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Caleido postcard by Stefano Rosselli photographer

Caleido tells the travel diary of Stefano Rosselli in degraded places. Welcome to Caleido, an inspirational diary, that narrates many stories: about creative people, trends, travels, objects. / Read the Editor’s letter here.

Diary by: @stefanorosselli

Ph. Stefano Rosselli
Ph. Stefano Rosselli
Ph. Stefano Rosselli
Ph. Stefano Rosselli
Ph. Stefano Rosselli
1. If you were to select photographs to paste into your Summer Diary, called ‘Summer Panorama’, what would they be? Thinking back to when you took them, what struck you?

For four years now, in July, I always set off on my Vespa around the Italian coast in search of curious stories and characters. The recurring theme in many of my photos is the paradox of seeing people who, heedless of the degradation, spend their holidays in places that are hardly imaginable as tourist spots. Seeing bathers swimming or sunbathing near factories, often illegal dumps or in other places where bathing is forbidden is an aspect that has always struck me greatly, partly because it is a story that belongs to me, coming from Piombino, a town that many years ago had the same problems.

Ph. Stefano Rosselli
Ph. Stefano Rosselli
Ph. Stefano Rosselli
Ph. Stefano Rosselli
2. If you were now in that precise condition, and you had to send a postcard, to whom would you send it? What message would you write?

I would send the postcard to all my friends who habitually post on social networks the most exclusive and most expensive places they go in the summertime. Once in Sicily they had thrown an unimaginable amount of rubbish bags under a sign with the name of the place on it. The paradox was that it was called the French Riviera. I would say that I would send a greeting saying ‘many greetings from the Côte d’Azur‘.

Ph. Stefano Rosselli
Ph. Stefano Rosselli
Ph. Stefano Rosselli
Ph. Stefano Rosselli
3. What is one object you would never part with (apart from your camera)? What emotions does it arouse in you?

Until my last report in Ukraine I had nothing I was particularly fond of. Today I would never part with a small crucifix that some nuns gave me in Odessa after a bombing. Even though I am not a believer I feel it is bringing me good luck.

Ph. Stefano Rosselli

Ph. Stefano Rosselli

Caleido postcard by Stefano Rosselli photographer
Stefano Rosselli was born in Livorno and spent his childhood in Piombino, a small industrial town by the sea in the centre of the Tuscan coast. “I grew up in a place where joking and teasing was the main pastime and probably the best way to deal with life’s big and small problems. This experience certainly helped me develop an eye for the tragicomic side of human behaviour, which I brought back into my photography. Having spent my childhood going to the beach in front of steel mills and power plants, I decided to start my project, which I called “The Human Comedy” right from the beaches where I grew up, to tell and relive that paradox of relaxing and holidaying in degraded places. In 2018, after working for 30 years as a creative director in international advertising agencies, I decided to devote myself completely to my photography project. After leaving my job, I took my old Vespa and started to make long trips around the Italian coasts, photographing reality through its most grotesque but also most poetic aspects. The reason why I decided to tell the story of humanity through a reportage on the beaches, is because the human being in these places goes back to being himself, not having the possibility to disguise himself behind fancy clothes and accessories. In these 10 years, I am building a universal family album where there is room for everyone, no one excluded”.

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