I watch the world.
To be able to see.
But do I really see?
I don't think so.
Only nature keeps authenticity, but as we know nature loves to hide itself. On the contrary human perceptions are conditiouned by thought. Interpretation always affects human explanation of the surrounding social and cultural reality.
So the glance can't be artless and uncontaminated. Eyes don't analize the surroundings indipendently. Influenced by so many visual signs they look for, and after find, just simulacrums, sometimes immaginary initations. Pheraps this is why Plato distinguishes between the percived object and the idea of it. And he blames mimesis because it imitates things which in truth are copies of ideas. And in this way we keep ourselves three times from the Truth.
But is it so necessary to reveal the true face of reality?
It seems to me that life is something complex: a sort of a tangle in which the apparence and the tangible, the world and the idea overlap themselves. And my gaze, fascinated by the surroundings, often searches thoroughly in the intimate archive of my memories, remembrances and meditations. To delve into the horizon of a new visual space, where real things and surreal things mirror each other.
To let my eye drow into the thought.
And, above all, into a child's dreams.
Franco Martelli Rossi (Padova, 1957)
His interest in photography shows up in 1978 but he begins to work as a professional photographer a few years later, in 1991. Nowadays he works for corporations, companies, professionals and privates. He teaches Art of Photography and Cinematography at Giovanni Sello Arts High School in Udine but he also takes care of courses and laboratories about the history, technique and language of photography. From 1994 to 1996 he worked as the editor in chief of the magazine "Immagine/Cultura" while from 1996 to 2013, on behalf of the town of Tavagnacco, he designed and coordinated a project to research, archive and observe the territory. He also worked on the cataloguing of some founds and took part in many photography exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. His photos have appeared on books, magazines, university books and on other kinds of pubblications specialised in architecture, art, interior design, corporate reportage, territory and creative photography. He had contributed to the creation of many photography books. With the publishing house Campanotto editore he published "LONG VEHICLE" (1991) and in 2020 the collection of short stories "DIARIO".