We all have a dream, but sometimes we don’t dare to make it true, believing it is unachievable. Since I was a child, my dream was to travel the world and encounter new people, their lands, and narrate what I have discovered through the lens of my camera. It was my father-in-law Ernesto Illy who inspired and encouraged me. While I was listening to one of his wonderful stories about the world of coffee and the plantations he visited, I asked him: “Erny, wouldn’t it be beautiful to share all of this with people”? He answered: “You should do it.”
Everything became crystal clear: I had to communicate the stories and values hidden inside a cup of coffee. My first travel, disguised as a honeymoon, was 25 years ago in Kenya with my husband and an old borrowed camera. Since then my Nikon and I visited more than 20 countries.
A journey without borders to the South: a bit like Ulysses, I’m guided to follow “virtues and knowledge”. I search intense, strong and emotional pictures, full of beauty and dignity. I want to discover and learn, get to know the world and unfold it through photos of lands and peoples while sharing secluded moments of intimacy to make the unknown become familiar.
In all my travels, I uncovered places much more beautiful than could appeal at first sight, a world that could be improved if only we could overcome the ignorance that surrounds it.
Schopenhauer stated that the “real” world is hidden under a veil, the Veil of Maya, which makes humans see it as they desire instead of how it really is. I believe photography and storytelling are the best tools to lift this veil.