ABOUT

— The decay photographer —

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La mia passione fotografica nasce dalla fotografia di paesaggio e architettura.
 
La fotografia d’ambiente ha sempre avuto grande magnetismo su di me, al contrario del figurativo o della fotografia di reportage. Dico spesso a chi mi chiede perchè non tratti questi generi, in maniera scherzosa e provocatoria, che è ” troppo facile trasmettere un emozione con soggetti già capaci di rivelare un’emozione con i propri gesti ed espressioni…la verà difficoltà è in un qualcosa di inanimato!”
Pur rispettando questi generi però il mio istinto mi porta ad altro.
 
E così riunisco in un’unica ricetta le componenti comuni nel mio modo di fotografare: avventura, architettura, tecnica ed estetica…con un distacco allo stesso tempo dalle opere conosciute.
 
Il risultato mi ha portato verso le esplorazioni di luoghi abbandonati appartenenti ad epoche passate, difficilmente accessibili e nascosti ai più…ma mancava ancora l’ingrediente segreto per distinguermi dagli altri esploratori e fotografi.
 
L’ingrediente era Caravaggio, il primo “fotografo”.
 
Il grande artista italiano utilizzava soggetti emarginati della società, come vecchi mendicanti e prostitute, per poi glorificarli in trasposizioni di santi e madonne. Ed anche le sue nature morte mostravano frutti in fase di maturazione avanzata, con atmosfere di decadenza autunnale.
Ma è la sua tecnica che è diventata leggendaria, col suo modo di padroneggiare la luce con alti contrasti di luce ed ombre.
 
I miei soggetti, decrepiti come quelli di Caravaggio, si ispirano a lui arrivando ad assumere quasi la qualità di un dipinto, trasformando qualcosa di decadente ed inanimato in un’opera dove le ombre dominanti e le luci suscitano nello spettatore emozioni discordanti, suscitate da un’antica bellezza avvolta nelle tenebre.
My passion springs from landscape and architectural photography.
 
Ambient photography has always attracted me like a magnet, on the contrary of figurative and reportage photography. I often tell, jokingly and provocatively, to whom asks me why I don’t deal with these genres that it’s too easy to infuse an emotion by means of subjects already able to communicate emotions through their gestures and looks…The real challenge is to make the emotions bloom from something lifeless!”
 
In this way I blend in a unique recipe the parts of my way to photograph: adventure, architecture, technique and aesthetics, separating myself at the same time from known pieces.
 
The result took me to the discover of abandoned places, from past times, barely accessible and hidden from most people.
 
I felt that something was missing anyway, the secret ingredient to distinguish myself from other explorers, and I finally found it in Caravaggio, “the first photographer”.
 
The great Italian artist used marginalized subjects of society, such as old beggars and prostitutes, and then glorified them in transpositions of saints and madonnas. And even his still lifes showed fruits in the advanced ripening phase, with atmospheres of autumn decay.
But it is his technique that has become legendary, with his way of mastering light with high contrasts of light and shadows.
 
My subjects, decrepit like those of Caravaggio, are inspired by him coming to assume almost the quality of a painting, transforming something decadent and inanimate into a work where dominant shadows and lights arouse discordant emotions in the viewer, caused by an ancient beauty wrapped up in darkness.
My passion springs from landscape and architectural photography.
 
Ambient photography has always attracted me like a magnet, on the contrary of figurative and reportage photography. I often tell, jokingly and provocatively, to whom asks me why I don’t deal with these genres that it’s too easy to infuse an emotion by means of subjects already able to communicate emotions through their gestures and looks…The real challenge is to make the emotions bloom from something lifeless!”
 
In this way I blend in a unique recipe the parts of my way to photograph: adventure, architecture, technique and aesthetics, separating myself at the same time from known pieces.
 
The result took me to the discover of abandoned places, from past times, barely accessible and hidden from most people.
 
I felt that something was missing anyway, the secret ingredient to distinguish myself from other explorers, and I finally found it in Caravaggio, “the first photographer”.
 
The great Italian artist used marginalized subjects of society, such as old beggars and prostitutes, and then glorified them in transpositions of saints and madonnas. And even his still lifes showed fruits in the advanced ripening phase, with atmospheres of autumn decay.
But it is his technique that has become legendary, with his way of mastering light with high contrasts of light and shadows.
 
My subjects, decrepit like those of Caravaggio, are inspired by him coming to assume almost the quality of a painting, transforming something decadent and inanimate into a work where dominant shadows and lights arouse discordant emotions in the viewer, caused by an ancient beauty wrapped up in darkness.
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- BIOGRAPHY -

Christian Basetti, classe 1979, vive a Milano.  Animato dal desiderio sempre crescente per l’avventura, trasforma grandi viaggi in solitaria attorno al mondo in un binomio indissolubile con la fotografia di paesaggio.

Appassionato anche di fotografia d’architettura, anche in questo caso ammira l’iconocità delle grandi opere sia del mondo antico che moderno; nella sua passione sente la sfida di far parlare con gli scatti le grandi opere costruite, come se fossero delle creature narcisistiche silenziose in attesa di qualcuno che esprima la loro grandezza.

Nel 2015 , la passione per l’avventura e la fotografia d’ambienti confluisce  nella fotografia di antichi luoghi decadenti, cercando di dare voce a queste strutture cariche di malinconico fascino.

Un mondo segreto e silenzioso che esiste sia nel presente che nel passato, in una dimensione sospesa fuori dal tempo.
 
Con uno stile personale rivolto sempre all’estetica non si limita mai esclusivamente all’aspetto documentaristico, ma vuole rappresentare l’antico orgoglio di luoghi destinati a essere cancellati dal tempo, ispirandosi allo stile del Caravaggio nella rappresentazione degli ambienti.
 
