This is a story of friendship, adventure, love and the Southern Hemisphere.
My friend Giuseppe, also a photographer, was hired by Hannah + Alex for their destination wedding in Perth, Australia. Giuseppe was excited about the trip to Australia and asked me to join him for a road trip – a very, very long road trip via airplane – and I said yes immediately. We flew from Rome to Dubai, Dubai to Perth. And I shot my very first photos on Australian soil right there in the Perth airport. There was something about the atmosphere, something about the light.
Giuseppe and I spent our first morning wandering around Perth, exploring the streets with our cameras, sampling the extraordinary, Asian-influenced food. In the evening, we saw our first Aussie sunset, from a lovely little town just outside Perth called Fremantle. The children playing, a few tourists, a couple of small, cozy pubs. This was Fremantle.
My friend and I traveled for a few more days, visiting the beach at Cervantes, and marveling at the pristine vastness that is Australia and its natural beauty. Australians treasure this natural bounty; they set their lives to Mother Nature’s rhythms and displays, Everything is beautiful and filled with color and a sense of limitless space.
Giuseppe and I visited the Pinnacle desert in the Nanburg National Park, seeing hundreds of strange structures made of shell. At one time, that desert was the bottom of an ocean. Extraordinary.
We headed to a surfer’s point, keen to see the famed Australian surf scene. It did not disappoint! In fact, it was like a movie: big, tall, strapping blonde Aussie guys, riding the waves, flying over the water in graceful arcs. It was stunning.
And, of course, all this time Giuseppe and I were shooting pictures.
There’s one more thing I’ll say about this wedding story and street project. Something I loved about the trip, in addition to the natural wonders of Australia and the beautiful wedding: I grew even closer to Giuseppe through this experience. We are relatively new friends and we bonded and shared thoughts and ideas – about our work, yes, and also about life and the world and the things that matter. We both agreed that the trip had been so much nicer because we made it together.
And then it was time to go home. To Italy. We spent our last two days in Perth, then headed to the airport. We were literally talking about the casual Aussie lifestyle when a Customs officer asked me if I would mind helping him train drug dogs at the airport. He asked me to please put some drugs into my bag so he could see if the dog was learning. I am relieved and happy to tell you that the dog did exactly what he was supposed to do and Giuseppe and I boarded our plane.