The swarming city offers iself both to the cold stare of the entomologist and to the psychologist’s pitiful gaze. Balance between the two opposites is the essence of street photography. Camilla Trani came to Rome from Terracina, to study at the University of Primary Education Sciences, and in her SLR, found a way to immerse herself in the chaos of the city while also distancing herself from it by immortalizing it.
She began insatiably seeking out exhibitions in the city, took pictures at concerts and earned her work a place in various webzines, and took courses at Officine Fotografiche, where the teachers encouraged her talent as a portraitist. She drew on Cartier-Bresson’s philosophy of the moment and the everyday wonder of Vivian Maier (a sort of Wisława Szymborska of photography).
This was the beginning of the project “Attraverso”, twenty-one photographs defined by consciously anti-modern choices: black and white as a way of freezing time, strictly limited post-production work and square rather than rectangular printing. In the photos, the human subject, unaware of the camera, is captured in a moment of spontaneous urban life. It’s a trick, but its aim is to offer psychological documentation, enhanced by the focus on the faces and lights.
The deception come from an elaborate play of reflections that often involves the artist herself. Mirrors and reflective surfaces lend a phantasmagorical texture to the figures, which nearly melt into the objects. The photos are shot from reality, yet reality is deconstructed from within. Camilla Trani trained as a dancer but an accident forced her to leave dance behind. She transfers the tension of art into photography: the suddenness of this change is the theme of her new project.
The story has been written by Simone Ungaro, writer
Photographs in urban settings, with unaware subjects, with a camera hidden by reflecting glasses.