My photo exhibit “L’Amo. Sfumature di mare. Forme e cromatismi” on Corriere della Sera online – Viaggi!!
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Yesterday I was asked to write my short biography to go with an article that will be released soon about “L’Amo”.
I wrote lots of biographies, but never my own. It was not so easy to fit into a few lines writing an entire lifetime! I concentrated on my interest in photography which, on second thoughts, is not just an activity… it’s part of me and represents me. It’s the way I express myself, the way I communicate my vision of life.
Here’s what I wrote:
“After classical studies, she earned a degree in archeology, but her interest is already addressed elsewhere.
Formed first in the school of journalism and then in that of photography, she applies the criteria of the first to the second, using photography to investigate the reality, attempting to return it in the eyes of viewer as objectively as possible and pure.
That’s why she chooses natural light almost exclusively, dropping the use of flash. When not possible, she inserts the artificial light in her pictures clearly and provocatively, to denounce its presence explicitly.
That is to say: no tricks, no cheating.
The sensitivity of the photographer, so attentive to the colors and shapes, blends with the critical eye and the curiosity of the journalist to draw out from daily things a different story every time”.
Yesterday I read this post written by Michael Smargiassi and that made me reflect. Author’s idea is that photography is divided between kittens and Indian children, that is to say between the reassuring pics from facebook and the strong denounces of the third, exotic world. Then there is a third strand, made of cops, people who catch the daily life in their photographs. This last one finds very little room talking about what people likes. Smargiassi provocatively asks “and you? where do you stand?”. Well, I’m on the side of traffic wardens: everyday life is my main source of inspiration. I find it challenging to find some magic in my daily life and, although I can’t always shoot at the same time, in my mind and through my eyes I constantly train myself to take a good picture.
I welcome those photographers who are committed to taking at least one photo a day, trying to find something interesting in every single day. This is exactly what I’m trying to do.
Photography is real and not meaningless aesthetic, it is the search for meaning in everyday life, it is a mean of expression and communication of extraordinary power.
I’ve a searching look, which is closely related to my professional training: the journalist, who investigates the reality with his own eyes and describes it through his own personal re-elaboration, but never forgetting that it should return to the public as objective as possible. When I take a picture, I apply the same bases. I’m curious about what surrounds me and I would like to grasp the intimate essence of things and reveal it to the world through my pictures, without turning it into a projection of me… using no prejudice at all.
There is another aspect of photography which I’m really interested in: the shapes and colors that surround me. Just look around with a little bit of attention: we are surrounded by rich images of symmetries, contrasts, nuances … I wish I could catch all them. That’s my goal.
I’ am morbidly curious, I know it. I spend all the time that I can combing through the net, newspapers and magazines searching interesting things and, since I am so found of photography, I focus on that and, with time, I collected an impressive amount of links, bookmarks, feed, RSS… A friend of mine (very geek one, I tell you) showed me a couple of tools that helps me a lot in doing that and I set up two binders of information:
Fish-Eye Newspaper: a collection of links coming from other photo enthusiastics.
Fish-Eye Review: a totally Italian press review about exhibitions, events, information and news. Now online:
I just created Fish-Eye, my photo newspaper. “My” because I’m the editor in chief, but his contributors are all the twitter users who talk about photography, their blogs, their links and news.
Fish–Eye is updated daily with the latest news from the web, pictures and inputs from people who, like me, love photography.
I hope it will be useful to you, as it is for me!