The metro of Barcelona initially inspired the Underworld photo series.
As a matter of coincidence, I learned about Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in a storytelling workshop I attended while I was in Barcelona. This passage spoke directly to me since the ideas here were reflected on the story I was working on.
The past and its mystery have always been one of the main subjects in my pictures. Maybe these photos have somehow become a way for me to control time and make it last longer. I create my own time, question it and play with it.
You never know when real change might occur and impact your life. Or maybe, it is the other way round - real change happens everyday but we let it come and go most of the times despite the uncomfortable situations it puts us through again and again.
There is nothing like philosophy to open up the conscience, or at least the eyes. Camera Lucida, the book on photography by philosopher Roland Barthes, is a classic amongst the classic books that every photographer (and art lover) might read to understand his/her unconscious attraction to photography.
I have always been fascinated by exploration stories. I remember my History classes on Egypt and the Pharaohs when I was 10. As books did at that time, I was totally absorbed by such incredible discoveries about these ancient people that erected beauty as a state ornament.
I love the night. Night is not about darkness, on the contrary, it is about light and about contrasts. The lights in the city shine as if they were stars. This otherworldy atmosphere is proper to dreams.
Maria Grazia Chiuri is the first woman to be the creative director at Dior. And we have seen the impact of her feminine vision of women since her first collection in which she included messages on the clothes like “We shall all be feminists”.
Chanel has just paid a tribute to the Belle Epoque by replicating the Eiffel Tower in Le Grand Palais, two of the most emblematic Art Nouveau buildings of Paris, to ornament its Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection.
Photography is a passion for me, a way to express my inner world in images. A few years ago, a friend of mine pushed me to present some of my pictures to the most prestigious professional photography awards in Spain called the Lux Awards.
These past two years I have been working on a new photography project. It features pictures of Belle Epoque buildings. Being in such places was really moving for me. Some were transmitting very good vibrations.
The seventeenth century has gone down in history among other things as the golden age of Holland. The Low Countries became the epicentre of Europe, the great hegemony of the Old Continent which in later times would pass into French and eventually English hands.
I love Japanese culture. Its influence on the Arts & Crafts as well as on the Art Nouveau movements is now well established. I recently read the book "In Praise of Shadows" from Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki born in 1886.
Photos tell stories, and stories are not only contained within the characters who embody them; the atmosphere, space, buildings… they all bring in information and allow us to perceive what lies behind it all and means that a picture makes sense. Atmosphere is a living entity. Atmosphere is one more character in our story.
When I look at Paolo Roversi’s pictures, I am instantly dragged into his universe. I feel overcome with emotion. My breath speeds up. All my senses are on alert. Something is going on. The mystery that exudes from his pictures literally catches all my attention.