The round table is a series of six horizontal photos. They are taken in a documentary way using an analog camera... Read More
The round table is a series of six horizontal photos. They are taken in a documentary way using an analog camera (Yashica FX-3 SUPER 2000). The images show some young people of different ages and genders sitting around a table inside a house.
The camera is positioned in one point and moves in a semi-circle, capturing from left to right the people and their expressions in a medium shot.
In the first picture there are four men of different ages. In the background, at the center of the image there is a middle age man. The viewer is immediately involved in their gaze game that characterized the whole work, as the man looks straight into the camera. On the left side of the picture it is visible a tiny cut out face, the blue eye looks straight at the figure in the foreground. On the right side of the photograph a young man is holding a mug. The profile gaze of the man in the foreground wants to introduce the viewer to the next frame.
In the second photo there is only a young woman looking straight down with a thinker pose. This picture gives more information about the space surrounding her as well as in the following photographs. Indeed in the third one the table is more evident. Colours and objects start to appear on it: sunflower, coffee machine, jar etc.
The same girl looks now at someone on her left side, almost interacting with the previous picture. The young blonde man on her side has a similar vague expression and attitude of the girl next to him, and as in the second picture their gaze is vague again. The fourth picture introduces a new character, a young girl with a green bathrobe that is looking attentively towards the speaker of the whole scene. In this picture the attention reaches the maximum peak. After it, in the fifth photo, both protagonists change their focus and expressions. We assume something happened and the girl is suddenly looking at some papers with a frowning face. In the last photo we see her with her hood on and her challenging gaze returning to a neutral position.
The title aims to visualize a narrative coexistence of personalities. The viewer is brought to the rounded table and is welcomed to participate in the narrative story with his/her own sense of time and space.
The way pictures juxtaposed is similar to a filming approach in which the factor of time is felt through lights changing and the individual articulation of non-verbal language.