Racconto d’Estate – Capitolo 1 ( 2017 – ongoing )
Described as — a form of melancholy — in the Early Modern period, it became an important trope in Romanticism. Nostalgia is associated with a wistful yearning for the past, its personalities, and events, especially the “good old days” or a “warm childhood”.
My visual research is focused on the relationship between the sea and the people, without rules or purpose, just with the desire to be free and elegant as well. Candid moments of a daily strolling, beach tales through bodies, details, skin, sun, sand and shapes. With this work I aim to push the boundaries of the photography, moving across the aesthetic edges: street-photography and fine-art, documentary and conceptual. I set out the narrative exploring this magic summer mood; I mixed the loneliness and light with a visual geometry, a dialogue between single images and fleshly diptychs, paradoxes and connections.
All these pictures were taken near San Benedetto del Tronto and Pescara. Mar Adriatico, Italy.
“ Enigmatic connections between seemingly disparate objects. In his pictures, Privitera high-lights the dualisms in everyday life and seeks to uncover a dreamlike moment, an ironic instant, or a bright epiphany. ” Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
“ Antonio Privitera’s images are like snapshots from childhood, where random details merge to become wonderful memories of days at the beach; of parasols and palm trees, of voices drowned out by the sea, of seeing your family in bathing suits. And those days seemed to be dominated by an everlasting sun.
In his series La Nostalgia, Privitera cleverly uses diptychs to create the impression of these passing moments from childhood, where unexpected juxtapositions and combinations create original compositions, naturally connected by recurring shapes and figures. Here, normal sunbathers and beachgoers are funny in the most endearing ways, but Privitera’s intention is never to ridicule; rather, there is a childish enchantment, much like a child’s fascination with their grandmother’s wrinkly arms, or their father’s enormous belly. If you’ve ever been on summer holiday, you can smell the sunscreen in these photographs. ” GUP Magazine, Amsterdam
“ He’d play around with shapes, considering the geometry of his subjects and their setting, Each pair of images is in conversation with themselves, creating a single frame from separate moments. It’s not always literal or direct, but Privitera’s talent lies in drawing emotional connections between images. ” PDN Emerging Photographer, New York