“I create a space in between me and the person portrayed - a safety zone, in which there the person trusts and feels comfortable...it means to participate in the vulnerability of others. ”
- Francesco Francaviglia
Mesmerizing portraits require a deep knowledge and flexibility of the photographer, an ability to be ready to assess and examine different point of views in the instant of a moment as well as a refined technique. Most of all, he needs to connect with the subject in front of him, the object to be captured.
As portrait photographer I feel the need to act on this process to connect with the other person. My emphasize is on a mutual exchange. I create a space in between me and the person portrayed - a safety zone, in which there the person trusts and feels comfortable. A camera is naturally never without aggressiveness and to make a portrait means to participate in the vulnerability of others. The photographer needs to be able to deal with this as much as the person in front of him, so that both can become confident. When this moment of trust is established, two personalities can melt into one, magic happens and the portray is born.
In my opinion photography also has a specific social function: it creates memory and gives immortality to history or to the individual person. In a portrait, a very gaze that can move, paralyze or admonish its viewer. It gives the photographer the opportunity to tell stories. With that comes the duty and responsibility to disseminate a specific message. He also needs to express his values with his own artistic language, over the aesthetical peculiarities of an image.
The main focus of my workshop is self-exploration through photography. Learn in my workshop, how to establish trust, how to achieve this uncovering and revealing of true self. Working along the lines of the Stanislavski method for acting as a starting point, I share my vision in groups of 3-12 people. We develop instruments for opening the path to the deeper layers of a personality. We activate our emotional brains and learn how to recognize, relive or live out our very basic emotions of our own reality, through our senses bring them into the present in order to be able to see our true realistic selves. With this new sense of self and new reality perception we can continue to work and start translating the self into an individual art language.
The workshops contain 60 hours and will be held at the end of a month.