I took pictures of unfamiliar places, pictures of strangers. The flash of the camera has consecrated my epiphanies, impressing the shroud that lies on the subjects whose truth I’ve discarded. To me these images are relics of the invisible. I call this series “Farang”.
To me, taking pictures has always been a way to collect visual notes about reality and particularly about my perception of that. Reality and photographer’s emotional and visual fund mould together in order to create a personal interpretation, according to my belief that photography’s capacity lies in its evocative power more than its narrative factor.
My works have focused on different aspects and stories but I’ve always accomplished them as diaries imbued with a fascination that has made me focus mainly on the themes of death, sexuality and formal and moral decay in our society.
As Dorothea Lange has always said, the camera is only an instrument to suggest people how to look at reality without the camera; I’ve often focused my work on elements that everyone has in front of his eyes everyday, trying to break people’s blindness to reality’s wonder, aesthetic madness and emotional fascination that instead swells and shrinks inside me everyday.
My photography is very egoistic. I’m not interested in telling anything about the relationship between me and my subjects, their identity or their emotions. I use them to communicate what I feel in front of them.
– Francesco Merlini.