1 guilty of forgery: counterfeiting, falsification, faking, copying, pirating.
2 the painting was a forgery: fake, counterfeit, fraud, sham, imitation, replica, copy, pirate copy; informal phony.
This project tries to explore the concepts of time, memory and sexuality through re-photographing old prints with the most anachronistic-looking digital filter produced by the newest technology available today, hence reinforcing the sense of ephemeral associated with a photographic image.
Through this process I attempt to open a portal to a world of images completely free from authenticity in every sense. They all are manipulated digital replicas of certain frames I exposed on film at different times of my life, yet antithetical from the originals in many substantial ways.
The field of view and framing was intentionally changed in these new old photographs. Often, only a part of the original print has been captured, leaving out elements previously deemed essential to the interpretation of the image, therefore creating some sort of ” mnemonic forgery” based upon a voluntary manipulation of true photo evidence from my past.
By creating fake vintage images with a camera-phone, an increasingly popular practice even before the inception of Instagram photo sharing platform, I tried to produce a quintessential dysfunctional clone, a perfectly credible “creature” fit to exist in a brave new world where virtual experiences, even sexual ones, are sometimes easier, certainly faster, to pursue than real ones.
© Giovanni Savino Photography