This is a photography
Andrea Ferrante, Fabiana De luca
This is a photography book. This is a book
of photographs, talent and nostalgia. It is a book of gazes, there are people
who look, capture and imprint, and people who look offering themselves to
someone else’s eyes. Not a word. The language of images doesnot need words.
Maybe even mine, now, are unnecessary. But yet I have to say a thing, rather
two, because two are the reasons behind my choice. Why photography; why
When I was a boy, I was seduced by the art
of photography, by its silent speaking.
In front of that still image, silent,
motionless, I was deeply perturbed; that imagine passed through me, flooded me,
raised me and crushed me, it shook me and petrified me. That still image,
silent and motionless, moved me. Fixity in expansion, today I still consider it
an expression that reminds me what I knew and what I still don’t know. A dense
text, dense of meanings, so dense that I get lost, and by getting lost, I find
This book was born from a gaze, from my
humble gaze at my country and its people: ‘Genti d’Abruzzo’1. I love this expression, because it brings
within it the idea of a common origin, the consciousness of a profound
commonality. Genti d’Abruzzo share the same nature, the same language,
the same sounds, smells, visions; and so Genti d’Abruzzo nourish their
identity, drinking from the original source, without the need to tell each
other, sometimes even without being aware, until, far away, nostalgia comes to
visit them. That painful wish of coming back to the starting place.
But my gaze alone could not have told all
the things that I wanted to say; and here it is, to the rescue, the talent of
other gazes, asked to tell the talent of those Genti d’Abruzzo, born here and then left, or still here
dwelling. Humble and special people, dignified and proud, just as their land.
This book witnesses dedication and care but
also hard work; it is sustained by the will of showing something beautiful,
that is ours and everyone’s, and it is projected towards a utopia: that art can
be tout court art, released from being functional to the
market with its utilitarian logic. I like to believe that this book can witness
that it is possible to diverge. Diverging from the single model, from the internalization
of wanting to please, abdicating their own authenticity and truth.
1 That’s how people from Abruzzo are generally referred to.