After years of shooting with my iPhones (see MOBILES) and under the push of my former girlfriend, film director and writer Elisa Fuksas, in 2016 I started to shot with a more professional camera: a LEICA X.
By paradox, as I was more “formalist” with mobilephotos, I wanted to care more of the content regardless of the form, or conceiving the form as a sub-product of content. Also I was very much influenced by the outstanding work of French photographer Antoine D’Agata in which life coincides with its representation.
Unfortunately almost all the pictures I shot with LEICA X are lost because the camera was stolen, apart the series portraying Elisa and the very first one: the Ostia seaside at a misty dusk which is the cover fo this section.
The first set of photos in the carousel are intimate portraits of Elisa under the shower in a hot summer night. I called them “Abreactions” (in Freudian terms) and I did try to emulate D’Agata style.
The second set of photos depicts Elisa in underwear doing weird or random poses over her bed, here I played with colours and started to experiment with postproduction. I tried to use photoshop in a creative way by dematerialising her figure with the “extrusion” tool and altering the colours within. Somehow I liked to expose the inner data of digital photography.
The third set of photos are Elisa’s body closeups. As this set was originally posted on Instagram, I digitally sprayed the intimate parts as a creative strategy to device censorship: a “digital vandalisation”.
The last two photos are Elisa’s nudes. With the first one I experimented with the long exposure; the second one is postproduced to create a spacedress over her body – we needed an artwork to pitch our then upcoming film-documentary ALBE – A Life beyond Earth (see the project).
Unfortunately almost all the pictures I shot with LEICA X are lost because the camera was stolen, the very first one is saved though: the Ostia seaside at a misty dusk which is the cover fo this section.