Giulio D'Ercole - Canvas Africa Productions
Photojournalist and Documentary Director Producer
This photo-video, "Before and After the Rain", with music from Fabrizio Sferra, is a personal recount of the rainy days in Rome. The photos taken in February 2014 would like to suggest the impressions I had of these days, when everything seemed to be seen from behind a glass hit by never handing rain drops, and the water of the River Tiber kept on growing like an unstoppable wave, flooding Rome with mixed dark feelings of gloominess, fascination and danger.
"The Treatment", the original Italian title is "La Cura", is a shortf fiction film I wrote back in 2002, during a short stay in Milan... in between jobs and places. At that time I had a dentist who used to talk and talk and talk as he was working on my teeth. Sometimes even asking me questions I obviously could not answer, as my mouth had his tools cleaning my painful cavities. It was one of the most awkward situations I ever found myself in. And it made me think: how could I work and transform that personal situation in something universal? The whole plot should play around a simple fact: one guy is in total power, while the other cannot move at all, can't even talk....he can just listen and list and listen. But what is behind this psychological, and physical torture? "The Treatment", is just about that.
When I was young, like most of young people, especially at the time of my adolescence, I used to write poetry. I did it at home... in the '70s we did not have internet or cell phones to be (dis)connected with the entire globe, and we spent time connecting with our feelings and most inner moods. Later on, in my 20s and 30s, I began appreciating of walking around my old town. Rome is a spectacular place to stroll. From time to time, especially at night, I topped in small bars, and while looking at people passing by, I wrote on my small note books. I took this habit with me in my New York years. How many papertable cloth and paper napkins I filled with my toughts there! In 2003 I left NY too to Kenya. Africa took, inspired my visual eye. I put down the pen and I pointed my camera lens. I felt uneasy to describe Africa with my western words. Better to stop the moments with a more "objective", less intellectual tool. In 2011 I began to gradually go back to Italy. The feeling, the memories of roots re-surfaced from deep below. This photo-poetry is just about that.
There are ghosts all around us. They are not the ghosts of dead people as one might think. They are presences of the living, lost in the fog, in the darkness, in the loopholes of life. These ghosts, this presences are evanescent, almost invisible, transparent to our distracted eyes. And yet not only they are there, but the are ALWAYS there, because it takes a second for us to be them, to become them. It takes almost nothing to have our life going from the flamboyant running after success and fame, enjoyments and speed, to that state of blue and nostalgia, that timeless twilight space were things lose their sharpness to fall in the oblivion. "Urban Ghosts" is a work in progress that surfs the night, looking for those presences.
"From Dusk to Dawn" is the result of a quick, simple editing of some photos I shot in mid July 2015 as I went from "il Ponte della Musica" to a couple of other locations in downtown Rome, namely Castel Sant'Angelo and the "Fori Imperiali". The result is a video that puts together modern and ancient architecture in Rome connected by a nocturnal music wrote by my friend Fabrizio Sferra.