Fotopark: Featuring Gilberto Benni, A journey through darkness Gilberto Benni shares his photos created with the Leica M9 and the SL

I lived the darkness in three ways throughout my life. As a child with fear of the dark, of the unknown and of the monsters in the closet. As a teenager as the hiding place where to do things forbidden by the parents and by the common sense of morality. As an adult, darkness was the place where to meet either my pleasures or my doubts and difficulties of adult man.

Taking a cue from these three meanings I started exploring the darkness, to see what actually was concealed in it, to turn fear into an ally, and that’s when, unexpectedly, I found a world of colors, camera angles and perspective waiting for me.

It took me about two years to complete this journey inside the darkness of the night, I waited for the darkest and coldest evenings to avoid contact with others, not to pollute my prospects with other presences.

It wasn’t always easy to find the sense of what I was doing or what I was seeing, scared and surrounded by the night, but when I got home, watching the images on the computer I realized how darkness really pleased me and how it was becoming my friend.

Some may wonder why I chose parks and trees, well the answer is not simple. I think however that going to a park at night, empty and cold, can be enough to understand how darkness makes feel weak and moving close to a tree can show how nature can feel safe, and appear solid and magnificent to us. This is why I chose parks and trees for this project, because of this sensations.

I shot so many dark places to see how they could move me inside.

I snapped, forests, parks, glades fields, but only in the closed parks, at night, I found the right feeling to shoot.

About Gilberto:

I was born in 1981 in Bologna, Italy, and thanks to my father photography immediately becomes part of me. When I was six he gave me my first camera, a Bi-optic Lubitel.

From that moment photography has become an inseparable part of my life that brought me where I am, working as a Manager for the Leica Store Bologna.

Over the years it has been my most trusted companion in moments of difficulty allowing me to explore those places that I would not otherwise addressed.

To know more about Gilberto Benni’s work, please visit his official website and follow him on FlickrFacebook and his Fotopark profile.

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