Q1: How do you take the pictures?
This is always the first question. Indeed, they are simple, straightforward photographs taken outdoors in the streets of Rome. These images are created by a combination of light reflections on the surface of the metal fences used to enclose building sites. The metal and light interaction generates uncountable casual images. In each shooting session I analyze the reflections from hundreds of angles and once I find an image that inspires me, I record it with the camera.
Q2: Why do you do that?
Because I am fascinated by the images I run into. To me it is incredible how the metal gathers the light and moulds the image to depict a "parallel imaginary world". I find images that I would not expect to be there, this always amazes me. In addition to this pleasure, I am really proud of having invented something never seen before. As to my knowledge, there are no other artists working this way to create their art work.
Q3: Do you have many pictures in your body of work?
Well, I have a lot of them, but not a huge amount, despite Iíve been collecting them since 2004. This happens because I only go out for shooting under specific weather conditions and only in those hours of the day that I know are the best for these images to display. Furthermore, most of the time I have to stop taking pictures and start arguing with the construction workers at the building sites. They never believe me when I explain that I am just taking pictures of the fences.
Q4: Which kind of pictures do you look for?
This is something very hard to plan. I never know what I will find. I leave my mind open to any suggestion coming from the metal. Sometimes I shoot abstract images, sometimes I see animals or faces or weird scenes. One of my favorite picture is "depicting" a man with a megaphone that is calling a dinosaur which, upon hearing the man calling, turns his head towards him. Ok, That is enough, I stop here :-)
Q5: Why donít you give a title to your pictures?
I used to, but then I realized that what I see in the pictures, not always matches what other people see. The images you see, are generated more by the mind than by the eyes. The pictures are a sort of a mirror for the observer, they provide a hint and he completes the pictures with something with a "vision" of his own. So what he sees depends on his mood, his culture, his personal history and so on... I want the observer to be free to project himself into the picture and a title would build a prejudice that I donít want it to be there. The only abuse I make is to display my photographs with the orientation having a meaning to me. Some other pictures are just abstract and I donít have a title for them.
Q6: How big can a print be?
My portfolio on paper is pigment printed on A3 size paper. All my pictures give a good quality print at that size. I found many of the latest works print fine on 20Ē x 30Ē size format.