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The Battle of the Oranges is a festival in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, which includes a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized groups.
It is the largest food fight in Italy
(from Wikipedia)

Oranges fly fast, adrenalin too.

I decided to photograph the battle of the oranges up close. I went really close. Very close.
To do that I bought a disposable film camera, waterproof, with a 800 Iso roll.
And this is what came out.

rivera - Really cool series! Hope you survived the battle without major injuries 🙂

patrick - I wonder what the horses think about all that.

World Photography Awards Shortlisted


I received an unexpected e-mail:

“Dear Paolo Mezzera,

I am delighted to announce that your image has been shortlisted in the top 10 images in the People Category in the Open Competition of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

Your work has been selected from 54,851 images entered from 170 countries. This is an incredible achievement.

Your name will be announced to press and on our website, on 5th February but before then it is absolutely critical that you keep this information confidential. The winners of each category will be announced on 19th March.”


The selected image is this portrait (click the link to see it on flickr), taken in April 2012.

I could not believe.
Now we have to wait March 19 to know the winners… but I’m already happy and amazed to be among the first ten!
And I found my name and my photo on many websites around the world.

I have to thank my beautiful model, Elisabetta. She is always nice. The shot below is an unpublished portrait of her. Just to say thank you.

Canon Eos 3 – 24mm f/1.4 – Fuji 400H

buttha - Paolo Mezzera Photography è amico mio

Jones sabo conduct your - I did however expertise several technical points using this site, since I experienced to reload the site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load correctly.

The modern man

A little project about… the modern man.

With one of my favourite models (Mauro) we had to make this series of pictures.

It all started one day in Venice, near St. Mark’s square, when we decided to buy this ridiculous apron.
I shot the first photo there, and it was amazing. It was also performed in an exhibition in London, last November.
You can read about it here:

First pic: Hasselblad & Distagon 50mm & Kodak Portra 160
Others: Canon 5DII + 24/35/50 mm