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P H O T O G R A P H Y

ABOUT ME

Tell us about your photography?

I started with an old analogic camera, bought by a friend of mine (photographer). ‘She’ used to follow me everywhere, catching Salento’s faces and landscape. Since then – about 10 years later – I got another camera, but the habit to bring it always with me remains.
Nowadays, I like to explore more or less all photographic fields and I am pretty sure to have gained a good general background, but I keep on focussing on portraits and landscapes.
Through digital postproduction (e.g. Photoshop), I have discovered new perspectives and I feel someway forced to follow those new pathways in order to distinguish my pictures from other ones, produced by an indistinguished mass that watches and reproduces images in a standardised way, often far from being of good quality; Bresson said that if a photographer is good he can take a good photo a year. 

What is the story and thoughts behind your work?

My main pattern is the concept of solitude; I don’t see it as a negative condition, but rather as a strong distinction from the main subject. For example, in my most recent portaits, solitude is represented through a black background around the subject, taken under a light, mostly natural, that aims at revealing his/her soul.
In my landscapes, the absence of human elements and the long exposures, represent the uncontrollable strenght of changing immensity; in front of such fact, humankind is just a solitary observer of a short moment.