Long ago, we featured Italian photographer Missamo Siragusa and his portfolio all featured in the book, Teatro d’Italia (see post one and two). Born in Catania in 1958, Siragusa is now living and working in Rome where he is a photography teacher at the European Institute of Design.

Today, enjoy his photo series of leisure time showcasing how different cultures engage in various activities considered to be “fun”.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

The experimental photographer gives us real world photographs, but translates them into something unearthly through his perception, transforming the total image itself. Siragusa’s talent lies not in creatively making up stories and staging scenes in the world, nor is it in documenting the reality of life through his own style. His talent lives within a middle dimension of the two where daily life is captured in a fantastical fashion.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

Siragusa’s photos have been published in numerous international magazines including: New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker, US News, El Pais, Die Zeit, Merian, Le Figaro Magazine, Geographic, Travel Lesiure, Marie Claire, “D”Di Repubblica, IO Donna and Vanity Fair.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

Siragusa has worked on campaigns for: A2A, Lavazza, Auditorium Di Roma, Kodak, Comnue Di Roma, Atac/Roma, Eni, Aeroporti Di Milano, Bat Italia, Regione Lombardia, Alfa Romeo, BNL, Toyota, Mychef, IGP, Societa’ Pedemontana, Boscolo Hotel, Provincia Di Milano

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

PHOTOGRAPHY: Leisure Time by Massimo Siragusa

Photos: Massimo Siragusa