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Half Life is a personal project that is born of two needs; photographically narrate my life, thus building a kind of extended self portrait composed of several blocks, the individual images, not so much through withdrawal pictures of myself as in pictures of what I see around me and trying to make so my identity. Secondly, the desire to devote myself to a photographic project that I do not put thematic or stylistic limits, a “place” where to express freely the possibilities of the medium and the pure desire to take photos and frame. The images are in sequence but my desire is that the series can be seen stirring the pieces, just as the mind does with the memories, wear temporal references, as well Bergson describes the concept of “duration”. I also decided not to give the viewer any information or description about the time, so I hope that the work can thus de-personalized and take a more “universal” so that the viewer has the possibility of getting lost and imagined.
To cite Minor White, “life is like a cinema of stills”.
Half Life is the juice of the last two years of my life; started with a relocation, a new relationship, new people and friends, but also, as always happens when you start a new path, especially if this path is melted with love and friendship, many controversial feelings.
Now there’s no more relationship, I’ve just relocated again and again meeting new people; this is how we consume ourselves and our time and photography is the only way, at last for me, to record this “consuming”. Coming from a really different approach to photography, this work helped me to engage deeper with people at the point that human beings became my only real photographic interest; even when I take a photo of a place this is related to the presence, or to the absence, of someone.
To point the camera to someone in the right way can let you stole a part of intimacy hard to find in other ways. All you need is a click.
Part of this work was featured on the 2008 portfolio issue of Shots Magazine and on F-Stop Magazine. As for the technical side, all is taken on film with some medium format cameras.
Born 1978 in Alessandria, Italy, I now work and live in Milan. Self tought, during the last years photography became my only real interest, an interest that I try to continue beside my everyday jobs, trying to take the best from myself and from the others.
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Many thanks… david alan harvey