The long gulf shaped and sandy shore of Nagoa Beach is the centre of leisure of the small island of Diu off the coast of Gujarat. Here the Gujarati middle class escape the frenetic life of the city sprawls to enjoy the sun, the hotels and their families. With a thick jungle and a beautiful seaside Fort, Diu is seldom visited by tourists from outside the state and international visitors are a rarity.
Furthermore Diu acts as a tolerant area in terms of the alcohol prohibition heavily enforced in Gujarat. This very particular feature is in full swing on the beach where the men drink happily under the sun and play in the waves with their children whilst the women on the beach observe and take the occasional clothed dip.
These portraits are an account of the people I met during my stay and a result of a photographic exchange between myself and the photographed. Somewhere on mobile-phones and digital cameras are images taken of me by the men you see below. As a completion to the project I have been trying to locate their images ever since my return from Diu.
Niccolò Fano is born in Rome, Italy in September 1985.
He studied art and design (BTEC National Diploma) at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury and holds a BA in Photography at the UCA in Farnham under course leader Anna Fox. He recently received his Masters degree from Central Saint Martins (2010) and completed the awarded Creative Ventures MBA elective at London Business School (2010).
Niccolò’s work is informed by his numerous travels and varied interests and influences from within the ever-evolving social and cultural panorama. Identity, globalisation and socio/anthropological enquiry are just a few of the issues and themes he explores in his projects.
Niccolò has participated in numerous International exhibitions and awards. He also holds a great passion for the teaching aspect of the photographic medium and has worked as visiting lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, and the UCA in Farnham where he also held an artistic residency in 2009.
Since 2011 Niccolò has been working as project manager for artist Karen Knorr.
Currently Niccolò is freelancing as curator and consultant in Rome, Italy.