Lucca Light, Life and Love
by Raffaello Ferrari
About the Book
This is the city of Lucca as I feel it. The story of a city as seen throught the eyes of its inhabitants..cultured inhabitants depicted by their shadows and fleeting presences rather than by recognizable clear-cut figures.
Lucca is famous for its Walls: here the Walls of Lucca are described in a different light. A photographic eye that does not seek monuments, architecture or the history of this work of art but which is looking for people, emotions and the "life " that flows through its veins.
Lucca is the city of 100 churchs. I never found a church completely in the dark, every time that I enter there is always a light, however small, but it exists. It's written in the Gospels: "And Jesus said: I am the true light" and it's this "Light", this "Presence" that I looked for in these pictures. The search for God or his spirituality in places of worship through a fleeting ray or a hidden shadow.
Lucca is famous for "Comics&Games": an european meeting for comics and cosplay. It 's the world I love best. A colourful fantastic world where everything is possible, even the "most mature adults” relive their childhood and fantasy takes the place of reality.
And in Lucca there are a lot of Craftmen: they work.. with the hands, with the heart, with the mind...
So this is Lucca in its shadows, Walls, comics, churchs and craftmen.
I approach photography in 1998, attending first-level courses and then "Educazione all’Immagine”. In 2000, I was one of the founders of "Photolife Lucca” circle of photography. In 2006, I took part in the workshops ("Reportage and Social landscape") held by the photographer Ivo Saglietti and I start solo exhibitions. My reportage "Young Fishermen" is earmarked in the Lucca DigitalPhoto Contest and exhibited during the photographic exhibition. From 2008 I followed the associations of role-play GrvItalia and Camarilla Italy. My photographs are published in the their association guides. In 2010 the photographs of the walls of Lucca are acquired by the photographic archives of Lucca and become part of the city's history. I participate in the international contest "The First Bends International Internet-based Photography Competition":one of my photos reenters in the first 500 (on over 32000) and it was exposed in China. In 2013 about 60 photos are in Vogue's site: Art+Commerce.