I spent most of my life shooting and painting. When I finally realized that I need both, and they don’t need to be separate works, it set me free.

I’m not interest in creating fantasy, abstract worlds, and I’m not interested in appearances and descriptions either, but what I need to make sense to, is the world around me and all its people. Both the environment and every living being in it are constantly changing and their most significant traits are invisible to the eye. So, I asked myself how could I use photography to talk about something invisible?

Paint is a wonderful medium that opens you to infinite possibilities, but this versatility was a limit to me as I need that deep connection to the world around me that photography brings.

Photography is deeply linked to what we see, to the physical reality. Many scholars have discussed this topic at length, much better than I could ever do. It may be ‘the death of reality’, a ‘hyperreality’ or a ‘minute part of reality’, in any case its profound connection to the world that physically exists it’s undeniable.

But when emotions are involved, and we look at reality as something we experience through our senses, then multiple realities seem possible. By combining photography and painting I try to visualize these multiple realities: photography keeps me connected to the physical world, its rules and its discipline, while painting allows me to investigate perception and imagination by giving a form and a colour to things invisible only to the eye.

Photography helps me make sense to what I see, and painting helps me make sense to what I feel. For me both forms of art are essential and deeply connected one to the other. By combining photography and painting I feel I have found my own medium of expression which allows imagination to be one of the defining elements of my realities.

I try to go beyond the representation of the physical world by embracing it and only by combining photography and painting, I can express my personal reality how I see it: a mess of perceived shapes, shifting colours, textures, words, noise, silence, memories, regrets, hopes and dreams that change, evolve and transform like every living being and together with every living being.

Most things of value in our lives are invisible, and how can we define them as ‘real’ if we can not see them? And how can photography capture them? How often what you cannot see is infinitely more important then what you can see?

Photography, more than any other art, is based on what our eyes can see. Does this mean that there are things a photo cannot show?

Perhaps reality and imagination aren’t opposite concept, but imagination can help us seeing what reality hides behind the curtains of visual perception.

In the same way, when painting and photography work together, imagination can enter reality allowing us to finally see what before we could only feel, dream or imagine.

I hope with my work made of photography and paint, to show something invisible. We are made of what we feel, of what we dream and imagine and maybe, sometimes we need to see the invisible to remind ourselves that what makes our lives worth living can’t be seen with the eyes.

CV

I was born on the Amalfi Cost, I grew up near Venice and now I’m based in London.

2016 Honourable mention – IPA International photography awards

2017 ArtAscent, Art & Literature Journal, issue 26 Abstract, pp. 30-32

2017 Shortlisted – Lucie Foundation 2017 photo made scholarship

2017 Honourable mention – Golden Orchid Photo Award, fine art category

2017 Honourable mention – International Photographer of the Year Awards, fine art category

2018 Group exhibition – Selfie 2018, Candid Arts gallery, London EC1V 1NQ

2018 Honourable mention – Neutral Density Photography Awards

2018 Wotisart? portfolio magazine, issue 12, pp. 17-18

2018 1st Prize Winner – FAPA Fine Art Photography Award, Open theme category

2018 Nominee – FAPA Fine Art Photography Award, Portrait category

2018 Nominee – FAPA Fine Art Photography Award, Photomanipulation category

2018 Online group exhibition – F-Stop magazine, Issue 89 – Altered image

2018 Blog feature – Artists Inspire Artists

2018 Group exhibition – (In)visible, Espacio Gallery, London E2 7DG

2018 Average Art Magazine, issue 26, pp. 1-2

2018 A5 Magazine, issue 18, pp. 3-4 and back cover

2018 Selah International literary & art magazine, issue 3, online edition

 

CONTACTS

m.angelagallo@gmail.com

+44 787 633 7435