Eat Me Art: Dancing With the Gods by Italian photographer, Luigi Fieni

10 FEB – 13 JUN 2013

His emotional journey through the fascinating world of Tibetan Buddhism ceremonial dances, Fieni’s ongoing project started 5 years ago where he developed a new way of photographing, where pictorialism takes over photojournalism canons.

Shot in Nepal and Bhutan, Fieni first came to the regions through his career as an art restorer. Since that initial trip he has frequently returned, working on the restoration of ancient art work in a variety of locales in Asia and teaching locals the craft of art restoration. With his fine art background in painting, Fieni is specially skilled in reproducing a variety of styles and techniques with a paint brush, and that ability that makes him especially well suited to restoration, but that also comes through in his photographic images.

Photographing using a low shutter speed, Fieni rotates, zooms and pans his camera while shooting, capturing an image, but also streaks of color and light – motion blurs that give the images an otherworldly feel. The effect is exceptionally painterly – the strokes of light enhancing the tone and timbre of the images. They are almost impressionistic under the painterly definition, with their fine but visible strokes, and focus on light and movement. ‘As my background is mostly painting, my work is constantly trying to merge photography with painting, trying to produce photographs that are as pictorial as possible: my personal view of things,’ says Fieni.

Photographs by Luigi Fieni was on display Eat Me Restaurant from 10 February until 13 June 2013.
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