Right after my graduation in Visual Communication at the New Technologies for the Arts Dept. at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts, I wrote my first essay book about the actual social and semantic situation of Visual Arts, linked to the contemporary context (web 2.0, DSLR’s consumer market and so on..). I felt paralyzed, I couldn’t figure out what to do with my photography next. I felt like I had many ideas, but none of them seemed to meet the urgency I felt about photography. After writing the essay, to which you can find a link at the end of the page, I realized that I was at a crossroads. Wether to move on to what the market is asking to visual communication, or to stick to what I felt like photography was. Suddenly I realized the first choice was the most close to my feeling, but it also felt like betraying that presence to which I befriended so far. While growing as a photographer, I could see my devotion and closeness to Helmut Newton’s work fade away. And it was hurting so much. So I decided to created a last “Helmut Newton Inspired work”, quoting one of His Big Nudes, in my personal way. This Pictures collection is called “Don’t GO”.A photographic devotional project for my Artistic foster Father. Mr. Hemlut Newton.
It features 4 single portraits, 110x70cms, printed on Hahnemühle photo rag barita paper, 365gsm, and a group version, 65x61cms, printed on Hahnemühle photo rag barita paper, 365gsm.
A particular aspect of this work, was that the main goal was to digitally emulate that same film which Helmut used in His original work, AKA Kodak T-MAX PRO 400. It took me a while to manually emulate that film look, but at the very end, that was the fundamental aspect of the whole picture series. And this is, so far, my favorite picture project. Get to the book!