I am large, I contain multitudes

Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that has heart. 
— Don Juan, according to Carlos Castaneda

And yonder all before us lie/Deserts of vast eternity.
  Andrew Marvell, To his Coy Mistress

Webster was much possessed by death/And saw the skull beneath the skin
  T.S. Eliot, Whispers of Immortality

A common idea is that an artist needs to have a distinctive and recognizable style. While this is obviously true, the equally obvious shortcut is to keep doing the same thing all over again. And while many say that the key is to concentrate on a tiny part of experience, my idea is just the opposite. The world is so large and varied (and so am I) that many things capture my attention and my fancy: modern ruins (large factories, mainly), industrial photography, still life (post mortem, in fact), portraits, nudes, but the list is long. 

Regardless of these  different facets, my main theme is death or, to put it less bluntly, the impermanence of human things. I find beauty and dignity in silent decay. At the same time, I am deeply interested in metaphysics. In this apparently aimless cycle of life and death, is there something that stays immutable? And, from another perspective, is there anything that can exorcise the horror, the thauma, of existence? Eros and, possibly, work, strife.

For most of my life I've been a computer scientist, and I believe this shows in my work, which follows the idea of mathematical elegance: all and only what is needed, nothing more. Symmetry, contrasts and composition are deeply influenced by my lifelong interest in painters from Duccio to contemporaries. 

I use Sony digital cameras and a variety of film cameras, from 6x6 to 20x25 cm large format cameras. I am grateful for the digital revolution that allowed me to buy inexpensively the cameras I could only dream of when I was younger.

Influenced by Lao Tzu, Giorgio de Chirico (early), Piero della Francesca, GB Piranesi, Felice e Francesco Casorati, Edward Hopper, Jean-Loup Sieff, Arthur Tress, Arnold Newman, Edward Weston

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