Giovanni Aiello Captures Candid And Spontaneous Moments In Street Photography

All images by Giovanni Aiello. Used with permission. 

There are typically two extremes to the street photography approach. One is being completely stealthy and ninja-like to capture spontaneous, unposed, and original moments happening on the streets, as if the photographer is merely observing without active interaction (eg Henri Cartier-Bresson). This is opposed to the straight-in-the-face, direct, confrontational approach (eg Bruce Gilden). Giovanni Aiello found himself identifying with the former approach in street photography, which he has been doing on the northeastern streets of Italy.

Since the University days of studying psychology, Giovanni Aiello has always been curious and fascinated by human nature and emotions. Therefore it was not a coincidence that he took up street photography to document everyday life around him, while including emotions in his street photographs. Giovanni claimed his photography has no journalistic intent or educational purpose, and instead he was merely observing the people he encountered on the street and tried to capture the feelings associated with the scenes he framed. He further acknowledged that, while images ultimately are shown in just two-dimensional format, human feelings however have infinite dimensions. 

Giovanni told us he was inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Davidson, Trent Parke, Alex Webb, Sebastião Salgado, and Eric Kim. A majority of his work is presented in high contrast black and white, drawing inspiration from the more traditional and classic representation of street photography, which was intentional and effective to further emphasize the emotions he brings out from the images. Although Giovanni was mostly shooting from an observer’s point of view, carefully preserving the candid and spontaneous moments, he has positioned himself close enough to his subjects on the street to capture enough drama with impact. Since there was no direct eye-contact, and the scenes as observed and shot were left naturally unpolluted by the photographer, this resulted in his images looking incredibly real with accompanying emotions so much more believable.
To find out more about Giovanni Aeillo’s photography work, you may check out his blog here.