Thomas Shillea - Angeli di Caduta


“Falling Angels”

 

The title of this series of ‘cameraless photographs” is taken from a book about the art and architecture of Venice by John Berendt titled “The City of Falling Angels”.  Quote from the book…”After a part of a marble angel fell from the parapet of the ornate but sadly dilapidated Santa Maria della Salute Church, Arrigo Cipriani, the owner of Harry’s Bar, posted a sign outside the church warning, “Beware of Falling Angels”, in Italian fate attenzione di caduta degli Angeli. My portraits are of falling angels, or in a more modern context, femme fatales - mysterious and seductive women whose charms ensnare their lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous and deadly situations. Reversing the colors and contrasts in the portraits imparts a more sinister tone.