Could you please introduce yourselves?
AR: Hi, my name is Andrea Roversi, I’m 35 and I’m a freelance photographer graduated at “Scuola Romana di Fotografia”. I collaborate with photojournalism agency Parallelozero, and my work is mostly focus on the relationship between man and nature.
LP: I live in Rome. In June 2017 I graduated from the Roman School of Photography and Cinema where I studied photography in all its forms.
Co-founder of the 3/4 study, I work as a freelance photographer and videomaker and I dedicate myself to long-term personal projects. Passionate about documentaries, I want to tell reality every day. I am interested in people and their stories, trying to create memories, to last over time.
JB: What makes you happy?
AR: Travel with my car around the country, feel the nature, listen the sound of rain, but also watch a documentary movie, listen ambient music, drink a beer with my friend, take care of my cat!
LP: The sea in winter.
I was born in Trani, a small Apulian village on the sea.
Every morning I saw the fishermen’s boats leave and return to the port.
Along the way the smell of fish was intense and there was a mix of voices: the fishermen’s stalls were next to each other. I grew up with the sea, it was everywhere. While I was accompanying my mother to work, when I was leaving home, when at the end of the day we opened the windows in the kitchen. Everywhere.
JB: How did you get started with Photography?
AR: I start with photography 5 years ago, was a time of my life in which I was looking a way to say something about me and I think that photography help me a lot in this world.
LP: When I was a child, during many trips with my family, my father stopped at the restaurants and bought me the disposable kodaks.
I used them to tell our travels.
My father always followed us with an old camera, he resumed everything.
Looking at him, I followed him.
He gave me the first compact camera, which I still keep.
I started from there and my father, still today, takes so many pictures.
JB: Who are some of your influences?
AR: I don’t have any specific influences, I look a lot of pictures every day looking for something that arrive inside of my heart!
Instagram give me chance to see hundred pictures everyday and this help me to grow up in my photography.
LP: I try to discover and observe as many photos as possible, every day.
Lately, regard and regard the photographs of Todd Hido, those on the houses of others.
I got the curiosity to spy on other people’s windows, to photograph them and to see who’s behind them.
JB: Is there any favorite spot/country and why?
AR: Iceland is my favorite place in the word.
I spent months there,in a farm located in the north of island, during summer and winter and is the only place where I really feel at „home“.
Why? I think because in Iceland you can have deep relationship with nature, you can be alone with yourself and you can really face up to you.
Of course, Iceland is also beautiful, in few km you can see vulcano and glacier, sea and mountain!
LP: My favorite place is in Basilicata, the land where my mother grew up: Nova Siri.
I spent the summers of my childhood running barefoot in the land in the country, with the animals and the winters to heat the bread on the fire.
It is that place where, after a while, it becomes necessary to return.
I saw Iceland for the first time last year.
Since then I believe that Iceland is the place where I would like to live, I would like to travel again from here.
I like the farm, life here, where at the end of the day we always sit around the table together.
These are things that are good for the heart.
JB: Please tell us something about your project „Til nordurs.“
A&L: From Rome to Reykjavík, crossing half of Europe, from Austria to Germany until Denmark. Then we are going to embark our jeep and sail to the Färöer
North of Denmark, an obbligatory stop: an arcipelago made up by 18 islands immersed in the North Atlantic Ocean, among breathtaking landscapes and picturesque villages.
From there, we will reach Iceland. The departure and arrival point of what until a few months ago was just a dream: a trip on the road from Rome to Reykjavík.
These are the stages of our journey, 10.000 km in 35 days in order to leave behind the grey chaos of the city and reach the true colors and pure sensations of unspoiled nature.
JB: How did the idea for it come to be?
A&L: We share the curiosity and the desire to travel, to constantly discover new places, even better if „isolated“ from the rest of the world. Do not have time to come back, we are already there to plan our next trip.
For us Iceland is the point of arrival, as if it were our place in the world, a place where, who knows, one day we would like to stop and, from there, travel again.
We discovered it almost by chance. Andrea, who has always loved the mountains, decided to undertake this trip for the first time eight years ago. And he understood that he would feel at home here, for all the years to come. Linda went to Iceland for the first time last year, after meeting Andrea and only one day in this Earth, she realized that it was a magical place, unique on the Planet.
From there, Iceland has become a dream, the „place of the heart“. The uncontaminated nature, the wild landscapes, the few people who live there and the solitude are all things that have only made us love them more.
Italy is crowded, not to mention Rome. The streets are busy at all hours of the day, there are people running, without stopping for a moment. There is some beauty around, but nobody stops to observe it. A comings and goings of people, each concentrated on their own run.
