2017 - Today
Every now and then, looking back at one's own work, stratified over months or years, it happens that one notices certain traits common to several photographs, a sort of transversal binding element. At that point, the only option is to try to collect, catalogue, order, verify that that connection exists and that through it
each shot gains something, because of a meaning common to the others.
All this has happened to me a few times.
The results obtained in those rare occasions can be found here.
2017 - Today
The mute synthetic material, the motionless spectator who, from behind glass, populates the streets of the night.
The plastic that recomposes in the physical world the ideal of beauty of modern man becomes, in the featureless faces of the mannequins, the structure of a parallel world interwoven with unfathomable relations and governed by its own laws.
The photographic project aims to give a voice, even if a subtle one, to the endless series of almost human figures,
sexless and timeless, who silently endure the unbridled rhythms of fashion, crystallised in a microcosm of dreams and mirrors at the edge of a pavement.
Format: horizontal / vertical 2: 3 Photos from the series: 12
La memoria e il mare
2017 - Today
I started making photographs of this kind on a pebble beach in Garda (VR) in the summer of 2017.
As sometimes happens, everything was born from an inconvenience: an error in the automatic management of the camera's shutter speed. The images that were recomposed on the sensor had that lack of definition that characterises dreams or distant memories.
During the period following the first shots, I developed a very specific philosophy about this type of image.
Why not photograph a landscape, a scene, as you think it will be remembered?
The settings are those of a single, endless beach, the icon and stereotype of every summer, suspended in a blurred atmosphere as if it were always part of a distant memory. The title refers to a poem by Léo Ferré: "La mémoire et la mer".
Format: horizontal / vertical 2: 3
Photographs from the series: 14
"... This voice that comes from over there
Under the friendly arch where I lose my sight
These hands of mine giving themselves airs
These ruminant hands bellowing
This sound that haunts me for a long time
Like a beggar suffering from anathema
Like the shadow that loitering
Draw my theorem
And hidden under my red makeup
It starts banging like a door
This sound advancing on your feet
In the street of dead music
After the sea, it's over
On the beach, the sand bleats
Like the sheep of an infinite universe
When the sea shepherd calls me. "
Léo Ferré - La mémoire et la mer
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