“The light that touches me is what I express in my photography”, that's how the photographer Nani Pontello begins a description of her work. Having inspirations and deepest aspirations reflected throughout on her production, she explores her own shadows in the captured lights: pain and anguish are constantly amplified in her imagery repertoire. Bringing a melancholic and contemporary vision as a language, she works essentially juxtaposing elements such as materiality and the oneiric, to be taken as an example, as emotional reflections.
In the series “I don't know how to navigate in your shallows”, Pontello portrays the inexorable need to immerse deeply in every relationship that involves love. From the perspective of being adrift on demand, she explores the inability to remain without a shallow and limbo of emotions with retained memories, inertia and unsuccessful movement impulses exposed in self-portraits, seeking to explore all sorts of feelings that flow into this threshold.
"Leaving the water is choosing to go away, being adrift is not being entirely, it's break yourself." she defines. The photographer uses a material resources to go deep into the subject that she proposes, among them, her own body. Rust personal objects allude to the wear and tear of the attachment to recurring memories; dry leaves, as something that has no vital energy, yet being held, in the hope of reviving; the pooled water, like the inertia of not wanting to forget, surrounded by the red earth that translates to suffering and bleeding from within. In this collection of ten self-portraits, Nani Pontello addresses a reflection on how reluctant we are to leave and accept the end of intense relationships that mark us deeply.