This shot was taken the day before the end of the first Covid-19 lockdown in Italy. I was searching for a very impactful shot, so I chose the old big cage as the main subject.
During the ’30s, when Italy was under a fascist regime, the cage hosted a couple of wolves. When I was young, I always wondered which mystery was hidden in the cage, I used to dream of wolves coming out from the den behind the cage.
I decided to shoot a biker locked in the cage, riding in a mystic atmosphere to symbolize the discomfort of the people that couldn’t play sports freely due to the pandemic, like they were locked in a cage!
So, I called a couple of friends to help me in the project because the setup wasn’t easy.
When all was ready to shoot, one of my friends informed me that the police were stopping and fining bikers in the nearby area, so I took just a couple of shots before quickly leaving the wood.
Fortunately 2/3 shots were good!
The wait is over and we can finally share the first new images of this year's Red Bull Illume Image Quest! Every week, we announce the semi-finalists of a different category, so stay tuned for more mind-blowing images.