At first glance, Alexandre Morelli’s photography seems to suggest that there’s a painting hidden just beneath the surface. The impressionistic feel of the “Dawning presbyopia” series and the pictorial abstraction of his “Corners” leave the viewer guessing which medium was used. However, there’s no doubt about it: Morelli’s art is pure photography.
Morelli doesn’t aim for verisimilitude; instead, he seeks out the “verum” (truth) that is hidden behind the “similis” (similar). The “truths” that interest him are our points of view, the way we see the world and the most meaningful ways to represent the emotional space created by seeing and being seen.
As a general rule, Morelli doesn’t feel that it’s necessary or even desirable to simply reconstruct t that which can be seen with one’s own eyes. Rather, he believes that one must recreate the act of viewing and perceiving, an experience that is heavily informed by one’s emotional reactions.