DxO One Grant

Exploring The World

Past Winner

Becoming Italian

Trenton Moore - Washington, DC, USA

Imagine you wake up one morning to find out that by way of whatís basically a genetic fluke, youíre a citizen to a country youíve never visited and whose language you donít even speak.†Thatís about how itís happened for me.

In Becoming Italian I hope to use the DxO ONE to document my first visit to my familyís ancestral village in Sicily and the process of becoming a citizen of a new country.

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I grew up knowing that my family had Italian roots, but I never really thought anything of it. While our spaghetti recipe is still the best Iíve ever eaten, itís not exactly like our dinner table resembled an of episode of The Sopranos. Far from it, actually. From an outside perspective, weíre likely as archetypal and American as the next. My great grandfather and his parents, though, emigrated to The United States from Italy when he was a boy, which makes me eligible for citizenship ďjure sanguinis,Ē or by by blood, through my mother.

I hope to use the proceeds from this grant to visit my ancestral village outside Palermo, Italy, in Palazzo Adriano, obtain a copy of my great grandfatherís birth certificate, and document my travel experience along with the entire process of becoming an Italian citizen. Itís my hope that the work produced can examine the ideas of cultural identity, family, and the difficulties of the concepts of citizenship.

The end-product of this experience will most likely be a zine and essay video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XhSVEmHzqo) that tie together the bureaucracy of obtaining one's citizenship with the exotic and extraordinary scenery of Sicily. The major challenges of this project include a language barrier (for which I'm studying) and those associated with the nature of governmental offices. I'm a well-traveled iPhone owner and photographer, and don't foresee any major obstacles in either of those areas.

I'm excited at the opportunity to partner with DxO and challenge the DxO ONE, the Photo Suite, and myself. The nature of this project will naturally highlight the agility of the system and show a new way to travel with a camera.



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