By combining poetic prose and pre-existing photographs, this artist duo expands the possibilities for visualizing our emotions and memories through storytelling. The medium was immediately harnessed as a way to illustrate the words of authors, and readers could now dart their eyes back and forth between a written description and concrete, visual example, manifesting a solid perception of the written word in their minds.
“The work invites you to accept the most vulnerable side of ourselves, acknowledging our flaws and learning how to see beauty in the fragility of life.”
While the text and images have different energies on their own, THIS IS THE ONLY WAY OF LOVE I KNOW brings to light the duality that exists within creative expressions, as well as within the individuals who manifest them.
Aside from this collaboration, the work speaks about a greater existential conundrum: accepting one’s past. Salvati’s words dig into experiences desired to be forgotten, and Mariani’s photographs act as relics of memories and fleeting moments. They invite us to see the evolution that comes from our past actions, re-contextualizing our scars as something more akin to beauty marks.