This project was born in Melbourne Australia in June 2006 after meeting the young Sicilian filmmaker Luca Vullo. Despite being raised at opposite ends of the world, we quickly discovered how instantly our roots and heritage connected us. We talked of our love of Sicily, and discussed the ideas of how we could visually communicate our take on the real Sicily. We wanted to capture a behind the scenes look of modern Sicily, minus the stereotypes that tarnish and blanket her real beauty. Elements of these old stereotypes remain true, but modern day Sicily is a place where its people strive to reinvent it and their future, while maintaining its rich history and culture.
In this body of work you will find a little about who I am and where I come from.
My intention was to capture the essence of Sicily.

It has been a journey in which I saw the real Sicily first hand with my own eyes, without the ‘where to guide’. It has been an emotional voyage of self-discovery that has reinforced my love and connection too this very special place. I hope the images of its people, the characters, the landscape and the passion and raw emotions displayed in this book will somehow give a refreshing insight into Sicily of the past, today, and the possibilities of its new tomorrow.

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Head On Photo Awards 2024

Entries to the Head On Photo Awards 2024 open in May/June.

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