Roberto Pazzi joins Nomad Photo Expeditions
I am very Happy to announce that Roberto Pazzi has joined Nomad Photo Expeditions. Roberto is a substantial asset for the team. A great photographer, a dedicated leader. Most of all a considerate, sensitive, human being.
Please find here bellow the interview with Roberto Pazzi Roberto gave in “You Pic” by Nikita. All images by Roberto Pazzi.
If you are interested in Roberto’s awards & recognitions, please visit Roberto Pazzi short CV .
When viewing your work it gets very obvious that you have traveled to different places, has there been a trip that was a bit extra special? If so, which one?
I like to think the most special trip is the one I still have to do. Every trip has been indeed a great experience of life. Every single destination taught me something new and special and those life lessons are difficult to compare. They are unique gifts, precious stones I’m collecting together trying to improve the mosaic of my life.
What has been most challenging during your career?
My career as a travel photographer is an ongoing daily challenge. I started to explore my great love for photography as late as 2013. I graduated in Engineering and I worked for 15 years on Information and Communication Technologies. I have always loved to travel and I found myself to be a backpacker from an early age. So the old passion for traveling and photography, made me decide to quit my job and change my life completely.
But if I have to choose one, probably the most challenging has been right at the beginning, a great leap in the dark without any certainty and only driven by the wings of my enthusiasm and passion. I had many detractors and only a few supporters and I had to invest a lot of energy and all the time available to be able to keep my dream alive. In the same period I relocated myself from Milan (Italy) to Palma (Spain) where I opened my own gallery, and it was at that point I understood that my dream could come true for the first time.
In what ways has photography affected your lifestyle?
I would love to say that photography saved my life. Before I started my journey as a travel photographer I was certainly not in danger of life. I had a highly professional high-paying job with numerous benefits and a well-identified and recognized social role.
But something was missing in my life, one thing but certainly the most important: I wasn’t happy!
Thanks to photography, I finally discovered what I really “want to do” and found the strength to abandon a life that I was carrying on only with what I “had to do” instead. Moreover, I’m very attracted by remote cultures which are threatened to fade away because of the progress and the consequent phenomenon of globalization. These cultures are typically characterized by great human values of simplicity, solidarity and, sustainability, those same values that too often in our civilized world we forget in favor of the personal interest and image.
They taught me a big lesson in life: to be true, to be real, to be simply myself. Not for others but just for me. Photography therefore indirectly brought me into contact with those values and, trip after trip I made all of them my lifestyle. Thanks to my work I learned to be myself and above all – to be honest with myself. It allowed me a few years ago to ask myself intimately if I was really happy and to understand that the answer wasn’t a full “yes”.
Furthermore, photography helped me also to identify what makes me feel really good. Thanks to photography I focused on my passion and on the simple little everyday things that on a daily basis makes me feel happy. Those are in the end, also the most important ones. So I created a long-term project to achieve my goal of happiness and I let my passion be the fuel that runs my engine. I broke down my project into smaller, feasible daily projects and I worked to be a bit better than the day before by completing my small projects of the day. Living without projects is like navigating without a compass.
Thanks to photography I’m the captain of my life and I brought freedom into my lifestyle. Freedom from the judgment of others, freedom from the fixed work, freedom from false social relations and, freedom from my fears and “comfort zone”. I started “to be” instead of “having to be” as what we own actually owns us, forcing us to waste our time and our freedom to maintain it.
Thanks to photography I stopped wasting my life carrying on activities I didn’t like, to collect money for buying things I didn’t want, to please people I really didn’t like. I love to say that… “photography makes me look at the world like a child. That reminds me that the simplest things are also the most important ones…”.
What do you wish to tell people with your photography?
With my photography I don’t have any particular message to tell.
I’m just carrying on what I love to do and what I love to do is to try to tell people stories of remote cultures, places, human beings, traditions often in strong contrast to the habits and lifestyle we are used to in our daily lives. With my photography I try to tell the simple but meaningful daily stories, traditions, and habits of ordinary people from all around the world.
Simple moments and shots describing the wonderful miracle of life. Every single face is like a book of the life of someone where every wrinkle is telling a story of that book. Behind every human being there are stories made of emotions, scents, lives, rumors, memories, voices, tired hands, wet eyes, smiles. To be able to transmit those emotions with my photos as clear and strong as possible, it is important to know what the story behind the subject is. That’s why I’m used to approaching a lot of people all around the world and spending time with them whenever it’s possible. Since I like to realize anthropological shots, the most challenging aspect is to be able to capture the right moment and the ability to create a “relationship” with the subject. That allows me to know more about the life, the culture and the character of my subjects, guiding me in the search of the elements that are to be included in my final work to tell their story.