“I took this picture of Trump in 2004 because Vanity Fair was making a story about him. I’ve shot lots of men over my career. And it’s impossible for any artist to see into the future and know what kind of person their subject will become. You just don’t know. Those are the winding streets of life. This is part of my journey and my life. I chose to digitalize this photo because when I think of Donald I think of gold. Everything in the place was gold and that’s what left an impression on me. I was married in a beautiful church where I grew up in Palermo, the walls are all a mosaic made of gold and that’s what Donald is made up of in the photo. The church is real, the gold in the Trump Tower was not, only the toilet actually. There are two sides to every person.
“He was there. In the year of our Lord, 900 AD. within the gold stones of the Byzantine mosaic of my Palermo. The fierce look and strong chin was already an omen of a glorious future, El Presidente de Oro.”