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Gianluca Zonza with sincere and raw self-portraits

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Gianluca Zonza says about himself:

“I was born in the winter of 1995. North-west of Italy.

I held the first disposable machine at the age of 14 and I still remember the emotion I felt at the moment. It was a trip out of town with my classmates.

Currently I devote myself more to analog photography, I am fascinated by the roll that flows inside the camera. The power that has the moment in my existence. What I live every day leaves a furrow on my skin. Time is a tyrant, you fall asleep and when you wake up days, seasons, years have passed.

Enclose a moment, an emotion, or a shiver, within an image for me is the main intent. Mine has a very specific sense and artistic photography is an important enrichment. My work explores closely the connection between delicacy and suggestion. My work observes the paradox between distance and intimacy.

ife often puts me in front of important and difficult decisions, I try to make the people around me special. I love being alone, loneliness is close to me. He has taken an important position for my quiet being in the world. The afternoons and the mornings fill my veins with light and heat.

I do not talk much about myself, and if I do, I do it with my photography work. I reflect on environmental issues, such as: pollution, climatic changes, and endangered animal species. There are many collateral damage. I also think a lot about the meaning of life and death. I spend time asking questions and not finding answers.

I experiment an anti-aesthetic photography with little technical available. I dedicate the focus to the history of photography and not how it was made. My only interest is to photograph, I do not want to do anything else. Natural and artificial environments. The link between nature and my person. The sun, the earth and my shadow. “

About ‘Naive’:

Naive is a collection of 40 autobiographical and therapeutic photographs. Self-portraits in black and white, was a deliberate choice. This work of mine was started in 2016 and finished in the year 2017. This my autobiographical work documents my moods in difficult and sad moments.

I present for the first time in my life, the many moments of reflection, of conscious solitude, which have marked my life and my personal relationships.  This long work touches my difficulties, my skin, my spirits, my flesh, my faults, my anxieties. With Naive I wrote my serene account of conflicts and inner peace.

In some works my bones come to life, creating an imperceptible and raw alchemy.

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Time to read
3 min
Words by
Staff
Published on
12 March 2019
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