Before everything gets lost forever

Photos by Carmelo Eramo

Carmelo Eramo was Born In Altamura, Puglia in Italy in 1973. He’s graduated in Philosophy and Primary education science.

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“Before everything gets lost forever” is a journey diary in my south.

In a Southern Italy always in the balance between the past and a contradictory and difficult present, between stagnation and progress, between old inheritances and wild speculations, I tried to capture the poetry of what is disappearing and how much still remains, searching among the narrow streets and the houses of ancient villages and small towns of Apulia and Lucania, in the old beating and sometimes suffering and dilapidated hearts of cities that are expanding between buildings and development too often unsustainable.

Here I wanted to take, with the eye of street photographer, scenes of ordinary and simple as ancient everyday life, trying to capture moods and gestures, faces and rhythms that still tell us about the distant and alive past, rooted in the ways of living and customs of the people, especially the elderly. In a time that easily removes everything, fascinated by an hectic modernity and at the mercy of fashions, there is a time that flows much more slowly, following rhythm all its own, as it does for centuries. A time that can still paint scenes and atmospheres of an ancient and poignant beauty, a world that is aging on the faces of the elderly and on the shabby walls, but finds new life in the street games and in the childrenís smiles.

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