Death in Venice
“His face, pale and charmingly secretive, with the honey-colored hair curling around it, with its straight-sloping nose, its lovely mouth and its expression of sweet and divine earnestness, recalled Greek statues of the noblest period, and, along with its extremely pure perfection of form, it was of such unique personal charm that the onlooker thought he had never come across anything so felicitous either in nature or in art.” T. Mann, Death in Venice
The boys portrayed in this series remind me of Tadzio—the charming young man celebrated in Mann's novel. Aside from his perfect features, Tadzio's irresistible allure is intrinsic to his age and soon-to-be-lost innocence. I like to observe and capture the shifts that happen around us; the beauty of these ephebic boys is a great example of transformation. To me, it is as transitional as an awe-inspiring sunrise. Age and experience, indeed, might obliterate soon their delicate and enigmatic features. My Death in Venice is a reflection upon this ephemeral enchantment, youth's fascination and its ambiguity.
All the photographs are analogue, taken with a Holga 120.
The fragmented effect is the result of multiple exposures; each image is created directly on the roll-film and obtained by cutting—and subsequently scanning, a selected segment of the negative.