Tigray & Amhara, Ethiopia
Sacred Highlands is a journey through the Northern highlands of Ethiopia, where holy men gather the masses to some of the most hidden and inaccessible rock-hewn churches in the world. From Tembien mountains to Gheralta, passing through the Easter celebration in Lalibela, this photo essay explores the roots of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
Horsemen roam the battlefield, spears are flying and hopefully there will be blood soaking the ground, a necessary toll to guarantee a bountiful harvest: this is Pasola, an astonishing joust that marks the end of a ceremonial ritual taking place after the February and March full moon, when sea worms called Bau Nyale flood the coast of South-West Sumba.
The laughter of the kids, the shabby look of a dimly lit dive, a man passing by in the chatter of the souk. While difficult to find at the rush hours during our everyday life, these unguarded moments are still vivid in the narrow roads, beyond the fences, behind the keyhole of closed doors, waiting to make us feel part of this world.
Batu Caves, Malaysia
Thaipusam is a journey of faith, a celebration of colors, of sounds, a stronghold of Hindu beliefs and culture. During the Tamil month of Thai, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gather to Batu Caves, Malaysia, to thank Lord Muruga for granting their wishes and protecting from illnesses.
Off the coast of Northern Palawan lie karst islands sculpted by water over million years, where local men known as busyadores gather this Chinese delicacy renowned for its health benefits. Barefoot and with the only help of ropes and bamboo poles, busyadores climb towering limestone cliffs for a bunch of nests, fighting with darkness and the constant risk of falling to their death.
Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan
The shepherd’s way is a trip on the footsteps of Kyrgyz shepherds, from the high pastures of snow-capped Tien Shan mountains to the animal market on the shores of Ysykkol lake, passing through majestic landscapes.
Black and white is an ever-growing collection of photographs spanning the long run from my first digital camera to these days. It is arguably my most personal work, an unconstrained learning journey and an exploration of different styles I discovered through the years.