Merry-Go-Round – by Renato Grome

In today’s photographic landscape, the visual language that is popular (especially on social media) is one that is defined by a type of sameness and the mundane.  When we came across Renato Grome’s works, it was truly a breath of fresh air that stands tall among other artists, and for very good reasons.

Renato is a British photographic artist who was born in Rome, and also spends some of his time in Stockholm.  Growing up, he was heavily influenced by artists, musicians and film makers and discovered the magic of photography at a very young age of 11.  Unlike many artists who exclusively choose to work with analogue or digital photography, Renato employs various photographic techniques appropriate to the project, and even creates custom-made lenses to realize his creative visions.

His career as an artist is especially interesting.  He was trained initially as a fine art restorer in Rome, and had worked on masterpieces by Caravaggio and Raphael, as well as a variety of famous 20th Century Italian artists.  Renato has a long and illustrious journey in the arts, and today, his work can be seen in private galleries and public art institutions in cities such as Bologna, Stockholm, Paris, Rome, and Tokyo.

For all readers of Shrill Cats, we look forward to sharing more of his story with you in a future interview!

In the meantime, we present to you an exclusively curated series by Renato, lovingly selected by Shrill Cats.  Beauty amidst chaos, and the warmth of a sunset in a world of decay.



Joy in decay in the heart of the Eternal city, a metaphor of the circle of life.

Merry-go-round mummified in central Rome, shot through its rotting plastic covering, series from digital files.

Rome, 2016



Photographer: Renato Grome

Location: Rome, Italy

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