Trip the light fantastic
DESCRIPTIONTrip the light fantastic is a print from two overlapped 35mm color negatives; the result is a sort of double exposure in which the original image with its objects are indistinguishable, the light passing trough both negatives makes them blend and creates something new.
The picture comes from how I relate to the environment and the place where I live, and to the time I spend there. In fact, the negatives I used were exposed in the two places that characterized the last months of my life: one in the city, Milano, and one in the mountains. So, two different space-time coordinates blend, and I can be in both places at the same time. The tension between two totally different environments resolves and they become one, and neither of the two exist anymore without the other: the resulting photo opens up to another world, a new space-time dimension in which time is suspended and you can be in any place at the same time.
The title is Trip the Light Fantastic, an expression which means “to dance”, and also the title of a song by Greta Van Fleet in which it is interpreted as dancing through time and space without ever stop somewhere, in a precise place and time, and so be ultimately free. This is what my photo is: an attempt to reach freedom by a never-ending whirling dance in space in time, in which you no longer have to be precisely somewhere at a precise time and for a precise time. And in the analogue printing process the physical rules of our world are broken and light is now able to merge two distant moments.
AUTHORI am a nineteen years old girl from north-west of Italy, currently studying Visual Arts at NABA in Milan. I started using photography when I was 9 and I asked as a Christmas gift a reflex camera. From that moment photography has always been an essential part of my life: this led me to the choice, after the scientific high school I attended, of embarking on a path of artistic studies.
I started my process with photography using only digital, but I am currently discovering and learning the analogue processes, which I am mostly interested in at the moment: I was born in the digital era and paradoxically that is probably the reason why I felt the need for a slow and not immediate process like the analogue one, I need time to slow down.
I am mostly caught by elements of the environment around me usually considered insignificant or ugly, and in general by the details of what is around me. My photographs rarely include human beings, or they appear anonimously as any other element of the environment.