PHOTOCIRCLES - Photographs with Circle and Diagonal

fotocerchi Photocircles: in search of wonder in our daily lives.

Photocircles look at the world in a rigid, obsessive, pure and absolute way, they represent a new way to photograph, not starting from the subject or a general idea but by the pure geometric form of the graphic layout. Each picture starts from a different idea and they find their fusion only in the abstraction of geometry.

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The geometric layout circle/diagonal is mathematically determined by fixed proportions, the short side of the frame is twice the circumference that is placed on the thirds, the proportion of the frame is 3/4: this constraint governs the frame and decides what stays inside and what is cut off.

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These photographs use the hard constraint of composition circle / diagonal to create layered images that form a visual universe made up by little stories, optical jokes or historical quotes or even a family tree.

The research carried out is pure abstraction, the field of investigation is the absolute form circle / line to be found in everyday life or within themselves through a continuous process of abstraction.

The final goal is to stimulate the curiosity and the ability to see the wonder in things that surround us every day, that’s why Photocircles often tell stories about great inventors, scientists and artists of the past, people who have never stopped looking at the world with curiosity and have never quit to be fascinated by what they saw.

Locandina Biennale di Ferrara 2010 - Mostra personale Missana - Fotocerchi
From January 2010 to December 2011, the Photocircles were exposed in 22 national and international exhibitions including five solo exhibitions, among which also includes a solo exhibition at the 5th International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Ferrara in 2010, major event in the  italian arts sector.

Detail poster Biennial of Ferrara: Fotocerchi.Biennale.Ferrara.pdf
List exhibitions: Mostre Fotocerchi 2010-2011.pdf

Premio Eureka In June 2011, the Photocircle "Match" won the third prize at the national EUREKA - Contemporary Art Award, Photography.

PHOTOCIRCLES - Photographs with Circle and Diagonal

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A detail, the lighting of the match, to emphasize the everyday extraordinary.

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Match - Multiphoto

The short but extraordinary life of a match, from a small piece of wood aster, then fire and then the fog in the wind.

The four pictures are a whole and should be regarded as a single work.

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Newton (Diamond with Rainbows
The phenomenon of the rainbow has always fascinated me, I still find it amazing the phenomenon of decomposition of light. In this picture focuses the wonder of the child watching the rainbow, the interest of the scientist who studies the phenomenon in the laboratory and the pleasure of watching the internal reflections of the diamond.

The first studies on the visible spectrum were led by Isaac Newton who first used the term spectrum (from Latin spectrum, with the meaning of "appearance" or "apparition"), in a print of 1671, where he described his experiments in optics. He observed that when a ray of light striking a surface of a glass prism with a certain angle, a part of the beam was reflected, while the remainder passed through the prism and out again broken down into colored bands.
Newton divided the spectrum into seven different colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The choice of seven colors did not rest on a scientific basis, but philosophical, in particular the theory of the connection between colors, the seven musical notes, the planets (the time were thought to be seven) and the days of the week.
The human eye on the other hand can only trouble telling blue from indigo and violet, that has led many to think of having to delete it from the list of colors in the spectrum.

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Light Painting
"Light Painting" is a photographic technique that allows the use of flashlights as if they were light brushes to "paint" the frame.
In this picture you have used the colored gels to give greater prominence to the lines of light.

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Energy in every sense, as chemical energy contained in the fruit and then input of energy to the diet, as electricity used for lighting as well as mental energy of the cognitive process to interpret and grasp the essence of the image, which deliberately breaks the mold of traditional lighting of "still life", which in this Photocircle wants to become a "living nature".

The answer is: yes, I put a light bulb inside the orange ...

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The circle-diagonal structure

The idea of marriage is suggested by the metaphor of the two rings, large / small for  husband / wife.

The two heart-shaped shadows suggest the concept of love.

Marriage - Courtship - Bond

This is a page of the Kamasutra, the meaning is the importance of sex for a happy marriage.

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Image taken from the series "Wonder" of Photocircles, the absence of contextualization is used to create curiosity and activate a survey by the viewer.

But I think it is very difficult to understand that it is a wax lamp from the 70s, above it says "Do not shake" ....   if you disobey this is the result.

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In this image I wanted to summarize the experiment of Foucault tracking the motion of a pendulum light in front of a nineteenth-century's world map symbolizing the Earth and nineteenth-century conception of its motion.

