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| Amid Italy's coronavirus emergency, I have chosen to continue working by photographing and interviewing (together with my friend Gea Scancarello) people who are locked in their Milan homes, in compliance with the quarantine imposed by the government. I left lights outside their windows, disinfecting them first. The subjects brought them inside; from outside, I direct how to position them. To take these photos, we've complied with all the necessary safeguards.
Giovanna Baseggio, 34, and Alessandro Treves, 31. Every day, between noon and three p.m., a ray of sunshine filters through Alessandro’s windows. He enjoys sitting in that light, a rare moment of silence and peace to think about the moment in which he is living. “I believe this situation has some potential: it seemed impossible to set the world on pause, but a virus forced us to drop everything and think. Being barricaded in the house gives us the opportunity to become aware of so many things.” He's a photographer. He says, “I am not anxious at all: I think it is necessary not to be stupid but also we do not need to be paranoid." Giovanna, his partner, is more worried.
They were supposed to move in together at the beginning of April, which the quarantine somehow anticipated: “We chose to come to my atelier because it is very big and there is room for both of us,” Alessandro explains. Thinking about the future is not easy. “All the jobs I had at stake have been canceled, and I don’t know what will happen. But at the moment I am enjoying this sudden window of time that has been given to me.” Follow @natgeointhefield
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