By Aldo Benítez
If you´ve ever been to Niceto´s entrance you must know him, he´s almost two meters tall, asking you for your ticket and welcoming you to the club. While anyone could confuse him with a "security guy" he denies the label and in conversation with WUBA tells us: "before they called us doormen, now that title itself is more an attribute for those who work as security. I came to be more of a receptionist, the one who tries to welcome people and communicate Niceto´s philosophy, trying to keep everything as smooth, peaceful and orderly as possible".
Superficially and in a contextual way Gulliver may seem like a tough guy
, however he tells us that some time ago he found "his religion" in swimming
, an element of balance and feeling well.
But what most represents Gulliver is his creative side, and his passion is photography.
Just take a look at his flickr
to see that he is very prolific and above all very visited with over 6000 views of his 200 photos
, a lot of them taken in his workplace.
"At Niceto´s door there’s constant interaction with all kinds of people and situations are not always friendly
, one of my responsibilities is to place limits on certain situations and it something that almost nobody likes
, it is difficult to make a transition from receiving a hug from a person I known to having to clash with another" says Gulli of his workplace.
But he finishes telling us: "the good thing is that I receive a lot of love. People give me CDs, sweets, t-shirts, kisses and more than once right there I take some of the best pictures I have in my stream, it’s a very crazy place"
When we see his photos we realize that are a diary in pictures, not in the chronological aspect but as a record of impressions that Gulliver invites us to perceive through his camera.
A record of life, a wandering camera with the photographer eventually snapping his daily work situation, intimate moments or in the street.
I must say that all of the photos have a high degree of plasticity
, Gulli is very rigorous in the selection and a obsessive in retouching
, in fact he took a photo of me at a Zizek party but it is no longer in his flickr, instead there´s another new photo, retouched and beautiful.
I´m going to ask him permission to put it on my MySpace
Regarding his photos and his work in Niceto Gulli says
: "flickr is another universe, more quiet, more fluid
. For me both are the intellectual and emotional places and times to develop a necessary intensity. But maybe one thing and the other - my work in Niceto and flickr - are the right combination for this stage of my life. They allow me to stimulate my creative side and also the desire to share something, though I don´t know what it is, but it seems to be of some interest to others, good and I like it a lot".
If you want to see more Gulliver photos you can go to ThisIsNotAGallery
(Cabrera 5849, Palermo) in July where he is showing a video 24 hours a day throughout the month.