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’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.