Lens: Voigtlander nokton 50mm f1.1
Camera: NEX-7, ISO3200, f1.1, 1/60, raw
I met Edoardo (the guy with the black hat) in high school. We were in the same class (here in Italy we don’t switch class depending on subjects, once we are divided into classes we follow all the subjects with the same classmates), and we became friends at the very first day of school. Since that day we’ve spent many hours playing video games, role play games, watching movies, dating girls, and having fun together. We even celebrated our birthdays together many times, since we were born with just a day of difference. That is, Edoardo is a day older than me.
If all the time spent together during (and after) school wasn’t enough, we happened to spend much of summer holidays together too. And here is where Massimo comes in the picture (the guy with the green hood). Massimo’s family owns a seaside-house very close to where my parents do. And Massimo is a friend of Edoardo since they were little kids. Edoardo used to come to my seaside house during summer for a week, and then to move to Massimo’s place for another week or two, so we spent a lot of time together. Again, we played some video games and role play games together, but mostly during those old summer days we chased girls and had fun on the beach.
I’m really glad I had a chance to know Massimo Berruti when we were kids because he’s now one of the best photographers around. If you look at the under-35 reportage photographers, I really think you may end up listing him in the top ten. I’m talking about Word Press Photo awards and Eugene Smith fellowships here, I’m talking about serious photography.
We had a wonderful night. Massimo is rarely home, usually somewhere far and dangerous collecting stories with his incredible photos. He hadn’t met Diego, Edoardo’s baby, yet, so we organized this little reunion at Edoardo’s place, in the countryside near Rome. Here we are, having a smoke after dinner, Edoardo showing us the boundaries of his property, Claudia coping with the biting cold of countryside winter, and Massimo enjoying the smoke and the night. I simply wish we’ll be able to repeat the event as soon as possible, because I have so many questions to ask and so many stories to listen to.