“I use photography to discover life and find my place in this world. The camera helps me to linger, to slow down this busy life, and shows me all those little things that my eyes are not able to see.” – Emilio Barillaro
An amazing shot and some insightful words from this week’s featured street photographer, Emilio Barillaro. The camera does show us so many little things our eyes miss, doesn’t it? Take the above shot, for example. In this single photograph there are 14 faces with 14 different expressions. There are literally layers of people here, each person with their own story, their own world, and thanks to Emilio’s capture, we can give our eyes the time they need to soak up even the smallest details, to see both individuals and a collective group of people.
Emilio’s talent doesn’t stop there, though. Did you ever think underwater street photography was possible? I definitely didn’t, and yet, after viewing Emilio’s “The Confession of a Shark,” I somehow feel that I’ve discovered an important facet of street photography I was completely unaware of.
Emilio is also a member of the Italian street photography collective, Spontanea. Spontanea is a relatively small collective that is bursting with talent and a powerful collection of personal, collective and guest projects.