«My work is based on the tension existing between one shape, whether abstract or geometrical - like, for example, a person’s head or a square – and the space that it occupies. The basic concepts of my style research are: decadence, abandon, vacuum and a new approach to classical beauty».
These bare words of hers would be enough to fully explain the nature of the alienating photographic work by Benedetta Ristori on the “social jet-lag”, an expression that takes us into the upside down and often solitary world of those who work at night.
Benedetta discovered photography during her last years at high school but it was only when she attended the faculty of Literature and Philosophy that she understood that she wanted to make this hobby into a profession. She therefore dropped out of university, creating a space (“a vacuum”) to be filled with the images that she photographed. She studied and searched for her own style.
In 2015, Lay Off was born. A project “in progress” that saw its first light in Japan, the «perfect place to start collecting photographic material on night-time workers. In this corner of the world they are in fact characterised by a dedication and strictness that makes them, or so it would seem at least, impassive when faced with irregular hours and shifts».
Delicate images that are also emotionally strong, miniatures of solitude in the dark.
Benedetta’s research did not stop after her Japanese experience, and in Lay Off there are also photos from New York and Bosnia Herzegovina.
A journey where the next stops will be in China and Italy, that will not stop and that wishes to provide as global a vision as possible, noticing the differences between the countries.
The story has been written by Ginevra Lamberti, writer.