After graduating from art and cinema school in 2009, photographer Alessio Trerotoli took some time to travel around the United States and Europe, taking pictures and creating memorable moments. Although his home in Rome, Italy offered plenty of beauty and comfort, the experience inspired Trerotoli to continue traveling, improve his photography, and build a portfolio. Eventually his hard work paid off and many of his images were featured in galleries around Italy and won awards from the Urban International Photo Contest and Abstracta Festival.
“I absolutely love the street, the stories that every corner and every building can tell,” says Trerotoli. “I try to feed my inspiration walking for a while every day and taking pictures of daily life in my city or in cities that I visit when I’m traveling. I always try to look for something beautiful around me.”
Trerotoli has also written a book, Fuori dall caverna, which features stories and photographs about his travels. Most recently he finished his first 365 project on Instagram and a 21km photo walk through Rome.
Out of all of his photos, Trerotoli has probably received the most attention from his Urban Melodies project. In this series he tries to create, by superimposing different pictures, an abstract representation of urban landscapes and contemporary life from modern metropolises like Rome, New York, Paris, Berlin, and many others. By juxtaposing different images, Trerotoli’s aim is to show a normal photo in a conceptual and impressionistic way. Everything is duplicated – the lights and structures multiply and build a unique vision of life for the viewer.
“Superimposing photos is an art that needs creativity, fantasy, curiosity, and most of all, lots of patience,” says Trerotoli. “It’s like a puzzle, an enigma to solve. A solution exists, the right combination exists, but we have to find it. There are no preset rules, only the rules that we decide to impose. Usually I superimpose four or five different pictures of the same place or the same subject to create an image.”
Castel Sant'Angelo (Roma)
Central Park (New York)
Moulin Rouge (Paris)
Rainy Day (Roma)
The City that never sleeps (New York)
There is a light that never goes out (Roma)
Traffic Jam (New York)