The Meerror project shows what mirrors reflect when we are not in front of them. It consists in a series of photos taken facing a mirror, so we should see ourselves reflected in it, but we don’t, as if we were invisible. The result are real images, that exist in the world, but that we can never witness, for we are their own interference. In fact, we will never be able to observe directly what a mirror shows when we are not facing it, because every time we step in front of it, the image that was reflected a moment before is modified by our appearance. Only disappearing, we can observe reality without alterations.
Thus self-portrait and still life collide, creating images that are both the things and none at the same time. In fact, up to where is it legitimate to speak of portrait? Each one of these pictures premise it and is the result of the cancellation of a self-portrait. Yet is our very absence, an absence that turns these images into still lives, that triggers the mechanism of the picture.
In my photography there is always the urge of taking pictures unseen, almost vanishing. Equally relevant is the sensation of unease that some people - me included - feels in front of a camera. A discomfort that less and less people experience today, in the era of selfies, and that probably comes when we look at our own image, in which not always we can fully recognize ourselves. Thus, the error, the disappearing of the self (Me-Error), the acknowledgment of ourselves as disturbing elements and the denial of our own image. A self portrait that becomes still-life.
Finally, it is worth analyzing the boundaries of digital photography and the possibilities of photo manipulation. In fact, a medium should be studied and used to try to show things that no other medium can express. In this specific case, only through the digital manipulation of the image, we are able to see what nor our eyes neither the camera lens could: what mirrors reflect when we are not in front of them.
A photographic project curated by Alessandro Tini