Mirrored lake

  • Karim Carella
  • 2014
  • Inv. No. 284.16.04
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Paesaggio, Acqua
Size S
50x50cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Showcase frame Mounting
 

It is a perfectly symmetric image and the flat lake surface turns itself into a mirror that thoroughly reflects what lies just above its surface. The trees, the dark rocks and the pressing range, even the clouds with their fickle details are duplicated in the shot, as if they were both in the lake and outside it. And so the lake and its outer part become the focus of the scene, to which all the other elements are drawn.
The artist fell in love with photography when he was child and used to play with his father’s Hasselblad, a Swedishhigh-quality camera. For a long time, photography has been Carella’s main hobby but in 2008, as he was about to visit Canada, he decided to turn his passion into his job: he bought all the necessary equipment and, as a self-learned photographer, started to study the technique and landscape photography. He took his inspiration from the great old masters and developed a very personal style, his trademarks being the square format and the black and white. He explored several styles and genres, getting as far as to experiment macro photography and a more “narrative” style. His series depict desert and boundless places, which can be recognized but not put on a map, in order to pick fragments of realities that can’t be set neither in time nor space. This is particularly true in the case of Effimeri (2010), Lifeblood (20122) and Rocks in the clouds (2012), which are set in a dreamlike dimension and feature minimalist shapes and open spaces. Thanks to his studies and his passion, Carella soon got recognized by the critics and, from 2011, had his works displayed in several exhibitions: he participated in Omaggio a Giorgio Morandi at Wikiarte in Bologna; he exhibited his Assolo at Spazio Raw and at the MIA Art Fair, both in Milan.