Inspired by an in-depth reading of Giacomo Leopardi‘s poetry, Italian artist Francesco Lopazio‘s pictures question man’s habitat and his relationship with nature. Without composing a strict and linear narrative, the photographer lets himself be carried away by his travels and captures, with intensity, the theatricality of daily life. “With minimalism, I pursue this feeling of isolation that transports us to a higher state of consciousness. To be able to admire what we have in everyday life,” he told us last January. His striking shots open the doors to a dreamy, almost ghostly universe. Mysterious and allegorical, the characters and animals seen here and there seem to keep a secret that the photographer tries to whisper to us. Today, discover the man behind the pictures with Francesco Lopazio’s Chinese portrait!

If you were…

One of your images?

The lonely shepherd.

A colour?

Aquamarine.

A fictional character?

Legolas from The Lord of the Rings!

A dream photoshoot?

A red hair girl riding a white horse in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

A city?

San Francisco!

A book?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

A piece of music?

« Gosh » by Jamie xx.

An anecdote?

On holiday, I walked into a house thinking it was the one I had rented. It was only when I saw all the rooms occupied that I realised it wasn’t mine. I ran away…

An Instagram account?

Brendon Burton’s one: @burtoo !

A thinker and a quote?

“For one to be free there must be at least two” , Zygmunt Bauman.

A camera?

The Mamiya 7 II.

© Francesco Lopazio

Francesco Lopazio © Mario Pio D’Apote