The Absence

The Absence, photo essay by Roberta Pastore

[I]t happened several times that, suddenly, the absence came into my life. The vacuum caused dismay, then fear of detachment and of being alone, followed then by anger. Every single time.

But not toward who, or what, was gone, but toward myself. For the difficulty in being able to fill it, to fill that emptiness somehow. The absence destabilizes me, does not allow me clarity. Everything around seems to elude me … Everything is confused.
I always sink, until the moment arrives in which the way of filling the absences becomes clear in the need I still perhaps have not to be alone. By myself. (Roberta Pastore)

Q&A with Roberta Pastore

Photography is…
Photography is the passion of my life, it has helped me to go through some difficult moments and I have come to consider it as a “cure”. By the means of photography and of the photographic projects of mine I have started an analysis about the relationship with myself and about the problems one has to face living in our industrialized society. I love the contact with people and with the streets, the possibility to capture meaningful moments of everyday life. I am particularly interested in the political and social problems.

Photography and writing…
The relationship between these elements, photography and writing, should be harmonious, complementary, light, fluid and consistent. The characteristic of the consistency between words and images is not easy to define technical, often it belongs to the taste and to the personal sensitivity. Text can try telling the images in several ways: it can be instructive and explain exactly what happens, but can be even more effective combining a photograph to a choice of words that have an evocative flavour not directly related to it. The two elements of “words and images” resonate amplified, they reinforce each other and thus make the message stronger.

Who left the biggest impression on you?
My biggest inspiration are the works of Francesca Woodman, one of the most emblematic figures in the history of female photography.In her photographs, the Woodman doesn’t expose naked body as cultural superstructure; rather, she uses always and only in connection with the natural environment or surrounding architecture, which confuses it – trees, wallpaper, deformation resulting from the image blurred in motion – or as she says, it absorbs the naked body.

Tell us a little about yourself
I have been experimenting with various type to photography including studio portraits, trying to bring out the feminine and natural aspect of the woman/model, trying not to stop at the most superficial element of physical beauty, but looking for the most intimate aspect of her soul. My research in portrait and street photography is aimed at giving evidence to the subjects expressiveness , since faces can tell stories and emotions of the times that went past. This is what I want to bring to light with my photography, perhaps because in each and everyone of those faces I am able to find a little piece of myself.

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