I am the Boy that can Enjoy Invisibility

19 June 2023

Matteo is centred in the bluff’s plush turf overlooking the sea’s spindrift - or at least he appears to be within the lens' focal bluff. Blanched cotton cloth reads 'I am the boy that can enjoy invisibility', a reference to the phantasmal echo in Ulysses 'Telemachus' as protagonist Stephen mulls over musk-scented memories of his mother who he considers “folded away in the memory of nature.” Like Stephen, Matteo wanders the water’s welling enormity. Self-perspective shifts when standing in the Herculean strength of unceasing silver seas.

There exists vivid life beneath the silvery spin, an infinite reality to which we are but a sliver. The sea’s swallow and the pillowing pasture’s suffocation looms on the horizon. Are we nothing but fish in a swathing net? Dressed in layers upon layers of netted tights, spun in circle sweaters and pants, and draped in billowing cloth, Matteo is cloaked. Are his hands’ grip on the ship’s ropes merely an illusion of control? He screams out. It’s drowned to less than a whisper, a sound no more real than the invisibility echo. Like sound, our own existence might depend on what’s around us. His surroundings are ineffable, and in them he can make himself imperceptible. He too might lie tangled in nature’s netted folds. The tempting flood sings out.

He refuses to be reduced to the sea's voice. He strips away all that entangles him. He rests his body against the earth’s sage blanketed breast, breathing with it. He swings from the ship’s poles as its cerulean paint chips onto his palms. His handprints anchor him here, despite their fading. The soles of his feet slip on cool rocks, rolling with the waves. The lens is the centre in which he is captured. Looking into the lens, he sees a boy that can enjoy invisibility.

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above left: Matteo wears cardigan by Wansie Tokyo, skirt by 8 BY Yoox, shoes by Adieu and hat and tights stylist's own
above right: Matteo wears cardigan and t-shirt by Celine, long sleeve top by 8 BY Yoox, skirt by Margaret Howell, trousers by Adidas and shoes by Rombaut

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above left: outfit as before
above right: Matteo wears shirt by Isa Boulder and vest and shorts by Margaret Howell

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above left: outfit as before
above right: Matteo wears t-shirt by Prototypes, netted top by Riz Poli, jacket and trousers by 8 BY Yoox, cap stylist's own by Gucci and trainers by Rombaut

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above left: outfit as before
above right: Matteo wears full look by Celine with shoes by Untitlab

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above left: Matteo wears oversized hoodie by 8 IGB, trousers by Isa Boulder, gloves stylist's own and shoes by Adieu
above right: Matteo wears shirt by Margaret Howell, tie and coat stylist's own, shorts by Celine and hat model's own

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above left: Matteo wears shirt by Margaret Howell, tie and coat stylist's own, shorts by Celine, boots by Rombaut and hat model's own
above right: outfit as before

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