The Guestbook: our interview with Ciro Galluccio

The Guestbook is a photographic column that highlights the take over artists who animate the Collater.al’s Instagram profile.

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11 February 2019

Ciro Galluccio is a young Neapolitan self-taught photographer, of whom we had previously had the pleasure of speaking here. His images are strongly intimistic and emotional: nature, details, and bodies of subjects portrayed by the artist come together and propose a type of photography that, in addition to the aesthetic aspect, gives the viewer a hidden story behind every scene.

Us at Collater.al have asked Ciro a few questions about him and his work:

We know that your photography makes imperfections an element of uniqueness. Why this choice?

What for some is imperfection, for others (including me) is anything but. It isn’t by chance that we are attracted by what is out of our common imaginary, which leads to strong sensations, personally the long necks of the subjects of Modigliani. On why I come to look for certain characteristics I can’t explain it rationally: I am a very instinctive person from this point of view. They make me breathless, they catch my attention. Here I become a simple storyteller who tries to describe their essence through my imagination.

How is your every project born?

The only important thing behind every shot is the empathy that is created with whom I face. It is not me who makes the images you see on your own, but is the fruit of the union of what happens between me and the person I interact with. We see each other, we talk, we share ideas, emotions, stories, we look at each other in the eye. Only after all this, I think I am ready for the realization. From that moment on, during shooting, I speak very little: it creates a lot of harmony and freedom in movement. It’s all very natural.

Why did you choose these images? Do they have a special meaning for you?

Each shot has its own story, a life of its own: for how we got there, for the feelings felt during the shot, for the message they want to give.

Your imagination tends towards a dream-like dimension, how important is it for you to escape from reality and how much does it affect your everyday life?

Dreams and reality coexist and make me alive, always. I am fortunate to have been born of a human being and thereby have a brain developed enough to be the creator of different realities in my head. The interesting thing then is to reproduce in images what we see in our mind. Reality is itself a dream in some moments, it is up to us to capture its details.

Is there a picture in the history of photography that has influenced your style or that you would have made?

People influence me and what makes me feel. I would like to have met certain exponents of various forms of art that have left me speechless, just to have listened to their voice.

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