2021
Inspired by the book Histoire d’O

Histoires

In my brief career as a photographer, I have met several women dedicating their life to trying in pleasing men that, most part, do not care about them at all. Selfish “significant others” that have a conception of a relationship closer to slavery than Love.

These kind of situations always touch me deep down. Every tome I get back home from shooting with one of these women I feel sad and moved in the bottom of my heart as I simply cannot conceive a one-way relationship like these, between two human beings.

I accidentally discovered “Histoire d’O” thanks to the comic book created by Guido Crepax, an Italian artist I have liked since I was a young man.


Then I read the original book, written by Pauline Réage, and discovered that O (the main character of the story) is so in love with her partner that she is willing to do “anything” he asks – and I stress anything! – just to please him; she even ended up “branded” with a hot iron, just like a cow in a farm.

She lives in a kind of seesaw between humiliation and pleasure. Mental pleasure in pleasing her beloved one but also, perhaps, carnal pleasure.

At the end of this story, O falls in love with one of the men she was entrusted to by her initial love.

Contrarily to the women I mentioned earlier, from a certain point of view O is a winner: although Love places her in the weirdest of the situations, at the same time, at the end she also discovers the man of her life.

Some questions

Is love selfish or unselfish?

Even if we do not find ourselves in the same kind of experience of the main character, could we all somehow become like her by deciding to dedicate our lives to one single significant other?

Is Love an infinite energy that persists even after our death and keeps burning for the same significant other eternally?

Project goals

  1. Promote photography on paper;
  2. Raise awareness on the topic: the three questions in the introduction;
  3. Produce a series of volumes and make them available on Amazon. Each volume is dedicated to one muse and includes exclusive images not available anywhere else.

Format

Hardcover
21x28 cm. (8,25x11 in)
Pages 75~80
Price: 39,00 Euro / 45,00 USD / 35,00 GBP

Catalog

Histoire de G

In preparation

Histoire de L – Finalising the layout
Histoire de A – In the working
Histoire de R – Planned

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