Léon Foucault (Paris, 1819 -1868) was a French physicist known for the invention of the Foucault pendulum, equipment that serves to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth.
In 1851 he was able to give direct demonstration of the rotation of the earth around its axis with an experiment as simple as brilliant. He used the principle of inertia in an original swinging a pendulum with a mass relevant and of considerable length inside the Pantheon of Paris: to comply with the laws of inertia of the plane of oscillation must remain unchanged but because of the rotation of the earth Parisians saw the pendulum slowly changed direction.
 It was for this demonstration and for the invention of the gyroscope which it follows that in 1855 he received the Copley Medal from the "Royal Society" of London.

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Played on the double image reflection of the player on the shiny surface.

The diagonal is suggested by the look of golfer watching the ball and in the reflection creates the trajectory of the diagonal of the image.

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Image created for the 150th anniversary of the Republic of Italy, summarizes all the stereotypes and the words that have made us famous or infamous in the world, the glass points out some words in particular.

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Water drop

Image designed for the cycle "Wonder" of Photocircles, short shutter crystallizes this drop in the sink of the house and gives it a vitrified look.

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Christmas Tree

The carousel of Christmas lights in the streets and houses reinterpreted with a technique of light painting.

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Van Gogh's Iris

A little thought to one of my favorite painters.

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Leonardo da Vinci is famous worldwide for his skills as a painter and engineer but few know his passion for the human anatomy. The Catholic Church forbade dissect dead bodies to investigate the functioning of the organs, Leonardo began his studies to improve the painting technique of composition of the human figure but then became obsessed with finding the place where the Soul resided. His drawings were used until the twentieth century to illustrate anatomy books worldwide.


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Cardboard tube

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Light Painting with fireworks, flashlights and colored lenses.

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Pencil Multicolored

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Coffee - Multiphoto

History of a real
Italian pleasure: homemade coffee with moka.

The four pictures are a whole and should be regarded as a single work.

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Eclipse in Kitchen

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The Photocircle Numismatics is part of the series of images "Illusions" that have set themselves the goal of playing and intrigue.
The theme is the error of assessment in which the human brain falls when a same circumference is surrounded by other circles smaller or larger, in fact, the size within the frame of the circle "subject" is always the same but the scrolling your eye between the various pictures you can see the change.
Exploiting this illusion as a starting point, we took into consideration the coins from £ 50 and £ 100 to use as normal and small circles to build the optical illusion.
The geometric construction of the 16 images that constitute Numismatics is rather laborious, not to weigh this web page I created a short text for the curious:

pdf numismatica Numismatica.pdf
Dimesione: 2.1 MB
Anno: 2011
8 pagine

I thank my friend Paolo, a numismatic collector, for providing me the coins, especially the £ 50 and £ 100 small, very hard to find.

The 16 photos are a whole and should be regarded as a single work.

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Additive Color Mixing

As written above, light has always fascinated me, in these pictures I have dealt with a concept widely used: the additive color synthesis.
The additive synthesis is the principle used by monitors and televisions to produce colors that we normally see by combining three colors, typically red, green and blue, from which the acronym RGB (Red Green Blue).
The sum of the three colors produces white.

I tried to create a series of images between dream and the abstract to speak of pure light.

I thank my mother-in-law for providing the lights of the Christmas tree multicolor Thanks Lucia.

The four pictures are a whole and should be regarded as a single work.

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TIme Museum - Pesariis, Udine, Italy

This is a small tribute to the clock, wonderful machine that now we take too much for granted.

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My Google Doodle

We all know the Google doodle, this is my personal reinterpretation.

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Water Drops

The pictures tell the wonder of a child watching the rain fall on the surface of water,  from a few drops to rain.

The four pictures are a whole and should be regarded as a single work.

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Lux Mea Lex

The word "Lux Mea Lex" is usually placed inside the sundials means "Light governs me."
In this sequence of images the words "Lux mea lex" were borrowed to create a parallelism with photography and to focus on the
photographer's work: he must adapt to the lighting conditions, be it natural or artificial, and interact with light, learning how to use it. In the photographer's daily life the Light guide the choices, it's the Light that commands.

The eight photos are a whole and should be regarded as a single work.
lux mea lex
Reading key.

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My family tree

Grandparents, parents (me and my wife) and my two daughters.

Project to be developed with different families, maybe multiethnic, to see how they transmit hereditary characteristics from one generation to another.

The eight photos are a whole and should be regarded as a single work.