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Human, humanoid and strange animals

Strange times 1. Contradictory messages and slight distortions

Rome

Italy

Continuing a topic started elsewhere, to recognize what appears slightly out of place, slightly dissonant, to detect with the resulting photographic image the distortion and absurdity is for me a survival technique in this strange time. In this second series that I am presenting, objects will not be the protagonists: it will be mainly people, their more or less caricatured mannequins or effigies of animals that will bring a sense of estrangement, of distortion from a hypothetical straight path.

Humans, humanoids and animals, detached from concreteness, sailing like funny Bulgakovian bipeds suspended in a surreal atmosphere: because many of those who practice photography want, with perfectly legitimate results, to make faces or human beings mainly tell about themselves and about their being subject of the photographic image, before being symbols and indications of the photographer’s thoughts. For me the relationship is exactly the opposite: every figure that I use, and I use this term advisedly, to compose an image is firstly an integral part of a set of signs and symbols that should (when the photo is good) express my point of view, and only afterwards, and subordinately, can reveal a subjective individuality.

Watchman. Rome, June 5th, 2020
Epiphany of the Chaos. Rome, November 11th, 2020
The woman watching the trains go by. Rome, April 24th, 2021
Rotting angel with walkie talkie. Rome, February 27th, 2021
Dimensions. Rome, May 13th, 2021
Race. Rome, October 9th, 2020
Deer at the trough. Rome, November 27th, 2020
You get used to anything. Rome. June 6th, 2021
Bullfight. Rome, November 17th, 2020
Criminal Santa Claus. Rome, December 17th, 2020
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