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In The Mood For Love
Emerging Photographer Fund – FINALIST (number eleven of eleven)
My photography explores aesthetic mood, personal experimentation and life.
My project, “In the Mood for Love,” examines the celebration of love through the intimacy of couples. I recently started making photos of couples during their daily life: when they are working, sharing private moments, experiencing pain, anger or joy, and when they are passionate.
Passion is love. Passion is a feeling, a force, an energy more powerful than ourselves. This power has a determining effect on our lives every day. Through my focus on couples and use of diverse visual aesthetics, I seek understanding about the nature of our instincts and our more primitive personalities. I capture moments that occur naturally in front of me.
Every day we live with tumultuous impulses and passions that drive us but this intensity doesn’t always find its way out of our mind and body. Many people dream to live in intimate and passionate relationships where we wish for something powerful, exciting and invigorating that distracts us from the everyday realities of life. We dream passion can bring us to places unknown and give us the opportunity to live the emotions and feelings of our dreams, to live with more intensity.
However, passion does not always appear in positive ways. It may also bring moments of severe drama or darkness to the surface. In this most intimate space, we see who we are in the most raw, complex and exposed aspects of existence.
The evolution of our feelings allows us to explore beyond the boundaries of what is known about ourselves. This is an exploration for us through the feelings of sensuality, intimacy and love.
I plan to continue this project by making more photographs of diverse couples from different cultures.
My photography explores aesthetic mood, personal experimentation and life. I studied at the Academy of Art in Catania, Sicily and worked for two years as a photography assistant and photographer in a commercial studio in Catania.
I am currently involved in several long-term projects. “In the Mood for Love” is about the celebration of love through the intimacy of couples. “Time in Prison” explores the emotions of the detainees when living locked in small spaces and how their soul is affected during time in a Sicilian prison. This project has been published in Vision Magazine, China, March 2009.
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Many thanks… david alan harvey