Roberto Boccaccino October 15, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Latvia.
Independence Day. Riga. Latvia 2009
Roberto Boccaccino (b. 1984, Italy) is a freelance photographer who has worked with the former Grazia Neri Photo agency for two years. His photographs have been published in Italian and international magazines including: Private Magazine, IO Donna, Stiletto and Euroman. His work has been shown in personal and collective exhibitions and festivals in Milan, Arles and Florence. In 2009 Roberto studied “Advanced Visual Storytelling” at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus. His project ‘Toy Town’ about the relationship between the Lego Company and the town of Billund, was selected for the Lumix Young Photojournalism Festival 2010.
About the Photograph:
“This photograph is from my project called ‘Riitdiena’ (tomorrow). It’s about the feelings and the future outlook of the younger generation living in a country with one of the gloomiest economic crisis in all of Europe. I took this picture in the cemetery of Riga, during the celebration of the Latvian Independence Day, on 18th November. Unlike the youth from several European countries, the ones in Latvia have a strong patriotic feeling. The decades of foreign occupation have instilled in them a love and emotional attachment that inevitably influences their behavior and choices.”