This is an unpublished project premiered today on C41 Magazine.
Jacopo Papucci is an Italian-English street and documentary photographer, born in 1995 in Pisa, a bustling university town on the central west coast of Italy, renown world-wide for its iconic tower.
“I can still recall when, as a little boy, I would spend hours with my English grandpa in his darkroom. He had to do two years national service in the RAF after the Second World War and would never forget to pack his camera before his travels to both Egypt and South Africa. My childhood summers were spent in Wales, much of the time in that very special place printing old photos and listening to his fascinating stories of sea voyages, pyramids, dirt, heat and homesickness. Dust-caked enlargers, yards and yards of film and the pungent smell of chemicals that were way past their expiry date; these were my faithful summertime companions.”
This was also my first encounter with analog printing which I found spellbinding. A candid sheet of white paper which, after being immersed in a tray of liquid, would come to life, inch by inch. It was love at first sight.
Despite cultivating an interest in photography and embracing it as a hobby, Jacopo opts to further his education in the medical field and graduates from the Faculty of Medicine in 2018 as a registered nurse. After graduation he decides to get his first working experience in the UK where he stays for two years. Once back in Italy, driven by his creative impulse, he sets his mind on turning photography into a job. In 2020 Jacopo starts collaborating for a photographic studio in Leghorn, a stone’s throw from Pisa, which specializes in shooting weddings and fashion events, but only four months into the experience, he discerns it’s not the path he would like to take.
After this epiphany, he resolves to harness his creative energy and focus on his artistic research. His pursuit comprises investigating that sense of detachment experienced by mankind in relation to nature, capturing fleeting moments that evoke a twinge of nostalgia, perceived as an aching kind of solitude and melancholy, of seeking solace in the quiet of that aloneness. For Jacopo, attaining this mental and physical state is a way to finding answers to all those empirical questions that afflict us.
Thanks to the surprise element as well as the beauty of imperfection offered by analog photography, he prioritizes film over digital, especially 35mm.
“With my road-trip mentality, I make my way back home with my shots as keepsakes. Nostalgia for photos that our families used to keep in boxes that sat for years on the shelves of dark closets, to be opened up and dusted off on rainy days. To trigger smiles or tears.”
From 2021 he is represented by Looking For Art Gallery in Milan and Kintzing Agency in London.
About La Calle al pie del Volcán – words by Jacopo Papucci:
La Calle al pie del Volcán is a collection of photographs that was taken during my trip to Lanzarote in May 2021.
It is included in “Observations in the Ordinary”, an ongoing project that was spurred by my experience of the solitary world the pandemic threw us all into, with its physical confines and limitations. Curiously, the flipside to this was the gift of time and a slow but mindful appreciation of the simple things that surrounded me. The collection is an attempt to disclose the beauty of the ordinary.
As soon as travelling becomes possible I am eager to explore Lanzarote, the northernmost and easternmost of the Canary Islands. Not only am I fascinated to discover a place caught in the past, the island also lends itself perfectly to life on the road. Working spontaneously, almost aimlessly, my days are spent walking, observing , walking again until I turn a corner and bump into unexpected, enigmatic scenes of silent, forgotten beauty.