In the last few years I have been fascinated by the art of the portrait in the various forms that it could be created: painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation. The face and its expression, the body with its shapes, and all varieties of body language expressed in a still moment as it is shown with the final result of an artistic creation. The duplication (or multiplication) of the person’s face/body is the primary captivation of my photography project, because like several masks that one could wear, the face is a mask in continuous reshaping. Therefore the portrait technique, from my point of view, gives an illusion of a perennial shape, but maybe this is true only subjectively, because everyone could have a different interpretation or vision of that “persona” (face or mask/character?).
Past & Present
Inspired by the doppelgänger imagery, I explored this theme and I put as input the following question for this project: am I just me, like the one I see myself reflected in the mirror or are there different myself that everyone sees and interprets in a different way? My ambition was to produce a series of images, with the double role as photographer and model or photographer-photographed, to research about the different ways that the Self-Portrait could betaken (in a technical and practical meaning) and final results reachable with it (highlighting artistic, existentialist and philosophic subtle messages deriving). This self-portrait has been selected by LensCulture editors to be featured in the Black & White Photography Awards 2020 Competition Gallery.
What time is it? (1)
What time is it? (1) I was asking to a clock without hands. So, no-time is the answer.
What time is it? (2)
What time is it? (2) Now I know that there is no time, and I just look in the mirror to see me, timeless.
Niccolò blowing on a candle
A portrait inspired by the art of El Greco, Godfried Schalcken and Jacopo Bassano.
In this portrait, time freezes on Giancarlo's face, the only thing that appears to be in movement is the ash, flying in a feeble cloud of smoke.
Sometimes a spray can be misunderstood, and a graffiti artist seen as a vandal, and his cans like weapons. Indeed they might actually be weapons, just with a purpose different from killing. Dedicated to Harrison Scott-Hood, 23, Jack Gilbert, also 23 and Alberto Carrasco, 19 (18-06-2018)
Studio portrait influenced by David Bailey’s iconic black & white studio, square frame portrait style.
Danielle and Sara
Danielle Blyth and Sara Amelia, posing like Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) in Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino 1994.