Il progetto “Artcheology” prese vita.
 
 

Christian Basetti, born in 1979, lives in Milan. Animated by the ever-growing desire for adventure, he transforms great solo trips around the world into an indissoluble combination with landscape photography.

Since he’s fond of architectural photography, even in this case he admires the iconicity of the great works of the ancient and modern world; in his passion he feels the challenge to make the great works talk through his shots, as if they were silent, narcissistic creatures, waiting for someone to express their greatness.

In 2015, the passion for adventure and photography of environments converges in the photography of ancient decadent places, trying to give voice to these structures full of melancholy charm.
 
A secret world existing both in the present and in the past, an out-of-time, suspended dimension. He discovered places sometimes hardly accessible or simply hidden and isolated from the big cities.
 

With a personal style always aimed at aesthetics, he never limits himself exclusively to the documentary aspect, but wants to represent the ancient pride of places destined to be erased by time, inspired by the style of Caravaggio in the representation of the environments.

The “Artcheology” project came to life.

Christian Basetti, born in 1979, lives in Milan. Animated by the ever-growing desire for adventure, he transforms great solo trips around the world into an indissoluble combination with landscape photography.

Since he’s fond of architectural photography, even in this case he admires the iconicity of the great works of the ancient and modern world; in his passion he feels the challenge to make the great works talk through his shots, as if they were silent, narcissistic creatures, waiting for someone to express their greatness.

In 2015, the passion for adventure and photography of environments converges in the photography of ancient decadent places, trying to give voice to these structures full of melancholy charm.
 
A secret world existing both in the present and in the past, an out-of-time, suspended dimension. He discovered places sometimes hardly accessible or simply hidden and isolated from the big cities.
 

With a personal style always aimed at aesthetics, he never limits himself exclusively to the documentary aspect, but wants to represent the ancient pride of places destined to be erased by time, inspired by the style of Caravaggio in the representation of the environments.

The “Artcheology” project came to life.

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- DICONO DI ME -

"Fotografia o dipinti? E' l'intrigante dilemma che ci si pone nell'osservare le opere di Christian Basetti, il "cronoreporter" che rincorre il tempo fissandolo nell'obiettivo, immortalando ambienti ed atmosfere. Una maniera quantomai affascinante di andare alla ricerca del tempo perduto.
Nicoletta Romano
Direttore "Living" art and design magazine
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VIDEO INTERVISTA PER CANALE TV "RETE 55"

- EXHIBITS -

2019 – Presentazione opere come artista della serata presso Rotary Club                       di Saronno (Varese)

2019 – Serata concerto ” Fotografia e pianoforte ” presso Villa Borletti di Origgio

2019 – Mostra collettiva presso Galleria “exfabbricadellebambole” di Milano

2020 – Mostra personale presso “Sala Veratti”, in centro storico a Varese

2020 – Mostra personale presso “ Galleria d’arte Quadrifoglio ” a Rho (Milano)

2020 – Articolo con pubblicazione foto copertina sulla rivista arte e design “Living” di Varese (n. 117)

2019 – Artworks showcase at “Rotary Club Saronno”  – Saronno, (Varese)

2019 – Music concert for piano and solo exhibition ” Photography and piano” at Villa Borletti , Origgio (Varese)

2019 – Collective exhibition at “exfabbricadellebambole gallery”- Milan

2020 – Solo exhibition at “Sala Veratti”, storic center, Varese

2020 – Solo exhibition at “ Galleria d’arte Quadrifoglio ” – Rho, (Milan)

2020 – Publication with article and cover image on “Living”, Varese art and

design magazine (number 117)

2019 – Artworks showcase at “Rotary Club Saronno”  – Saronno, (Varese)

2019 – Music concert for piano and solo exhibition ” Photography and piano” at Villa Borletti , Origgio (Varese)

2019 – Collective exhibition at “exfabbricadellebambole gallery”- Milan

2020 – Solo exhibition at “Sala Veratti”, storic center, Varese

2020 – Solo exhibition at “ Galleria d’arte Quadrifoglio ” – Rho, (Milan)

2020 – Publication with article and cover image on “Living”, Varese art and

design magazine (number 117)

- IL FOTOGRAFO...D'AMBIENTI -

– IL FOTOGRAFO…D’AMBIENTI –

Come accennato nella biografia, mi occupo di fotografia anche in canali più commerciali. 

A seguito dei miei viaggi nel mondo ho realizzato un sito e-commerce basato sulla vendita di stampe fotografiche fine art di paesaggio, rivolte al mondo degli interior designers e arredamento in generale.

www.landscapefineart.it

As mentioned in the biography, I also deal with photography in more commercial channels.

Following my travels around the world, I created an e-commerce site based on the sale of fine art landscape photographic prints, aimed at the world of interior designers and furnishings in general.

www.landscapefineart.it

As mentioned in the biography, I also deal with photography in more commercial channels.

Following my travels around the world, I created an e-commerce site based on the sale of fine art landscape photographic prints, aimed at the world of interior designers and furnishings in general.

www.landscapefineart.it

 

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In aggiunta lavoro anche come fotografo d’interni.

Servizi fotografici per immobili, attività commerciali, immobili di pregio ed hotels

www.fotografointernimilano.com

In addition, I also work as an interior photographer.

Photographic services for properties, businesses, luxury estates and hotels.

www.fotografointernimilano.com

In addition, I also work as an interior photographer.

Photographic services for properties, businesses, luxury estates and hotels.

www.fotografointernimilano.com