Many people seem to suffer from the delusion that if you don’t look at something, it doesn’t exist. Call it a coping mechanism, a way to easier get through the small discomforts of the day or simply just a refusal to deal with certain things in life. Unfortunately, this delusion seldom proves itself effective.
Ignoring something does not make it invisible and photographer Donato Di Camillo‘s work is here to fight against the blinders most people chose to put on, when interacting with the eccentric people of society that they don’t quite know how to relate to.
His work is honest, bright and comes from a place of understanding rather than odd fascination, as Di Camillo is familiar with being in parts of society that tends to be looked down upon. Di Camillo is an ex-con, and his nearly three years in prison was exactly what made him take the leap towards pursuing photography and fulfilling the interest in the creative world he’s had since childhood.
Although he was unaware of this for the majority of his life, Di Camillo’s young adulthood spent in the streets ended up being the catalyst, for the social intelligence he needed to approach his subjects. When he started pursuing photography after his release from prison, he had to go to family for the means to buy a camera and lenses, but from then on there were no limits. Being streetsmart as he is, he is quickly able to decipher a situation and know if people are open towards having their picture taken or not.
“These people walk around and they’re faceless. I feel that everybody deserves a face”
The images are colorfull, sharp and bright, making sure that every detail is clear and visible on the faces and bodies of his subjects. Every the little drop of sweat on their forehead is highlighted in the pictures, the same way as the pictures themselves highlight the fact, that they spend the majority of their lives being invisible to people around them.