In the course of my life I have often met world-famous artists, especially in the field of literature and music. As a portrait photographer I could not remain impassive in the face of the light emanating from their eyes. So I was lucky enough to experience the portrait with particular souls, because the photographic portrait is first of all an experience that goes beyond the final result of the work.
Among the personalities that stand out in this selected portfolio: Devakant, internationally renowned musician in the new age and musician at Osho; and Angelo Tonelli, one of the most famous enlightened minds and translator of the major Greek classics (all the tragedies of Euripides for Bompiani and Marsilio, Visions and Awakenings by Zosimo di Panopoli; Caldaic Oracles for Bur; Xenophanes, Parmenides, Zeno, Melisso for Feltrinelli; “Eleusis and Orphism: the mysteries and the Greek Initiatory Tradition” and many others whose list would be truly enormous. Beyond their personalities, these men have made up part of my personality and getting in touch with them in this way, was a small tribute to their teachings.
Devakant began studying Western classical music as early as the age of 7, he continues his composition studies at Berkeley and specializes in Indian classical music.
In 1978 he went to India and settled there for over 7 years to deepen his knowledge of him and learn vocal techniques of Indian classical music and Rudra Veena.
He spends many years with the mystic Osho which initiates him into the art of meditative music: a fundamental meeting, which leads him to the creation of a deeper musical style,
based on silence.
He lives for many years in Japan where he studies in Buddhist temples and Zen monasteries, he explores the Himalayas, visits Tibetan monasteries and the sacred archaeological sites
of Central and South America, here he collects the seeds that will soon bloom in his musical compositions.
Angelo Tonelli, poet, performer, theater director, is one of the greatest living Greek scholars. Born in Lerici in 1954, he studied Ancient Philosophy with Giorgio Colli at the University of Pisa. Works of poetry: Canti del Tempo (winner of the Eugenio Montale prize), Crocetti 1988; Fragments of the perpetual poem, Campanotto 1998; Alphaomega, variations for violin and voice, Abraxas / Keraunós 2000; Poemi dal Golfo degli Dei / Poems from the Gulf of the Gods, Agorà 2003; Canti di Apocalisse ed Estasi, with an introduction by Roberto Bertoni and an appendix of translations in English, German, Hungarian, Latin by Antonio Staude. Non-fiction works and editions of classics: Sulle tracce della Sapienza (Moretti and Vitali 2009) Sperare l’insperabile: per una democrazia sapienziale (Armando 2010);Le parole dei Sapienti: Xenophanes, Parmenides, Zenone, Melisso (Feltrinelli 2010); Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides: all the tragedies (Bompiani 2011, 3100 pages, text opposite); Orphic gold tablets (Tallone 2012); The Words of the Wise Men, vol. II: Eleusis, Orphism, Orphic gold sheets, Papyrus of Derveni (Feltrinelli); Introduction to Greek tragedy (Bompiani).