Recisi | Shorn off

I started this project in July 2010 within the flower market in Rome and I carried out the shooting for more than a year. I found myself in the market shortly before the closing time; the space was, by then, emptied: customers were leaving and florists had finished their work; only flowers remained on the ground, on iron benches and many other unusual places. While photographing flowers left I wanted to represent a new aesthetic rigor of the flower, a different dignified view obtained by the contrast between the harmony of shapes and colors and the unusual location of the flower itself. It's as if a wet flower, left and even trampled changed its original nature, losing that coated filter usually seen through our eyes. A flower acquires a new, more profound, poignant and melancholic beauty. In my photographs flowers are the absolute protagonists of the image, sometimes in their postures I find some human shapes, so that "objects" turn into "subjects".
I never move the flowers from where I find them; I always respect their position when shooting. It surprises me and invites me to shoot. Over time, I mostly appreciated "the real shorn off ones”, that's the way I call them, but in reality they are just cut stems: I find them in small bunches, tied together by strands of raffia or scattered one upon the other just like in the Mikado game. The most incredible thing is that shorn off stems can evoke the flower which was previously attached to them; it fascinates me being the basis of my research: I just imagine what has been cut off from what is left or cut, when has it been cut off? By whom? And through which instrument?
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