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Torino surreale

All lights, shapes and colours forming the images offered in the book frame real views
which can be watched and enjoyed by anyone strolling the streets of Turin.
Although at first sight they may appear fictitious and obtained through complex techniques,
these surreal and sometimes dream-like compositions - almost abstract plays of shapes and colours -
are in fact simple images of reality captured through the lens of a camera,
single shots taken while observing - maybe with a bit of irony - the urban landscape surrounding us.
Looking at these images we may think that maybe reality can be more fanciful and unpredictable
than any type of imagination.

This book therefore represents first of all an invitation to walk the streets of Turin
once again and look for dream-like images like the ones contained in it, thus developing the habit
of observing the reality around us with different eyes, more curious and ready to notice those patterns
of lights, shapes and colours which are around us, although maybe just for a short moment, and which
- like all beautiful and uncommon things - can open a small space for aesthetic fulfilment and constructive
reflection within us, allowing us to leave the day-to-day routine behind, if for a short while.

If Photography can be considered a form of art and photographers can therefore be artists, in the case
of the images of this book anyone looking at them will be able to take part in the creative process entailed
in all forms of art. Because of the character and “visionary” nature of the images offered here,
those who look at them can do so through their own “interpretation”, whatever they will want to give to them,
and will be able to grasp aspects and situations that are present in them but that the photographer himself
may have not noticed while he was taking the pictures.

We can draw a comparison with Music: A composer writes a piece of music following his gift and developing
some idea of his, but then - once it is on paper - that very piece of music can be interpreted in countless ways
by the different performers and in the following historical periods. Now, some of these interpretations
the composer had not thought and could have not thought of, but were nonetheless present - hidden - in the sheet
he had written, they were potentially there right from the beginning. J.S. Bach could have hardly imagined, for instance,
all the improvisations several famous jazz players would have performed centuries later on the basis of his sheets.
In the same way the photographs in this book can be interpreted in many different ways, because they are not aimed
at being as-accurate-as-possible copies of what we all normally and absent-mindedly consider “reality”, but rather
at grasping and representing the “fantastic” yet true aspect of reality, which we much too often forget to see.


Torino Surreale

The book

"Torino Surreale"
(Publisher Morra, 2002)

can be bought in bookshops, or
contacting directly Pier Paolo Strona.
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It is also possible,
as for every other images shown in the site,
ask for the poster of each photography
(Cibachrome, minimum size 20x30 cm).


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