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Honorable Mention BIFA 2020 Editorial / General News

Sant'Agata

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Editorial / General News
  • Photographer
    Riccardo Colelli

"Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, man cannot live without a spiritual life." Buddha Sant'Agata is the religious festival of the patron saint of the city of Catania and considered the third most important Catholic festival. I am neither a Catanese nor a believer, but since 2015 after I moved to Catania I cannot stop photographing it. Maybe I'm just photographing my search for God. In these photos the initial stages of the celebrations.

I was born in Milan in 1971, grew up in Ostia Lido and after touring Italy in 2014 I stopped in Catania for sentimental reasons. Today I am the father of three children. Always attracted by visual arts and cinema in particular, I approach self-taught photography in 2011, strongly influenced by the "magic lantern". I have exhibited in several collective and personal exhibitions both in Italy and abroad, including New York, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Calgary and since 2012 I have been active in a portfolio with the photographic agency Art + Commerce Photovogue Collection.