As a child the thought of a shotgun behind the door of my grandfathers bedroom, kept me from entering. I was never prohibited, however, it was my innate and instinctive reaction that refrained me from going in.

As a teenager, movies took up a large portion of my time. In particular I was taken to the movies by Cimino and Corbucci. The image of a gun, contrasted with my fear that had not yet diminished, and resulted in my fascination with the ability to stimulate my visual memory.

In the last two years, my interest in the possession of firearms grew fonder. I visited public and private shooting ranges and houses of gun enthusiasts. I attended conventions, historical re-enactments and collective events in various regions around Italy.

I searched socially accepted dynamics, I wanted to understand what conditioned and influenced individuals to sign the first contact for a gun. I was allured to the desire of understanding the mysterious attraction and repulsion that firearms generate in the collective imagery. 

In the military jargon, “friendly fire” designs the situation in which soldiers fall under the fire of their own fellows. 

In most cases it explores an error of identification: friends exchanged for enemies. 

I tried to experiment the inverse.

Mattia Micheli is an Italian documentary photographer, and Friendly Fire was presented during Slideluck Prato.


a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

I was trying to describe something dangerous in a funny way. The first time I listened to it, I instinctively recognized it as the right one. I chose this track cause it perfectly represents a duel: it mixes rap with spaghetti western, exactly as my photographs blend USA and Italy. 

c. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

This was my first attempt with a multimedia so I tried to create something very simple. Sequencing the photographs, I mainly respected the order I followed  when I built the dummy, adapting it to the rhythm of music.

I used two short clips just as introduction and conclusion, to lead the viewer in and out the peculiar world of Friendly Fire.

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