When photographer Emanuele Camerini was 11, he appeared on Italian television to select the five winning numbers for the weekly lotto. That night, he determined someone’s luck. But sweatier palms or a less comfortable shirt could have taken a little extra cash out of one person’s pocket and put it into another’s. That’s how luck goes. What it can do is immense, where it comes from is unknowable.
In many cultures, different deeply held beliefs are thought to spur on, or at least understand, good fortune and stave off bad luck: rainbows, shooting stars, gold. Below, a series of Camerini’s photos explore some of those concepts and how they manifest in everyday life.