Le Petit Souffle
11 Jan, 2023
Photographing the boat life of fishermen in Normandy, I realised how fishing, like few other human activities, manages to combine the spiritual and manual aspects of work. Life on the fishing boats of Normandy seems like a theatrical spectacle, the nets and wire ropes provide the backdrop. Every single gesture of the fishermen moves to the rhythm of the blowing wind and has a precise meaning. The force of their actions creates an ancestral ritual: sometimes it is a ritual of hard, tiring but honest struggle, other times it is a ritual of contemplation that is still capable of speaking respectfully to nature. Fishing on the coasts of Normandy has been handed down for centuries from generation to generation. Today, there are several factors that test the fishermen's love and obsession for this work: the spread of industrial fishing, the rising price of fuel, the problems linked to Brexit, the plan to build wind turbines where there are fishing routes. Around fishing lives a community that shares joys and sorrows, expectations and efforts, goodbyes and reunions, but above all the same unique experience of spending existence at sea, welcoming the dawn and nightfall.
Ciro Battiloro (Torre del Greco, 1984) is an italian photographer based in Napoli. He studied philosophy at “Federico II '' University of Napoli and after that specialized in documentary photography. His work is an overall analysis on human beings. He uses a very intimate approach and throat everyday life he discusses more general social thematics. In particular his research of the last years is focused on some urban marginalities in South Italy (Rione Sanità in Napoli, Quartiere Santa Lucia,Cosenza). In 2015 he was selected for the 2nd edition of LAB, Irregular Laboratory created by Antonio Biasiucci. His works have been published in several magazines and been exposed in different museum/galleries: Galleria Lia Rumma, Galleria del Cembalo, SMMAVE Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, Galerie vom Zufall und vom Glück…and festivals: Photo Is:rael, Festival de photo MAP Toulouse, In Cadaques, Helsinki Photo Festival, Cortona on the Move Festival, IMP Festival-International Month of Photojournalism. His works received different awards: Grand Prix MAP, Honorable mention Grand Prix Face à La mer, 3rd prize Premio Canon Giovani, Premio Voglino-Young Talent...