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Bēhance

  • This photo story has been inspired on the adventures of Earl Pietro Savorgnan Di Brazzà. He was an italian explorer who, in the late XVIII century, made several expeditions in central Africa and founded in 1880 the town of Brazzaville, the actual capital city of Congo.
    While going through the reports and travel diaries of his explorations, and the related photographic images, I was totally fascinated by the bravery of these men, the exoticism of descriptions and the aesthetics of that age. So I tried to think myself as Earl Pietro, wondering about which feelings, fears and dreams would be in their minds while preparing to enter unknown territories, surrounded by mystery and superstition.
    The amazing physical similarity between Earl Pietro and one of my friends finally convinced me to begin this project. I had the “perfect” model at hand, so I decided to take a number of shots which could be assembled into a meaningful photo story. The main idea was to represent the foreboding and nightmares of the explorer, ready to leave for a new adventure into the deep unknown african lands. Since this is an oneiric adventure, I felt free to handle the story with a certain amount of irony and surrealism, puzzling the reader/observer with a mix of eighteen hundred aesthetics and modern objects, ending with an unexpected and somehow absurd end.
    This is not a commercial project but a personal one; that's why it took almost one year from the first idea to the final issue. It may seem a lot of time, for barely 9 shots, but the reason is that it's been a one-man work: art direction, styling, material preparation and assembly of the set, photo-shots and post-production were all conducted entirely by myself. In fact all images employed here are my own work, except for the trees in one of the final frames.
    Enjoy them.



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