Mariano Viola


Walking through the aging citizens of Milan

photo-100 Via Rubens. July 25, 2019.

I started to make street photography almost a year ago, I did it mostly during my early morning and late evening commuting. At that time I didn’t have a project in mind, it was a random journey without a particular target. Later on I discovered that old people figures visually emerged in several photos, especially in those taken during the hottest months of the year when the younger Milanese population usually migrate towards the pre-alpine lakes and the beaches along the peninsula coasts.

I can’t say exactly why I unconsciously shot that pictures at first, then I realized that in my eyes, elderly people are bearers of fragility and solitude as well as persistence and perseverance. This ambivalence created a positive tension that brought me to portray them consciously and what follows is a partial documentation of this persistent and at the same time fragile layer of humanity.

photo-50 Via Rubens, Milano. April 24, 2019.

photo-75 Via Bisleri, Milano. August 6 2019.

photo-75 Milano Centrale. June 1, 2019.

photo-100 Parco Sempione, Milano. August 3, 2019.

photo-50 Parco Sempione, Milano. June 6, 2019.

photo-75 Via Rubens, Milano. August 14, 2019.

photo-50 Viale Osoppo, Milano. August 5, 2019.

photo-75 Via Meravigli, Milano. January 14, 2020.

photo-50 Piazza De Angeli, Milano. February 8, 2020.

photo-75 Via Cannobio, Milano. April 15, 2019.

Photos have been made with a Nexus 5X and a Pixel 3a in Milan between April 2019 and February 2020.

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