What is Naples and what does it mean to be Neapolitan? Mulino Caputo tries to tell it every day all over the world with its products and from today also through the lens of Ciro Pipoli, a young photographer from the famous Quartieri Spagnoli, Naples' ancient 'Spanish' Quarter. Take a look at Naples' everyday life through our own eyes.
Napoli è mille culure, Naples is a thousand colors, sang the late Pino Daniele - one of Italy's most beloved singer-songwriters - to describe his beloved Naples as a city of a thousand shapes and turns, in which in every alleys you can find forgotten significances.
In a way, this is the work of Ciro Pipoli, 26 years old, born in the Quartieri Spagnoli. Ciro crosses the city with his Nikon around the neck whenever he can, searching for everyday life. That normality that contemporary society wants to forget in favor of stereotyped images and that instead is for Ciro what actually makes Naples so unique! And this is how a chair left on the seashore can become the empty place of someone not to be forgotten or the "set another place at the table" of the ancient Neapolitan hospitality that in this case turns the world's most beautiful seafront into a single big banquet.
This is how, through Ciro's eyes, Naples' classic symbols are enriched by new symbols like children, clothes, elders, football balls, in short, the real life, like that behind a simple piece of bread.
5 direct and no-frills shots will be in the coming weeks the eye of Mulino Caputo on a Naples far from the usual images. We at Mulino Caputo will reveal them to you, week by week, on our Facebook page.
"I feel that the shot that most represents me is this picture that portrays me with 6 children and a football in the Quartieri Spagnoli - says Ciro - That's the photo that expresses the need for every Neapolitan to identify with the city. Only in this way we can stop complaining about things that aren't right and actively starting to resolve them. It is absurd that many Neapolitans are fascinated by the world's beauty without knowing how much of this beauty is held here, in our city".
Ciro's work for Mulino Caputo aims therefore to give a truer face to Naples, as true as the sharing of a pizza, but also as all the work that lies behind every dish put on the table.