The work of Roberto Guidotti, a self taught artist, captures more than a figure in still frame traditional portraiture, rather a whole and real character with a past and a future. His frames capture the struggles and triumphs of his subjects. This holistic approach at first appears simple and direct, and one could say it is, but the depth achieved is immeasurable. Because Roberto’s subjects are photographed in their own environment and not a sterile space more can be read into their lives, their histories, and their souls. From the surroundings as from the figure we construct a narrative, and as a book with each reading Roberto’s photographs change with each viewing. The superb composition and treatment of the figure and the ground allow us to construct, to piece together not a thousand words, but a thousand stories from a single frame.