The idea behind the project? That all “good portraits” require a certain concession, the lowering of one’s guard. And after all, with one’s shoulders on the ground one can only be oneself.
The project began as a collection of portraits of some famous and some not-so-famous people who work in the food world, above all chefs, but also bakers, wine producers, farmers and entrepreneurs whose main interest is food. All of them are lying down, all of them are required to remain in a position limited by the confines of a pillow (real or symbolic).
In a space that is so small and absolute, the synthesis of the person emerges. There are no burners, there’s neither a flame nor a prepared room to confuse the character study: there exists only his or her face and a pillow. The space is so reduced it becomes dense with significance, one substitutes one part for the other so that the fabric becomes the expression of everything. In the same way the position – which is always the same - in which the photographer from above shoots the person lying down, implies a surrendering by the subject. There cannot be a “good portrait” without a certain concession, without the subject consenting to let go, to lower one’s guard and to simply be. Afterall, with one’s shoulders on the ground one can only be oneself.
So far there are about 80 portraits (some of them are Davide Scabin, Antonino Cannavacciuolo, Moreno Cedroni, Paolo Marchi, Alfredo Russo, Loretta Fanella, the Alajmo brothers, Paolo Parisi, Ferran Adrià, Arzak, Stefano Bonilli, Carlo Cracco, Andrea Berton, Renè Redzepì, Alex Atala, Gennaro Esposito, Paolo Lopriore, Mauro Uliassi, Santini, Valeria Piccini, Inaki Aizpitarte, Joan Roca, Massimo Bottura ecc ecc ) but the project continues…