Photographer Niko Giovanni Coniglio Takes Stunning Photographs of His Mother

Niko Giovanni Coniglio is a portrait photographer from Italy who uses photography as a tool to know his mother.

I started photographing my mother to learn how to use a camera. I continued doing it in order to spend some time with her. I'm still photographing her to witness and tell our story. Photography is a sort of bridge in our relationship and helps me to know her. With this, I don't mean that photography can fill the communication gap between us. Spending more time with my mother, I realized that our relationship is charging itself with life's difficulties and contradictions. What I mean to say is that photography is one of the very few contact and discussion moments between us, becoming the main one for several years now. The project is called "Daniela, portrait of my mother", but it's not just my mother's portrait. In this work I seek to represent the events of her life (and their impact on me), as well as my own family experiences. Sometimes I simply try to stage situations that then become real, a memory in the making even as the shutter opens. This project is also one of my main study tools, a way to prepare myself for the work I do and how I present myself at the professional level. It's a business card for my personal way of shooting photos. "Of course, some painful cracks developed in my soul and I lived away from reality for who knows how long". This is one of the sentences my mother wrote in her diary, which offers an important reference point for this work.