A mirror in front of which oneself can reflect. A question to ask yourself while looking into that mirror. A chair to sit on for a long time and think about the answer to be given to the question. These are the essential elements present in a room empty of all distractions.
The author's choice of technique is deliberately black and white in order to minimise the distractions given by a world which is too often in colour and attentive only to the superficial and the futile, always in continuous and rapid evolution, without ever granting the right amount of essentials to that inner dialogue with oneself. The light comes indirectly from outside with respect to the subjects of the work, who are therefore perceived as protected within those walls that represent the introspection of the dialogue with oneself. The external light thus takes on a secondary role, because only when we ourselves have found the answer to the question written on the mirror we will then be ready to welcome the light in all its blinding brilliance of truth. The world outside is ready to welcome us, but first we need to answer the questions about ourselves in order to be ready to interface with it. Namely "the right question is: what is the right question?". This is the primary question to be asked before being able to respond promptly to the questions that life often puts before us.
I decided to approach this contest by reading and analysing the passage from the "Letter of St Paul to the Ephesians 6:10-20", the subject of the contest. Once I understood what I personally consider to be the "hot spots" on which to focus, I read and followed several homilies commented by different priests, until I came across the catechesis of the priest Father Fabio Rosini, who at one point comments on the proposed passage by stating that "when we can not find the right answers to the questions we ask ourselves, it is probably because we are asking the wrong questions". From this last concept, I was reminded of the phrase “mi domando se ti domandi tu” (I ask myself if you ask yourself), sung more than once in the stanzas of the song “Quel Filo Che Ci Unisce” (That thread that unites us), an absolute love song, so defined by the Italian singer-songwriter “Ultimo” (Last, it is the stage name of Niccolò Moriconi) himself and which is contained in his album “Solo” (Only, produced by Ultimo Records, year 2021), a project that narrates the last two years of the Roman singer, amidst the fragility of a period of loneliness that is perfectly represented in the writing of the title track. I was inspired by the syntax of that sentence just illustrated and in this way I thought I could extend the concept contained in that sentence and freely readapt it to the context of my research; following a purely abstract and reflective path, my inspiration was created: I am asking myself reflected in the mirror if that silhouette I am observing is asking the right questions about itself. The combination of these passages I have just illustrated gave rise to the desire to capture this reflection on a snapshot, in order to encourage the observer to ask himself - through a mirror - what the right question to ask of himself might be.
- Father Fabio Rosini, priest;
- Ultimo (Last, it is the stage name of Niccolò Moriconi), Italian singer-songwriter.
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The photographer produces photographic works depicting landscapes and the search for detail. He works both in colour and black and white, he uses as little as possible programs that could alter the naturalness of the image, which consists mainly in a deeper research in order to get the right result, often the result of deep study, almost never casual.
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