about

Photo by Arianna Vetrugno

I have been working with images for the better part of my life.

 

For 25 years I have been a filmmaker.

"Sebastiano's (Unstill) photos shimmer mysteriously. They are paintings of light that evoke tactile qualities. Spontaneity dominates all of the photos. Sometimes the spontaneity is expressed with bold brush strokes and other times the scratched forms are still in the process of becoming. In spite of the vagueness of the forms the images are bold and dramatic.

 

The photographs are reminiscent of Abstract Expressionist paintings. Expressive color and gestural marks of the artists – Pollock, Hoffman, Stills, Motherwell, etc – were the result of their efforts to tap their inner psyches and create bold, monumental works of the ineffable sublime. They abandoned representation and identifiable image to create pure paintings.

 

Sebastiano Tecchio’s work is superficially similar in the abstract nature and the gestural quality of the colors of light. Unlike the abstract expressionists he maintains the association with physical reality in some of his titles – and only a complete break in others. Sebastiano's work is less about recording an image and more about making an image."​  - Magnum Awards Review

In 2013, as I was waiting for my daughter Simone to be born, I had some free time on my hands and decided to buy a small camera. Soon it became my companion as I took long explorative walks throughout New York City.

A few cameras and numerous miles later, photography has become an essential part of my life, a passion I know will never leave me.

As a documentarist, my work in film is deeply rooted in reality. And yet, as a photographer I rarely find interest in portraying the world as it is. That is why, with the exception of some of my work, most times I end up looking at the abstract side of reality - to capture through the lens of the camera what the naked eye can't see.

 

When I observe the smaller and often hidden folds of the physical world, the apparent wall that separates reality from the abstract seems to crumble - the shape of the visible opens up to new territories and interpretations.

I call my photographic exploration of those territories Still Motion, two apparently contraddicting concepts, wonderfully woven together by Japanese author Yukio Mishima’s reflection  - “When you look at the world with knowledge, you realize that things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed.”

Thank you for taking the time to visit this website. I hope you enjoy my photographs.

Sebastiano

2019 - Virginia Inn - Seattle

Inner Night - solo show curated by Patrice Demombynes

2017 -  Infinito Studio Gallery - NYC 

Still Unstill -  solo show curated by Roberto Brambilla and 

Margarita Rumie

2019 -  Frattura Scomposta - Italian Arts Magazine associated with Google Arts (Article on page 98)

© sebastiano tecchio -2020