November 23, 2020
LAST LIGHT IN BOLOGNA
IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGORIO PAONE
Photography by Gregorio Paone
Interview by Melanie Meggs
Gregorio Paone was born and raised in Calabria, in the South of Italy. He moved to Bologna in 2005 for university studies, graduating in Economics and Marketing and Social Communication as a second degree. Photography helps Gregorio understand his place in the world while observing those aspects of society that spark his curiosity. For him, scenes from daily life hide the secret of life.
Gregorio shares with us a series of photographs from Bologna that he intends to evoke a nostalgic feeling. It is an introspective journey that syntheses the relationship between the photographer and his city over a twelve year period. He has turned many contemplative walks into an opportunity to narrate his relation with this place: a story of lights and shadows, created by the characteristic arcades of the city centre, and colour games: the warm tones from the “cotto emiliano”, the yellow, the red and the orange. Gregorio sees the people in the photos as "background" to complete the scenography that illustrates Bologna's atmosphere, which is the real subject of these shots. Gregorio's Bologna is characterised by a suffused languor: just like the mood during the last light of day.
"If I knew how to tell stories with words, I wouldn't bother dragging a camera all the time."