In Scrapbook, Francesco Merlini introduces us to a world of harsh and disturbing reality. A reality made of ordinary and mysterious situations, confronting us to cityscapes, black and white pictures of people and desolate natural environment. With the same provocative aesthetic and visceral strengh Merlini explore the themes of sexuality, death and the moral decay of society.
“For me, taking pictures has always been a way to collect visual notes about reality and particularly about my perception of that. Reality and photographer’s emotional and visual fund mould together in order to create a personal interpretation, according to my belief that photography’s capacity lies in its evocative power more than its narrative factor. My works have focused on different aspects and stories but I’ve always accomplished them as diaries imbued with a fascination that has made me focus mainly on the themes of death, sexuality and formal and moral decay in our society.” – Francesco Merlini