I’m bombarded with photographs every day. Images come at me, relentlessly, in just a few social media streams. There’s some classic images and shots from the masters, but mostly the images are from contemporary photographers posting their work in various groups. And there’s a lot of quality images out there. However, when looking at street photographs after a while, my eyes glaze over and a lot of images start to have a “sameness” about them. At this point, it takes a pretty remarkable image to snap me out of the funk. Recently, Giacomo Brunelli’s work did just that.
I don’t know where or how I came across Brunelli’s work. The image I saw… a dog, appearing almost possessed in an incredibly dark-feeling, black and white image, immediately had me under its spell. The dog’s eyes, bright against the dark background. Baring its teeth, it evokes a feeling of menace. But it also evoked a sense of nostalgia. A noir feel, but noir on steroids. A powerful darkness that demanded further investigation.