Italian artist and photographer Fabrizio Amoroso takes us inside his world of virtual Hawaiian travel, after soliciting thousands of vacation slides from strangers decades in the past.

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“I’ve never been to Honolulu” is about what it means to photograph reality and what reality means at the same time from a photographic point of view.

I’ve never been to Honolulu but I’ve always dreamed about it, so the only way that I had at the time to satisfy my curiosity about Hawaii was to start buying slides on the internet to find something unexpected and that I could call real. After collecting around 3500 slides from different individuals, I discovered that somehow I had recreated and recollected my own pseudo reality about Hawaii.

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At that point I realized that I could just edit and reframe inside the images as I would have done with my camera if I had been there- to finally give my point of view about that experience.

The result is a reportage of Hawaii of the 80s, of a cruise of people that have physically been there but at the same time have never really been to Honolulu- confined by that Western comfort that doesn’t really allow for a full experience.

Neither me, nor the crew of the cruise have ever really been to Hawaii but at the same time we have both been there from a photographic point of view.

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So, in the end does photography really help us to understand and define what is reality?

See full slideshow above.