Analog photos, often in black and white and sometimes in color, that do not tell us about places or people, but about feelings, emotions and moods. We can summarize in this way the production of Riccardo Svelto, Florentine photographer born in 1989.
There are two fields in which Riccardo specializes: on the one hand we have portraits and on the other documentary photography. In his personal projects, from “La Plage”, taken on the beach of Blankenberge in Belgium, to the more recent “La Cattedrale” these two genres mix and alternate, creating a heterogeneous set of shots that can tell a story that ends up going beyond the image.
The proof that Riccardo Svelto is not interested in photographing a face, a landscape or an object just to immortalize it in a shot is the intention behind his latest project.
On his Instagram profile, under the photo announcing the release of his first book titled, in fact, “The Cathedral” we can read: “A year and a half ago I began to put together some material, driven by the thought of wanting to try to visually tell the fear of losing my sight.“
What photographer would ever think of narrating the fear of losing one’s sight with images?! Certainly one intent on going beyond what we look at. Thus, the entire series is based on images that take their cues from memories, from photographs made with the mind and held in memory.
“It’s surprising how often memories appear to us in visual form, similar to snapshots in the psyche that only the time can erase. After all, after careful reflection, sight is not only the product of the activity of our eyes, it is also and above all the gaze of our mind through memory. This visual nature of the past that gives shape to our memories, does not fit, in appearance, with blindness, yet, I wanted to probe this aspect, trying to tell the fear of losing sight.”