Fiorenzo Senese: I never search for the photograph
Italian Fiorenzo Senese's frames capture Mumbai's symmetry at Jamaat's 18th anniversary show, before heading to Venice Biennale
Storyline. PICS COURTESY/FIORENZO SENESE
What elements of the city's architecture inspire you?
This city offers many different perspectives — the traditional Indian side, the old English Bombay and all Mumbai evolutions. I am inspired by details, lights and shapes. These can be everywhere. I have been living in Mumbai for more than four years and I feel in touch with the city.
How did you find your subjects for Mumbai?
Each photo has a history but all have a common factor: I never shoot intentionally. I never 'search' for the photo. It happens; I have my camera or maybe I see a possible photo and come back to shoot it. In this sense, the most interesting is Storyline (the six windows by night). For shooting it, I had to wait almost six months because I wanted the six windows lit up all together. Moreover, I wanted the upper right one in blue (its colour often changes). The windows are opposite mine in my building, and one night, watching out, I finally saw it! You can imagine the rush to pick up the camera, with the fear that the image might change! But it stayed and I got my photo. For Running Lines, Climbing, Lines in Space 3, Photograms, and No lines, No bubbles, I captured the moment while going around the city.
Your exhibition is titled Lines. Being a vast topic, how did you narrow it down?
The topic is endless. This is an opportunity and also a problem, because it has been, and is approached by other photographers.
What I try to do is to catch different view points, isolate details that create suggestive aesthetic effects, move towards the conceptual, or create another reality. I try to tell something new. I have received positive feedback; people tell me that they look at mundane structures differently after seeing my photos.
Opens: Today till March 16
AT: Jamaat Art Gallery, Tulloch Road, Colaba.