Silver 2020 / People / Self-Portrait (Non-Pro)

My Quarantine In Bergamo

  • Prizes
    Silver in People/Self-Portrait
  • Photographer
    Silvia Alessi

I'm Silvia, 44, I live in Bergamo, the most affected city in the world by the Coronavirus epidemic. I live just 4 km from the outbreak of Alzano Lombardo. I own a hairdressing salon, since 8 March (the lockdown day) I had to close my business for the first time in my life. We all barricaded ourselves at home overnight, while people were dying in hospitals. The uncertainty about tomorrow, the fear about today, the surreal situation: locked at home alone, I wanted to document all these new feelings through photos: loneliness, weakness, uncertainty, anxiety.

I was born in Bergamo, Italy in 1975. I have worked as a hairstylist and make up artist since I was 17. In 2004, while on a trip to Asia, I discovered an interest in reportage photography. I have since travelled extensively pursuing my passion for photography and “telling stories worthy of being told.” My process is a blend of artistic expression and reportage, inspired by an openness to diverse cultures and traditions. Blending this openness with curiosity and artistic expression has allowed me to produce award winning photography.