The workof Esattitudine
an interview by Federico CabreraEsattitudine is an artist with an eye for the hidden, he was born in Rome Twenty Seven years ago. His works are enigmatic and intense, the mood that his light creates leaves a sense of mystery, the reflection of a perfect memory or a dreamlike event. The motion in the stillness seems to depict the seconds before a situation unfolds leaving the viewer enchanted, in awe with a moment suspended in time they witness through the eyes of the artists.We are delighted to share a selection of his works and a few of his answers to some of our questions.
Where are you at the moment and why are you there or what keeps you there?I live on the Mediterranean coast, in Circeo national park, close to Roma. What keeps me here is the color palette of the sunset.How would you describe the light there? I would describe it as Giorgio De Chirico’s light.
Every image seems to be part of a much larger plot or story, how do you arrive to the chosen the moment you portrait?I would say that there is not a plot. I’m not interested in telling a story. I would say I like building colors and emotional connections within my pictures while trying to create a chromatic drama. Every picture has its own genesis that starts with the inspiration I find on paintings and nature, through a draft of it, up to the lighting set up.
Where does that drama and suspense found in your images come from? How do you or your life takes you there and why?I suppose it is something between an existential feeling that makes me love troubled and enigmatic art. I’ve always had Edward Hopper’s “New York Office” painting as the emotional reference of my life and reading Albert Camus and Herman Melville was a revelation. Even if I’m Italian I have been more in touch with modern architecture rather than classic. I think Adalberto Libera and Angiolo Mazzoni’s work corrupted me more than Bernini and Borromini.
Who are your models? How do you find them, or what do you look for in them?For me the model is only a part of the composition, in fact I don’t like showing their faces because the eyes and other features can be distracting in the composition of the picture. Of course I have some favourites models who are also friends that I like to work with and... they are so patient. I love what lights makes to their hair.
What are you working on at the moment?I have some drafts that I would like to transform into commercial photos. I hope brands I usually work like the ideas and let me shoot.
Where will you go next?I’ll be moving to Paris after summer.How do you imagine the light to be there?I’ll bring my strobes and my color palette, we'll see what happens then.