UNTOLD's fourth open call, "Life in Frames," focused on contemporary photography that uses snapshot techniques and a diary-style narrative to capture the moment. After starting with a broad perspective, the three selected projects demonstrate how the aesthetics of the snapshot remains a realm of exploration and experimentation for finding one's unique stylistic and personal identity.
Jett Silva's snapshots speak of that sense of "equivalence" well exemplified by Minor White when he talks about the mirroring function of photography: some photos are capable of sticking to us, managing to speak about us and touch very familiar aspects. Oblivion, one of the three selected projects, is a reflection on the penetration of screens into our lives, a mirror of the current human condition in which the digital world is making us slide into a state of "oblivion" of our own reality.
Untitled by Borys Dolgopolsky is, in the author's own words, a sort of "visual poetry," where even the details left out of focus contribute to giving the image as a whole a sense of suspension and waiting, inviting the observer to create an emotional connection with the image itself. The blurred photograph thus becomes a tool for stimulating the creativity of the reader involved in a game of references and narrative reconstruction that stimulates the imagination.
Last Year. One day at a time is, in the words of its author - Camilla Calato, a project of visual narration started in 2019 and continued until 2020, as a sort of personal diary. It is a material and visual project in which verses and poems participate in the narrative through images, bringing the diary back to the form of the family album."