Giuseppe Gradella lives and works in Mantua, Italy. His photographs deal with fashion, architecture and fine art. There is a constant juxtaposition between what is actually in front of the camera and what he has retained from his experiences, in a continuous study that becomes introspective self-critique. All of those gorgeous female portraits in front of you are well packed in Gradella’s surreal philosophy. Artist has a profound belief in memories and dreams – conscious that everything is layered over time, in the heart, in memory and that, sooner or later, it finds a way back to the light, to unveil itself. Gradella thinks of photography as holding your breath, just under the surface, for as long as your breath lasts, then re-emerging to observe the world from a different perspective, one that is more aware. In order for memory to speak to him, he arms himself with a lot of patience and an excellent bait that allows him to fish even where life’s flow is perceptible only to the eye, like under a sheet of ice. One, indeed, extraordinary human being. His Instagram Page counts over 74k followers and over a thousand enchanting portraits. We are hypnotized.
“For me, photography arrived like a storm after months of drought, and I am still very thirsty.”
“Windows on the Past”
How long is forever?
“Physical places and those that exist in memory, where life and dreams intertwine in a process of transfiguration and internal re-creation in which time is suspended.”