Massimiliano Pugliese was born in Rome, Italy in 1970. He has a degree in Statistics and Economics, and studied Photography in the Istituto Superiore di Fotografia e Comunicazione Integrata (ISFCI) in Rome. Massimiliano has won numerous awards and has been featured in various publications. He currently lives and works in Rome.
In his own words:
Photography, fortunately or unfortunately, is not my work. So I don’t make any money from it. That said, being a taciturn and solitary person, I believe that photography is my way of relating with the outside. It’s my way of saying “that’s how I am”, I can’t say it in words because I’m not capable, but I do it with my pictures. Besides this, it is my daily obsession, my constant thought. In the last 3 or 4 years I have developed a bigger awareness of what I want to do with photography, that is to continue to give space to the underlying themes, which, in the end, are always the same; anxiety, loneliness, sense of disorientation.
This is a sample of his latest work “Getting lost is wondeful”:
All images © Massimiliano Pugliese
Obscurity as descent, inner journey in territories and mysterious dimensions, where darkness prevails, gloomy over wasteland almost unknown dense of glacial atmospheres. The photographer got lost deliberately in these enigmatic parallel landscapes, in these inner places, looking for those images registered and layered in his memory and in his Ego, that represent his own personal culture about mass media and music, acquired during the years. The characters, the actors of these images find themselves totally alone, lost in gloomy “lynchian” atmospheres that give the impression of looking for a vital protection: as nocturnal insects, they are attracted to light sources that offer them a safe shelter from the black sidereal dark, enveloping and threatening. All the individual experiences of loss and bewilderment, as terrible and shocking they are, always provide an opportunity for an exhaustive knowledge, often “illuminating”. Massimiliano Pugliese doesn’t need to tell a story, his photography renders images in an experience of inestimable value, which is characteristic of man, and that most of us have already experienced or will face in the future. Losing yourself to find yourself, finding yourself to knowing yourself with absolute sincerity.