This photo series is, in the author’s intentions, a document on the exploratory concept of places. His research on elementary components of the landscape, is dictated by introspective motivations. In the images presented, emerges an innate curiosity, from what is commonly considered without a definite meaning.
The photography of Gaetano Paraggio, is perceived as a form of detailed study about places, seen as autonomous microcosm. Be present in a space, having holding and practice of procedures for observation, where the extreme attention and calm are the tools for the implementation of the photograph. The relief and the definition of the surrounding elements seem to be his leitmotif. His photos show an apparent absence of purposes, but they are the proof of a strong need to related with the place.
Text © Sergio Creazzo | Photography © Gaetano Paraggio
An attitude meticulous and rigorous, almost inspired by the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, emerges in the vision of these 27 images. It almost seems that we want to bring in the places represented, but that really allow us especially to know beyond the visible and apparent invite us to an intimate wedding with the descriptive elements of the landscape. The architecture, the historic charm of built, human manipulation of materials, integration and relationship with the natural root of the landscape, are all elements that allow us the vision of this book and that testify to the deep sensitivity of the author. For this reason, I enthusiastically accepted the proposal of my friend Gaetano, honoring me to work with him, to create this photo series, inventing a role for me new and unusual, but I hope it will be useful and more intimate view of the photography of Places and Surfaces.