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Photography as Catharsis: Loredana Denicola's Empowering Portrait, submission review by Lensculture

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

Hello Loredana, and thank you for sharing your work with the community at LensCulture. What strikes be about this body of work is that you are using the camera as a vessel for catharsis for other people.

Through the language of photography, you are making these people feel desirable to other people, but, most importantly, also desirable to themselves.

You are giving them a sense of moral worth, and a voice that they were not able to convey without your presence and your camera.

I am humbled by how vulnerable these people are to you and your lens, and I can see that you have an innate ability to connect with the people you surround yourself with.

Toni from ' I am your Mirror' photography ©Loredana Denicola
Toni from ' I am your Mirror' photography project ©Loredana Denicola

One of your most compelling photographs is the portrait, Toni, as I love how you are referencing classical painting and the female nude, and challenging it through the presence of a nude, male, African-American body.

As a viewer, I also deeply connect with his story - "When I am modelling it makes me feel worthy because I am on the other side of the lens, I feel good, tall, intelligent, happy, wonderful"- you are empowering your subject matter through your camera and your sense of compassion.

I am also compelled by your portrait, "Robert," as there is this interplay of ambiguity, mystery, and vulnerability evoked through this man's nude presence.

What is even more interesting is the duality of his real life outside of the lens, where he is fulfilled, married man with strong Christian values.

I encourage you to keep moving forward with this work, as you are challenging stereotypes surrounding gender roles, age, body image, and sexual identity. This is a truly compelling body of work, and I am looking forward to seeing how it progresses over time.

Thank you for allowing me the privilege to write about your work.

I hope this review was helpful for you, and I will be wishing you the best of luck on your creative endeavours.

by LensCulture - Magnum Photography Awards 2016


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