Life can take some serious turns, and despite plans changing entirely, some people among us manage to conquer such obstacles and succeed. This is one such story about a man who did not let a prison sentence jail his passion for photography.
According to Upworthy, a set of burglary and petty crimes put Donato Di Camillo behind bars, but he did not let prison stifle his creativity and spent his time usefully. Through the limited amount of literature of National Geographics, Time and other magazine he was able to teach himself photography and the world found out a talented artist.
He used this knowledge when he got out in 2011 to showcase his photography talent to himself and the world. Equipped with this knowledge and also some how-to books and youtube videos he was able to work his magic in front of his muses.
When Di Camillo was a child, his family did not have money to buy films for his poloroid camera. This did not stop him from taking imaginary photos of being on an African Safari and capturing magnificent beasts in all their natural beauty, and dreamed of one day being an iconic behind-the-lens heroes of the world.
Once out of prison he set out in New York to capture a side of life distinctly different from what most of us are used to seeing.
Donato’s subject, his muses were the mentally challenged, homeless and mentally-ill, subjects who were interesting characters or just anything but ordinary from outside the city. He says that his street smarts and his life outside the normal conventional society helped him approach and connect with people that other photographers may struggle with.
“These people walk around, and they’re faceless.” He said. “I feel that everybody deserves a face.”
“I think we all relate to each other in one way or another, whether someone’s laying in the street or running a Fortune 500 company.” He added.