RAW AND RARE

A photonovel by Andrea D’Auria



Reality?

The ones who think they know it are deluded. The closer you get, the most arrogant assumptions fade away.
The doubts rise and the questions you are asking yourself are the only answers you will find.

Does it make sense to take yourself seriously? Does it make sense to take life seriously?

Or doesn’t it make more sense to play it like a stupid but meaningful childish game? Everyone is just playing their own game.

Reality is overrated. Reality is colorblind. Reality is obnoxious.

There is not just one reality but as many as we are.
We all act on our own fictions of reality.

Fictions of power, seduction, money, fame,
knowledge, creativity and rebellion.

When the game is over, probably only the ones who understood that it was simply a game with no winners or losers will be happy. 
Happy to have played by their own rules.





Raw and Rare chart the time that L.A.D. spent in Berlin which he has compiled into a narrative that illustrates his journey as a photographer indulging in the excess and  the subsequent repercussions of a self-indulgent lifestyle.
After a short period of isolation, the photographer finds solace in his craft and uses his camera as a catalyst to reintegrate into social life and, subsequently, resulting in some fame and recognition for him and his art.
Again though, the photographer becomes involved in a world of decadence and overindulgence, though seemingly making a sincere connection that offers the novel a romance element.
This does not turn out to be the case though, a relationship ending coincides with a recognition that one inauthenticity has been replaced by another and that the photographer covets, not success, but enlightenment.
With this in mind, he reconciles himself to himself as an artist creating art for the sake of art and this revelation is the promise of self-affirmation, metaphysical interconnectivity between form and function, content and creation that transforms the world into a sequence of images and a manifesto for his art.





Along the lines of this basic plot, the story is segmented into five chapters



Going Nowhere
Fool Moon
Love at the time of Chlamydia
Circuit Breaker
The Raw and Rare






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