Gold 2020 / Book / People (Non-Pro)

Maze of Metamorphosis

  • Prizes
    Gold in Book/People
  • Photographer
    Silvia Alessi

This project took me much further than I thought at the beginning, and it was pure grace. Describing social issues in Japan through photography has proved difficult, more than anywhere else, due to seriousness and privacy typical of japanese people, and to the high standards that permeate every aspect of life. However, how much overabundance of meanings and connections, and how much I received in terms of personal growth! Butoh dance, that I approached in order to use it as a narrative device, overwhelmed me, and was deeply intertwined with the themes of the project.

I’m Silvia Alessi, from Italy. I’m based in Bergamo where I own a salon: I am a hairdresser and a make up artist. Like many others I love to travel and to take pictures, and so I have been doing for 15 years. In all these years I’ve tried to document people’s life in remote places. For many years I’ve been studying other photographers’ reportages on books or on social media, and a feeling became to grow within me. I don’t want to consider people as photographic trophies - I thought - I want to tell their stories through pictures.