Massimo Piazzi, 47 years old. He has always lived in the Val di Fiemme, Trentino, at the beginning with three brothers and a sister, mother and father – but who left them very soon – then with his wife Nicoletta and three beautiful daughters, Arianna, Elisa e Giorgia. So many people always around, very busy life. By profession, and also by conviction, he is deputy director of a credit union.
Tell us about your making photography
It is a passion that I grow for many years, in my shots I try to tell stories – of people, of places. This is why I love to travel and meet people. I have always admired very much who was able to cultivate their passions without calculation and without following fashions or conventions. I appreciate simple people, sincere and with authentic values… so I started to observe and learn about shepherds, farmers, artisans, I started listening to their stories, to photograph their faces and their gestures, and then the sights, the flocks… their world. I like it and it fascinates me. I did a workshop on the working of Bitto (a cheese of ancient origins, ed) in Valtellina and then a tour in Tunisia, where I photographed the cattle market of Douz and the shepherds in the wilderness, so many things were added to my research.
People, animals, and landscapes: on the basis of what sensations do you choose black and white or color?
I love black and white, which is usually my first choice, I opt for the color when it adds something to the story, for example, an autumn landscape or the typical headdress of a South American character. I use the color if I want to express joy and freshness, and when I try to give a sense of modernity. Then, however, often go to intuition. Where lines, curves and shadows are the protagonists, the black and white for me remains the best choice, as well as in the portrait for the most expressive faces.a
Do you have a “favorite” photo of which you are particularly fond of?
No, it depends on the moment, from my state of mind, but if I have to choose one I choose the black and white photo of a cat between two dogs taken in India. I called it Tolleranza (Tolerance).
Activities past, present, future?
I have some projects in mind for the forthcoming months… I recently completed a group on the topic of herding and farming in the summer I exhibited a series of portraits of Indian and Peruvians children, I titled the exhibition “Loro ci Guardano” (“They look at us”) a message for us adults, to acquire the knowledge that our behaviors affect their future more than our words. And my photos have been chosen for a scientific exhibit about the hand in the new Natural Science Museum of Trento (MuSe).