America is all around me. America is following me through the streets of Milan and my travels: from Greece to Britain to Sweden. The eyes search for old TV series frames, brands and icons, looking for what now also belongs to me. I look at the photos, I hum David Bowie song and I feel that here I am elsewhere, in America.
For this new f/50 project Keith and I have investigated the elusive concept of “fluidity”. We started from Webster on-line dictionary definition and we have developed the “interpretation” through three shots each.
FLUIDITY: The quality of being fluid or capable of flowing; a liquid, äeriform, or gaseous; opposed to solidity. “It was this want of organization, this looseness and fluidity of the new movement, that made it penetrate through every class of society” J.R. Green
KEITH’S NOTES: Let’s images talk!
MATTEO’S NOTES: Fluidity is all about change and movement. Freezing this change with a camera is a hard challenge but it’s not impossible. Photography usually doesn’t “play” with movement so I’ve tried to recreate motion looking for contrast. In the first shot, sky-clouds (so fluid they look solid)-buildings-humans; in the second one, a light fog “running” over the water deleting shadows; in the last frame, the illusion of a man swimming in an ad I caught throught a futuristic invisible wall. In all three shots human presence — direct or indirect or even marginal — becomes an important element of the change, probably the most significant in contrast to the others.
This short “summer series” – seven shots taken in Agios Prokopios, Naxos Island, Cyclades, during a period of 1 hour with a 50 mm lens – helped me explore the lines/feel of continuity between land and sea. I was probably looking for a personal sense of space where the horizon shapes a continuity across the shots. I was looking for a sense of surprise too – catching the amazing moment when the eyes alight on the water over the dunes. There definitely is a feeling of relief and amusement in each image to the extent that the horizon is “broken” or “interrupted” by humans: their familiar presence dares to leave the beach and embrace the water unconditionally.
When I first picked up a camera, coming from years of painting, sculpture, and printmaking, I always wondered how I could put myself physically within the image. How could I show my “hand”? A question that I always think about, how can a photograph connect the inside – our thoughts and emotions, to the outside – our physical surroundings? Continue reading “Shadow Self”→
For sometime now I have been gathering a collection of images for a personal project entitled “Dark Matter”. All the images are post-processed with as dark a sky as possible so that the highlights of the subject can be enhanced. The process works best with sunlit buildings or other forms of architecture and cloudless skies but this is not always possible.
For me, my chosen area of photography is street photography, a style which in recent times has exploded, probably due to it’s accessibility for anyone who has a camera, and let’s face it we all do these days.
In my opinion this explosion has unearthed some great photographers and some not so good, but has encouraged much debate about what it actually is.