Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” James M. Barrie

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” Gabriel García Márquez

Carlo, 94 year-old, engineer in retirement, widower for 12 years after 9 years of engagement and 49 years of marriage. He spends his days in a simple way, taking care of the house where he lives in Modena and trying to keep in good condition the second house on the  Modenese Apennine. He goes for a run every Thursday, to Mass every day. He loves opera, football and the Formula One. Occasionally he gives tutoring of Latin, Physics and Math to his grandchildren.

This project began from the desire to explore life starting from memories. 

Memories have a weight. This is the only real conclusion I have reached. A weight that is not quantifiable in any way and is not definable by any known unit of measurement. But certainly the memories, over time, more and more, define who we become and what we are.

On the left side, there are photographs from the present days, taken in Carlo’s every day life. On the right side, archive photographs from his past.

A wife, Lalla. The love for sports, cars, life itself. The four adopted sons because Lalla wasn't able to give birth to child. The travels. 

They are all pieces of a puzzle that he composes and reassembles in a daily loop in his speeches and in his words. 

The gap is evident, somehow scary, endearing and disarming, but at the same time, it’s the Gap that describes who we are.