Despite Being Rome

This project is an exercise for me to discover what truly catches my eye when I explore the city I call home.

That's why I deliberately left out the iconic Roman elements that would make the city immediately recognizable in my photos. I didn't want to add any unintended meanings to my images.

In simpler terms, I just wanted to do some candid street photography in Rome, without the Coliseum and other typical Roman landmarks getting in the way.

Garbatella, a peculiar neighbourhood in central Rome

Garbatella Style
This is Garbatella, a peculiar neighborhood in central Rome, originally conceived for workers housing, in the '30s, Now it's a hidden treasure, where time seems to stand still.

Two relaxed guys with graffiti monster creeping in the back.

Creeping Monster
I shot this one while visiting the Museum of Else and Elsewhere, in the suburbs of Rome. I didn't find anything that impressed me much in there. Until I saw this.
PS: the two guys are not part of the exhibition, and neither is the sofa.

Street party

Street Party
Shot in Via dei Fori Imperiali in occasion of the Roman Gay Pride. Mostly I loved the galls' hairstyle.

Urban Jesus walking down the street

Urban Jesus
I came across this urban Jesus. Don't know why he's carrying his umbrella on a blue sky day. Why is he clenching his fist? Or is he holding something?

Pavement street artist

A Black Comedy
The street artist represents the Ego. His shadow is the ES. The bystander's shadow is the Super-Ego. And the magic box is the artist's right brain creativity container.

Loner girl with a glass of red wine

The Loner
Loner girl behind transparent plastic shield with a glass of red wine and a phone, looking at a stranger snatching a photo.

Old couple chilling out in a bar

Breakfast Club
Chilling out in a bar.

Down in an underground station

Underground Station
The Wait.

Girl getting into train

Trains & Shadows

Focus on glass of a train window.

Focus on Glass
Scratches and layers.

The altar

The Altar
Red Passion.

Rome is full of ups and downs

Roman Alleyways
Did you know Rome is full of ups and downs?
Literally and figuratively.

Whwwl acrobatics in Piazza Navona

The Wheel
Wheel acrobatics in piazza Navona.

Young guy doing skateboarding in Rome.


Weird looking man

Mind your tuft, dude...

Street Chess in Rome

Street Chess
Taken in the alleys around piazza Navona.

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Selected Works

SW X SWPhotography



Clues of AbsencePhotography

Reflecting WindowsPhotography

Foot LoosePhotography

KeylineBrand Design

Morocco Road TripPhotography

Streets of RomaPhotography

Il Tallone del CavaliereEditorial Design

Derive ApprodiEditorial Design

I Do FlowersPhotography

Massimo Künstler
Art Direction + Photography


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