Shaking the controlled environment of the photo, with Mariangela Gallo

I’m a photographer, but I also use another medium, painting: I take photos, I print them, I paint on them and I photograph them again. After years spent taking photos and painting I came to the conclusion that I need both and they don’t need to be separate works, but I can combine my love for painting and my urge to shoot. The idea came one day while I was trying to edit a picture digitally and I felt miserable. I’ve always been interested in experimenting with photography to investigate its potential, but digital manipulation is definitely not something for me. I’m addicted to that messy feeling of handmade works, the smells of acrylics, the rituals. I need to get my hands dirty, I need to hold a printed picture in my hands and listen to it. Some photos ask for spontaneity and immediacy, other s for a more researched and planned approach. In both cases, I want to shake the controlled environment of the photo to bring it to new possibilities.~Mariangela Gallo