The biography of Giovanni Gastel, Como internationally renowned photographer and jury member of the prestigious prize "Città di Como", It is titled "An eternal instant" and is output by Mondadori. It is titled so also shows that the teacher held in Como at the Broletto in Cathedral Square, with a summary of its imaging stories through art, fashion and poetry, from 26 May to 17 giugno. "The exhibition Como – anticipates – It will be divided into two sections: one dedicated to the most iconic pictures of my long career, and the second in a selection of photos belonging looking "fallen angels" ,a portfolio that is organically and poetically the presence of the angels fallen to earth. I hunt them I seem to see them everywhere. Mirror and symbol of our earthly being ".
Even the memories of Giovanni Gastel are pictures, or rather vivid color photographs that stop moments of past life: the golden childhood spent between Milan and the beautiful home of the family of Cernobbio (where he lived and worked the Luchino Visconti uncle), meetings with the elite of world culture, the difficult years of the school, the discovery of love for photography and the timid self-taught as absolute beginnings in spite of his father who wanted him to graduate. And then the family, friends, the colleagues, employees ... of all John portrays an accurate portrayal often affectionate, more forgiving.
A life consecrated to beauty, elegance, to poetry to Gastel. His exhibition with over thirty photographs taken during his forty years of occupation will be as stated in a prestigious setting as the Broletto, medieval palace, formerly the municipal institutions and now used for events and as a venue that still retains all the charm of the building.
"I think for me to create images is a state of necessity. What and what is the level of what I do does not concern me in some way. The reading of what I produce is for the other, I have to make every day worth an almost physical suffering ", says still Gastel. What regarding her memories Como adds: “Lake Como has deeply marked my imaginary universe. The long summers spent at the family home in Cernobbio influenced my aesthetic and even my poetry. The sweet melancholy mixed splendor of the lake are etched in everything I create. I have dedicated my photography in search of the wonderful and my poetry to the lonelier side of my soul, but both belong to the moods lariana poetic ".
Today we are in the digital age. As an artist born alive with the analog? "I see no challenge. I believe that all expressive systems contain an aesthetic. The analogue photography wore itself a language that we have long investigated. The new digital means in turn possesses an inner dynamic which leads to extraordinary results but different from the analog system. The most dangerous mistake and that has generated endless disappointments in generationally linked to analogue photographers is to expect similar results from different systems. The right path is rather forget the old system and its results, and go in search of their way to use to create digital images that match your creativity with the new medium ".
Gastel is an ambassador of beauty in the world. Today we live in a world that sees beauty constantly threatened by barbarism and vulgarity. How to enable her to save the world? "The concept of beauty - says Giovanni Gastel – naturally it undergoes transformations related to fashion and to the evolution of society. That said I think elegance harmony and balance are values that transcend the ages. They come from the classical world, greek and roman and have not been substantially large variations. These numbers I set my work in the hope that the result is not bound by time contingent, but may have a longer life as a work out of time ".