Few months ago, just before Xmas, a friend of mine wrote me from NYC looking for an accomodiation just for a couple of days for his friend Paul, who was going to make a book presentation in Milan.
At that time I had just moved into my new flat with my gal, feeling king of lonely after years spent living together with the other VOLTA partners. So we took the chance to welcome Paul, hoping to have fun with this stranger.
Come to find out that Paul is Paul Barbera, a photographer I loved for his project "WHERE THEY CREATE, a great visual document about creative people and the places...where they create.
Came to find out that Paul is a really joyful, interesting, full-of-anecdotes guy.
Came to find out he parties hard.
Came to find out he's also running the "LOVE LOST" project and finally one night, after plenty of drinks, it bumped to mind that we had never done an Xtravelling gallery in Milan and thought we would have loved to see Milan through his eyes, through the Love Lost point of view.
After a vodka-and-tonic sipping night, the new Xtravelling Series #8 was conceived: a new, exciting, intimate vision of a city. Our city. Milan.
Paul Barbera was born in Melbourne, Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1994. Paul works between Melbourne, Amsterdam and New York.
Paul established himself as an interiors and lifestyle photographer, working with publications like Bloom, Elle Decor, Vogue Living and Jalouse. Paul has also worked extensively on advertising productions. His work has taken him to places like India, New York, Argentina, Turkey, Brazil, Germany and Italy to name a few.
The publishers that do Frame / Mark / Elephant Magazine turned 'Where They Create', a visual document of creative environments of artist & creatives, into a book on the past September 2011.
Paul is also running Love Lost, an ongoing narrative web based project realized as an intimate view of the people that Paul encounter during his many travels.