With the word “self portraits” I fear one immediately goes immediately to the notorious episode of the exhibition by MC for the FORMA space. Lets leave it alone for a moment.
Out now, on the MAX website, an editorial done by “me” which continues that subject, and above all, which is what I care about most, renders that vituperative episode not an isolated case just to create a scandal, but a check point on a precise path I’ve drawn.
I have told you already, maybe one too many times, that for my editorials made for MAX CASTING I like that there is as much participation as possible by the model, in order to make it possible for her to have full “control” and awareness of what she is doing.
Convinced that the way to be in front of the camera can, if not taught, at least be transmitted I thought that it would be interesting take a further step: let her do everything, not be there! Participate, for what I am supposed to, in a very deep and intense way with the “formula”, and “recipe”, but leaving the model completely free and independent.
Maybe by now someone is asking what is the “formula” and the “recipe”.. I fear thought it is impossible to explain it here, on two feet: if I was able I wouldn’t have had a problem to do it. I fear one has to work with me or participate to one of my workshops..
I therefore asked to a model, Magena, to photograph herself, even without me being there, only using my formula.
Anyways, you want my little magic formula, you want the good skills of the model, the fact is that I find the images produced fantastic: intimate, sensual, real.
And made with incredible cameras?!?! Raw, canon, nikon, film/digital?!?!? Mac web-cam, like the video! And without any retouching!
So here are the photographs of the great non/photographer Erica Magena:
Well then what I am stubbornly trying to say and get to understand is that, in our current era of digitals and photoshop, it is not important to simply take a nice photograph (too simple), it is much more important to have the will, the pleasure, the necessity, the obsession.. To tell in a sincere and intimate way about ourselves and what we photograph. That’s it.
Seeing that, at least in my head and in my planning, it is strictly connected to the MC episode at spazio FORMA, I would like to try and write here the word THE END on that exhibition, thanks to an editorial of the great Maurizio Rebuzzini: