If travels usually take place in the company of others – and if trains, ships, and planes are normally packed with people heading for tropical beaches and snow-capped peaks – the journey portrayed in this series differs from conventional ones, with only one passenger as its protagonist: a young woman immersed in the solitude of an unusually empty space (the ferry).
What is portrayed here is a rather uncommon condition that almost causes a sense of guilt for having such overabundance of "privacy" all to oneself. While I was working on this series of photos, a few questions arose: when we seek company for a trip, do we just do it for the pleasure having company, or because we feel our lonely presence as too cumbersome?
I believe that the “ticket for one” recipe is something that, deep inside, we all feel the need for. I like to think that spending time in the company of just ourselves, is a priority, something we desperately need! We may not have sold our souls to the devil as Dorian Gray did, but we have traded our intimacy and private life in exchange for some comfort and a few glittering distractions. All in all, it looks like we didn't get such a great deal.
Despite the veil of melancholy permeating them, hopefully these shots will make the viewer want to buy a "ticket for one", and leave.
The photos were taken on Lake Trasimeno (Umbria, Italy), during the trip to one of its islands.