Martina Colombari is in-visible
Martina Colombari is not a photographer.
It would be absurd that a serious establishment like spazio Forma (and within a prestigious event like Fotografica!) could host her photographic exhibition.
You really want to know? Yes, it is absurd.
Out there we have many photographers who shoot photographs for many years and they would deserve to be exposed here. It is absurd and also a little unjust.
But it has its precise meaning, which can be of help to understand how, what and why take photographs. To understand what it means to be a photographer today, in 2010.
To photograph nowadays it also means to have at your disposal wonderful photographic cameras, which take technically perfect photographs.
Super refined softwares that allow you to correct any mistakes, of the photographer as well as the reality. Any photograph can be made perfect.
So I find necessary, for who wants to take good pictures, forget that you know how to take photographs. Forget about technicalities. Forget the virtues. Own back a pure look.
To take everything to the extreme a few months ago we asked Martina to start taking pictures of herself. I didn’t teach her anything, I set the camera to P, and I only asked her to take the photos always horizontally, to have a basic style of uniformity.
I asked her to forget about the camera, I told her about different female photographers (firstly Francesca Woodman…), and I asked her to simply be true and sincere.
Above all I asked her to use the camera to explore herself, to make that little box of glass and metal a real instrument to get to know herself.
Martina was wonderful. Really. In a few days this operation became a “real obsession”, and photographing herself was “the first thing to do as soon as she was awake, and the last thing before falling asleep” (the quoted are her words).
So magic happened, inevitably: despite the fact that in these years Martina Colombari has been photographed by the best professional photographers, she has managed, photographing herself, to create such real images, so deep and so sensual (without the use of photoshop!) like no other has ever been able to!
So here is the reason to host her images in these spaces, here is what a non-photographer can teach us: that photography is not only techniques, it is not only using well some refined software, it is not only mega lenses. Photography must be truth and sincerity, as truth and sincere as Martina Colombari has been.
So true and sincere to have even become in-visible…