Basilicata, Italy 2014
Video portraits was the first project in which I used my camera as a means of engagement to spark conversations and to make connections, rather than a tool for collecting images and sound. Working in broadcast media I became disillusioned with the power of media to affect real change and wanted to experiment with other methods of using the camera. I was interested in forging deeper connections and setting the foundations for long-term sustainable practices. This led to an experiment in using the camera for beginning meaningful conversations. A method for sharing ideas and listening to each other. In response to the flow of Matera this was a spontaneous, resilient, patient way of connecting with the community, allowing locals to take the lead in defining the content. Adapting to the social and cultural rhythms of the city.