Behind the lens

Quo tibi est iter?

This “Where are you going?” followed me everywhere; never allowing me to halt, always making me ponder the ways ahead. No definite answer, just a perpetual search.

I learned with time that “where” is literally, everywhere. Shadow, light, silhouettes, gestures, people, walls are creating spaces with no physical dimensions. They contract and expand under the pressure of just one passing moment that serves as scaffolding for that scene I’m looking for as my next temporary destination.

The beauty of “seeing” is the thing that drives me as a journalist and photographer. Seeing reality – Henri Cartier-Bresson once said – is “putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis. One must seize the moment before it passes, the fleeting gesture, the evanescent smile…. That’s why I’m so nervous but it’s only by maintaining a permanent tension that I can stick to reality. ” The camera works as an extension of my eyes, it enables me to see – at the 250th of a second – reality in one of its purest forms.

As a journalist and photojournalist, I worked in the field for years but never was “sticking to reality” harder than it is now. Virtual spaces suffocate human interaction by creating new walls, new interfaces that drive people apart. I therefore decided to make you a part of – I don’t know – my curiosity, my impulse of documenting fragments of this ever fading “real” reality. Seeing people in the viewfinder restores my sense of togetherness, something I felt I should share.

Having spent close to twenty years in Ireland, Claudio Nego, BA (hons) Journalism, has been involved mainly in visual communication and television production work in both Ireland and Europe.

After moving to Wexford, in 2015, in partnership with photographer Michael Snoek and curator Anya von Gosseln, founded KAMERA 8 – a Centre for Photography and related Visual Arts in Wexford.

Since 2019, Claudio Nego is part of the Co. Wexford Arts Department Professional Artist Panel for the Creative Communities Programme. 

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