When Donato Di Camillo was a kid, his family couldn’t afford film for their Polaroid camera.
So instead, he ran around the house with a film-less camera pretending to be a hotshot photographer on an African safari, mimicking the heroes behind iconic photos he saw in the discarded National Geographic magazines his dad grabbed for him out of the garbage.
Years later, when Di Camillo found himself in prison after collecting a lengthy rap sheet of thefts, he discovered a library full of those same magazines.
While other inmates were working out or getting into trouble, he pored over old issues of National Geographic, Life, and Time.
He was in pure awe of the photography their pages held inside.
So when he got out of prison in 2011, Di Camillo knew what he wanted to do.
Finally, he was free to try his hand at his own brand of photography. And with a little guidance from some how-to books he read while locked up and a few YouTube tutorials, he went to work.
Pretty quickly, it was obvious he had plenty of talent.
He began to capture a different side of life than what many people are used to seeing.
He sometimes calls it “the fringe,” though he said it’s important to him that people know he means no disrespect by that.
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