Sooner or later everyone will try to figure out what kind of life, or stories, are hidden behind the face of a person whom they met for the first time. I have to say that I do it very often, and I would also dare to add that this is my small obsession . They say faces talk, and mostly they really do, but, the question is: are they telling the truth? Not always, if you ask me. I love portraiture. Photographs are aware that photographing faces is like reading true and actual stories. However, sometimes, such stories can be completely different and distant from the real life of the people to whom the faces belong. As amusement, looking at my models, I’ve started to take notes on some of the most fascinating and interesting cases. As the time went by and with the help of Luigi Senarega (teacher, author and friend) the notes have been turned into short fictitious biographies and, moreover, into to a project that I just can't leave anymore. I hope that the discovery of any “other life”, so fake as to be true, could be as funny for you as it has been for us who created it. I personally bet that you will whisper “no way, this can’t be possible!” while clicking the question mark under each person (hey: only after reading the fake bio, please!).
Mario Pietro Luras
Let's talk about a visionary photographer, gifted with a strong and very distinguished style.
A guy that, with his camera, unveils the hidden souls of his models and dress them with personalities which are so true in their absolute falsity.
This is Mario Pietro.
I've been totally amazed by his personal vision, and, as a result, got rapidly involved in this "behind the face" game.
That's the way we started the “other life”, a project combining real faces and fictitious biographies and compelling everyone to acknowledge the evident and undeniable possibility of discovering another person inside himself.
I'm totally fascinated by the chance to render in written words alternative identities which seem to be more authentic and touching than the real ones, and to use actors who don't know that they’re going to lose their certainties.
But it could be easy even for readers to get lost between the literal abstraction and the alleged authenticity of the “photographic reality”.
So, be careful and... welcome in the game.