‘Pel carrot’. ‘Sons of the devil’. ‘Matches’. ‘Rosso Malpelo’. Prone to hatred, outcasts, dangerous, bearers of terrible misfortune. Marginalized, persecuted, and in the Middle Ages even killed at birth, victims of ridicule and prejudice in more recent times. In Spain the Inquisition was argued that women who gave birth children redheaded had stolen the flames of hell and that this should be condemned to the stake, and is common even today the idea that red hair is a prerequisite of temperament too fiery and ‘mischievous’. If the ancient Egyptians claimed that the Reds were the sons of a powerful deity named Seth and that the same Ramses, the pharaoh most powerful in history, had red hair, there are also theories they want that Judas, the traitor of Jesus, He was a red-haired man. These are some of the stories, legends, opinions, prejudices, that have always hovered harassed and redheads.
Hence the idea of my project, over several months of work he collected fifty photo portraits of people with red hair: on the one hand, the most obvious intention is to put in naked to highlight these subjects as much as possible the ‘topos’ (freckles, white color of the skin), on the other hand, the idea deeper, which is also the soul of my work, is to photograph them as if they were ancient kings and queens, emperors and empresses, nobles and restore dignity and respect to a lineage of people hassled on time, demonized, or just teasing because different. Here I enclose ten of fifty photographs of the project that required a whole about eight months of work, necessary to the availability of the subjects. In this regard, it must be said that the power of word of mouth among redheads left me thrilled: every red photographed almost always know at least one other red, she knew another red and another red again, and so on, as if they were a kind of sect, a solidarity group composed of individuals genetically affiliates from centuries of rumors, misconceptions and gossip