Supermarkets, pharmacies, cinemas are packed. Once we found a tiny cinema and it seemed so rare that we decided it would become „ours“.
In this chaos, finding yourself is possible? Is it possible to stop for a moment, close your eyes and inhale pure air? Air that is not composed of smog?
And from here, the idea of this journey: to get away from a reality that runs fast and distracted.
To reach the mountains, the huts, the ocean, the expanses of nature, silence. Find yourself again, regain calm.
Stop for a moment, feel one with the vast surrounding space. To observe. Driving for kilometers by car, with the risk of not meeting anyone, but despite this, do not feel alone.
Reaching places that seem to have survived the globalization of the planet, where nature and the light of day are to mark the daily rhythms.
Where one returns to the stables to milk the cows, and to work the land for sowing grass for the winter.
And it is above all the life on the farm that allows you to establish a direct relationship with nature: there are no breaks, the lambs can decide to be born even during the holidays and „every day is the same, but two days are never the same“ .
And then, again, the road.
The road, with the songs of the Sigur Ros in the background and watching, you think there is not a more beautiful place in the world than what is outside the window.
A place where you can feel at peace.
Where you are never tired before so much beauty. It almost moves you.
And loneliness does not disturb you, on the contrary, it makes you full. Nature takes care of it.
Because, sometimes, one feels alone in the midst of confusion, not the other way around.
And these are all our feelings that we would like to enclose in a book, to share with someone all this beauty.
Of course, there are places you have to watch with your eyes, smells that you must personally feel, like that of freshly cut grass at early morning, places you have to experience firsthand.
But we would like to try to share this trip with you, we want you to travel through our eyes.
From all this comes Til Nordurs, from Rome to the north of Iceland by car, crossing 5 countries and covering over 10000 km.
JB: What do you do for a living?
AR: I’m a freelance sound re-recording mixer beyond that photography.
My work consist to mixing all audio elements of a movie (Music, dialog and sound effect) according the needs of director!
It’s amazing create sound harmony of all this elements!
LP: I am a freelance photographer and videomaker.
In November 2017 I created a photographic collective with two friends, 3/4 Studio, with whom I deal with weddings and advertising campaigns.
JB: Where do you see yourselves in five years?
AR: In a small farm in Iceland!
LP: I wish I had written a book with my stories, I dream of doing it since I was a child.
I hope to live by publishing photography books, where I describe my travels and to be leaving for another journey, to be enclosed in another book.
And I will have a wooden house in Iceland.
JB: What is life in Rome like?
A&L: In Rome we have really hectic life, we have to push from morning to evening, Rome is big and caotic city, there is a lot of traffic and confusion, the public transportation are not the best in the world, so we have to „survive“ every day to this!
JB: How does a typical day in the lives of Linda Pezzano and Andrea Roversi looks like on their journey now and at home?
AR: Well, first of all, REALLY different is some aspect but really similar in other.
We wake up early in both cases but when we travel we are really relaxed and we usually have the possibility to take our time.
Not hurry, nothing to scheduled (apart from some exception), we usually take the car and go somewhere.
We scheduled all in Rome and for this reason we don’t want to organize nothing when we travel!
For example in those day we decided to came back in Faroe Island for 6 days before coming back home and we changed the ticket yesterday!
Every day is a new day and we never know what will happen and where we will go!
LP: In Rome my day begins around 7.30 in the morning. I bring my dog out, Nocciolino and from here, I start. My schedules vary depending on my work. If I have a wedding I can be away from 8 in the morning until one o’clock in the morning, if I have to post my photos or edit a video, I can also take all day.
Here on the road, I always wake up without an alarm clock at about 5 am: it’s nice to look out the window for a moment and go back to sleep for another three hours.
Breakfast with bread, butter and jam, sometimes Italian coffee, sometimes black coffee and in the car without knowing exactly where we will go and where we will stop, but in the meantime we go. We stop along the way, in the place we like best.
JB: What springs to mind for the following keywords?
Social Media — Opportunity
Music — Sigur Ros exibition in Djupavik, Iceland
Role Model — who risk and never feels arrived
Flow — Life
Inspiration — Iceland
Adventure — Driving in the nature
Social Media — Instagram
Music — Yiruma
Role Model — Mom
Inspiration — Thoughts
Inspiration — Dad
Adventure — Iceland
Find out more works of Linda Pezzano: https://www.instagram.com/linda_pez/
and Andrea Roversi: http://www.andrearoversi.it/