by Francesca Soldani, ph. Andrea Moretti
A personal vision of the world as told in restaurants
“A photograph is neither captured nor taken by force. It offers itself. It is the photo which captures you” (Henri Cartier Bresson)
There are moments, instants, which deserve to be told. Hardly perceivable gestures which are captured to become protagonists of history, and the camera is the narrator.
Then there are emotions, feelings which dot our immense “being” and which become spokespeople of sincere messages: that, in life, as in photography, the winners are those who tip the scales in favour of the heart and soul.
Andrea Moretti, a photographer first for passion and later as a profession, class of 1969, is an example.
“The camera is my travelling and life companion. It is a tool which connects people, the subjects and the photographer. Because the ties, those established before and during the shoot, are able to create empathy, they are to be cultivated and developed with respect. My father, a great travel enthusiast like me, taught me this: travel in search of self-discovery and human relationships.” Moretti says. And Andrea carries this message with him, right there, at the bottom of his heart’s pocket.
I have now been working for several years in the world of the web as an Information System Architect for various private and public companies. If I am now a professional photographer I owe it to my father and, most of all, to my wife who spurned me on to invest in my passion. I have always been fascinated by people and constantly look for the “human factor” that I want to portray through my vision of the world.”
And it is the gesture, that precise human gesture, upon which Andrea filters the scenes of daily life and the catering industry. For about four years he has taken part in important food-and-wine events as a photographer such as “Sangiovese Purosangue” in Siena, Rome and Milan. “Le Strade della Mozzarella” in Paestum, “Ein Prosit” in Tarvisio and the “Festa della Pasta” in Gragnano, just to mention a few.
He is specialised in portraits and his focus is on people:
“Out of all that surrounds the world of food-and-wine, with experience I have concentrated all my energies on the kind gestures of people and on the imagination that lies behind a certain dish. More than just telling of a mere representation, often too didactic, my stylistic research verges on the intention of communicating what for me is a person’s work in the dining room and the kitchen and to capture what a dish, a single ingredient or a gesture revives in our culinary imagination.”
In the dining room of a restaurant, ways and gestures count more than anything else.
Andrea is right: after a culinary experience, whatever our opinion is, we will always remember that smile or that kind word which made us feel at home. Much more than the plate of tagliatelle al ragù which inebriates the senses.