The idea of this photo reportage arose when observing the people in my residential quarter in Milan between October 2015 and February 2016.
I lived in Via dei Transiti, a vivacious quarter, which is famous for its provocative nature, numerous ethnic restaurants, and the large community of transgender people. I was fascinated by the transgender community. I wanted to meet them, to talk with them. I had so many questions to ask.
This how Ancora più vicino was born.
After a few weeks spent meeting various people from the transgender community, I decided to go further. My aim was to show a deeper perspective of the transsexual world beyond the streets and the prostitution. For this reason, I contacted the Milanese Association for Transgender, Sportello Trans di ALA Milano Onlus, where I met Chris,Lory, Bia, Samantha, Gianmarco, and Daniela. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the association and its members for their support throughout the duration of my project.
I do not think that this is a documentary about transsexuality.
I believe it to be, my first experience in which, during five months, I got close to a world that, so far, has been unknown to me. With the intention of telling different stories, from different people, each one unique, and with one thing in common: their transsexuality. This project aims to shed light on the lives of the people within one of the most misunderstood demographics of our society. Their lives have revolved around pain and suffering, but also contain great stories and victories over a society that too often refuses to welcome the light brought by our differences and diversities.
The driving force behind this work is love. Love for the unknown, for a new city, for a new quarter and its inhabitants, who allowed me to get even closer.
I believe, on some level, we will all be able to identify with the individuals I have photographed; maybe not in their sexual identity, but in the fundamental pursuit of human connection, closeness, and how we want to be perceived by others. Today, I am still passing through Via Padova where I always meet Nadia and Veronica, with their friends, who welcome me and my camera with open arms.