Mattia Dagani Rio – METAMORPHOSIS
by Mattia Dagani Rio
METAMORPHOSIS is a photobook that delves into the complex tapestry of bodybuilding, examining its inherent interplay with torture, hedonism and eroticism. Bodybuilders subject themselves to gruelling training regimens, pushing their bodies to the absolute limits in the pursuit of self-expression. Using a combination of CGI with traditional methods of photography, this project explores moments of agony, highlighting the struggle and dedication required to reshape the body into an extraordinary form. However, it also shows how this practice is a deeply personal journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance which consists of introspective moments, vulnerability and a profound intimacy with themselves, where viewers witness a process of transformation that extends far beyond the physical body.