I have realised that I have never completed the assignment Letter to the World.
I have decided to paste here what I have written in the About Me… section and to include also a selection of pictures.
Letter to the World
My name is Alice.
I am Italian, but I moved to Scotland in 2003 at the age of 18 to study at the University of Aberdeen. At the end of 2008 I have decided to withdraw from my PhD out of disillusion with the Academia. I found a renewed interest in my old passion, photography and decided to pursue it as a profession.
Having considered various options in the field, I decided to enrol for the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication to improve both my critical approach and my technical competence as a photographer.
I have a very strong passion for photography as a discipline, as I have found this activity extremely important for me and my development as a person. It has taught me to adapt to the environment around me and to the course of events. It has taught me to focus on what is common, overlooked and virtually insignificant to find meaning by observing and investigating the relationship of men with their surroundings, trying to unveil meaning in the apparently meaningless. It has forced me, in many ways, to deal with my own limitations, be that economical, personal or cultural. It has re-awakened my creativity and has refined my perception of the world around me.
Since a young age, when taking pictures, I have always paid close attention to the contrast of forms and colours. No matter how insignificant, my subject had to convey some sort of balance and dynamism. Since taking up photography more seriously I have become increasingly attracted to the study of all aspects of modern urban environment and how people relate to it but I am in particular attracted to the connection between urban and social decay.
I use my camera as a tool of discovery. I try to capture that which one would never notice: what actual impact has man had on this place? What impact has this place had on man? What is left of this relation? How does it affect me?
I think this process makes me very aware of my presence in the world in which I live, it makes me reflect on the meaning of my actions and their consequences – a grounding process necessary especially at the present time, concerned as we are with the search for our identity.
Ultimately I would like my pictures to become the artistic product of an inner process, a reflection on the human condition which begs the question: why am I here? The photograph should be the materialisation, the conclusion of a deeply personal investigation, and the tool to push to a further investigation.