Photography and Time: Susan Sontag’s Insight Related to Stefano Azario’sWork
In her book “On Photography,” Susan Sontag wrote, “Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality…One can’t possess reality, one can possess images–one can’t possess the present but one can possess the past.” Sontag’s words touch upon the intricate relationship between photography and time, a subject that is particularly relevant when examining the work of acclaimed photographer Stefano Azario.
Stefano’s recent project, “In cerca della retta via,” is an exploration of the region of Lunigiana, Italy, inspired by Dante’s travels over 500 years ago. Through this project, Stefano seeks to preserving a larger moment in time; one during which, like Dante, he wandered lost through the woods. The smaller slices of life, each a fraction of a second, are the images he’s made of his wanderings as well as his interactions with people who’ve chosen to make of the area their home.
Sontag’s words remind us that while photography may capture a moment in the past, it does not necessarily allow us to possess that reality. Rather, photographs serve as a record of the past that allows us to access the emotions and events of that moment. Stefano’s work exemplifies this concept, as he uses his photography to capture fleeting moments and emotions that can never be truly possessed.
Stefano’s approach to photography is unique in that he is able to capture the true essence of a moment, creating images that are both captivating and emotionally evocative. Through his use of the camera, composition and light, he is able to establish a sense of intimacy with his subjects, making them feel relaxed willing to give or at least share. This, in turn, is reflected in his photographs, which are emotionally resonant.
In conclusion, Susan Sontag’s words on photography and time are particularly relevant when examining the work of Stefano Azario. Through his recent project, “In cerca della retta via,” Stefano captures the inherent beauty of a moment in time, creating images that are both captivating and emotionally resonant. His work serves as a testament to the power of photography to preserve the past and allow us to access of that moment that may be relevant to us the viewer thereby stretching time.