This project is for me the first concrete step towards the externalization of what Man has within himself.
With the portrayed subjects, I’ve built personal relationships and I feel they represent a differentiated spectrum of personalities. The only request I had for them was not to pose for me but just to shape their bodies in order to express what they felt at that moment. Even at the expense of form.
Some of them screamed, stood up and crouched down, moved their limbs in the strangest ways, some revealed, some hid.
After this kind of inner conflict, they’ve all reached like a “suspension” of the body, even going back to a normal position, in which the attitude became, for me, the point of maximum expression of what they had inside.
What fascinates me the most is the possibility of realizing “interior portraits” even with the risk that the person will become “uncomfortable to be looked at”.
I wanted to immerse the characters in a pulsating nature, as the only possible place to get an awareness of what they are. It’s like if my role of observer was replaced by the very nature that becomes the container of man’s emotions.
“Shy Shadows” title comes from a text of the Indian poet Tagore who told of nature with great sensitivity. It seemed interesting to me, telling of men who seek the truth in the depths as if they were “shy shadows”, in the presence of something great.