Therefore traveling through those straits resembles traveling on a line between reality and perceptions. In order to figure out some mysteries you need to look at special points of the world from different angles. Sometimes you need to watch it at the same level, sometimes at sea level and sometimes you need to watch it from the sky.
There are many things to tell… Among many other starting lines is my idea of distance. What actually divides the two continents, Europe and Asia, has been and still continues to be on balance at the appointed place of their most powerful experiences. So you necessarily consider the straits as a metaphor. The straits determined and regulated a complex set of geographical, political and social locks during history. The way they blend, fertilized and demolished resembles the human capacity of coexistence. That is the most amazing part to me. This resemblance means that we should surrender to extraordinary views of mythology, antiquity and innovation.
Davide Monteleone was born in Italy in 1974. He quit his degree in engineering and went abroad when he was 18 years old. He lived in the US and England. He returned to Italy in 2000 and completed his education on photography there, as he had become interested in photography. He then started working with the most outstanding magazines of Italy. He moved to Moscow in 2001 and started working as a reporter at the Contrasto Photo Agency. He lived in Moscow until 2003. Since 2003, he splits his time between Italy and Moscow. His works were included in many publications, among them l’Espresso, The New York Times, TIME, Stern and The New Yorker. Monteleone, in addition to his personal projects, published his first book, “Dusha, Russian Soul,” in 2007. His “La Linea Inesistente” was published in 2009. Monteleone’s works have received many awards, including the World Press Photo, The Aftermath Project Grant, Sony World Photography, the Emerging Photographer Grant and the IPA. Monteleone has since October 2011 been a member of the VII agency.
For an interview with Davide Monteleone see www.timeinturkey.com