I'll borrow this essay written by Gianni Romano for Zoom magazine, it was helpful to me: "How can we but agree with Ornela Vorpsi: nothing's obvious anymore. The relentless search for new ideas should probably not be associated with the fine arts, and even photography at this point - like the more traditional media - continues to surprise us with its ideas rather than any technical advances. It is here that we must begin our renewed search for beauty, the one we had lost sight of among the pixels that inundate our daily lives.
Born in Tirana, Albania, in 1968, Ornela Vorpsi studied art at the Brera Academy in Milan before making her home in Paris. Her first monograph Nothing Obvious, published by Scalo, is one of those books which seems destined from its first edition to find a place on contemporary photography's shelf of top hits, in company with Richard Billingham's Ray's a Laugh and Martin Parr's Boring Postcards.
Nothing Obvious is a book of female portraits and self-portraits. In most of the images the women are seen alone and in empty spaces that are between being interior or exterior, memory or substance. The models are not professionals but simply friends of the photographer, friends who are presented as "badges" of personal experience rather than objects for study. There is, in fact, nothing in any way passive about their poses: the girls are the protagonists of their own spaces, and in spite of their being nude, we are unable to observe them with a seductive eye. Although the images are not without a certain sensuality, they provoke more than anything thoughts of one's own past experiences, as is the case with Francesca Woodman's work as well."