WHEN PHOTOGRAPHY MEETS ARTS

Taking a picture, it’s as if you are painting a picture, but in one second.

The reflection on the nature of art in general and of the different artistic expressions in particular has been a constant since ancient times which crosses the philosophical, political, religious and even economic thought of the Occident.


Up to our days, in fact, the general conditions of existence were analyzed, either in the ancient poetics, or in the various modern aesthetics. But the problem of the relationship between the arts was confined in a corner, if not left out. Not that it wasn't taken into consideration, but it had more to do with actual artistic practice - think of the millennial dispute around the Horatian ut pictura poesis.


Horace's formula takes up an aphorism from Simonide brought back by Plutarch, for whom painting is a silent poetry, poetry is a speaking painting. Centuries later Lessing with his Laokoon criticizes the possibility that poetry and figurative arts can refer to common principles: according to Lessing poetry is the art of the time, while plastic arts are the arts of simultaneity. The first therefore deals with actions, the other with bodies.


What about photography, following the idea of Lessing, for me it refers equally to temporary and simultaneous art. It deals at the same time with both actions and bodies. But first of all it deals with the light! The only moment of creativity is one twenty-fifth of a second, when the shutter clicks, the light flickers in the camera and the movement stops.  In this moment painting and poetry melt.

One skill that any self respecting art wedding and family photographer needs to have is the ability to analyze the light in image and environment. It is vital to see and understand light to  capture the balance of colors and tones in the photos. This is a philosophy that I employ for my works during the photo shoots in the most sought-after Italian destinations; using the skills that I learned from figurative art and literature, I learnt the perfect way of capturing the essence of the lighting to convey a particular mood and emotions.

Just as an artist has a palette to work from, I have the light and shadows. I see marvel in everything around me, with particular inspiration being drawn from nature, art, and beauty of immense historic villas and big cities that Italy can offer. I have always had a dream of flying over the world to discover everything faster; to breath life and freedom, and to incorporate these ideals into my work.

SFUMATO
IN
PHOTO

SFUMATO IN PHOTO

In the painting of Renaissance sfumato effect had been achieved by the softening of the outlines of figures and objects by recreating the surrounding light and air. The founder of this method was Leonardo da Vinci. This fuzzy technique requires from the painter a lot of time and patience because the effect is achieved by the overlay of many tiny strokes, enabling to render the subtle passages of tones, make the contours soft and blurred and create a lively interplay of lights and shadows.

 

Using this technique, photographer doesn`t aim to accurately convey the specific feature of the surrounding reality, but to force the viewer to rethink what he sees. This approach allows us to discover and convey to the audience the most important – the atmosphere and the mood. It should be noted, however, that such transmission of reality does not quite match the canons of the modern digital photography, in which in the first place are the sharpness and clarity of an image (sometimes excessive). Thus, the main feature of the photos in the technique of sfumato is contours softening and colour passages, color and light perspective: objects located in the foreground have warmer tones than the objects in the image depth, the background is always colder, brighter and more blurred.

 

It is possible to achieve such pattern of lights and shadows by directing the light source in the white ceiling, so that the diffused light falls on the subject. You may also use a soft-focus optics or special filters, which, by the way, can be easily made by yourself)) Outdoors a similar effect can be easily achieved on a cloudy and foggy weather.

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FOREST
NYMPH

 

We wanted for a long time to make something in the spirit of celtic legends - very elegant, combining both femininity and strength.
 

The reason for our  creative shooting was a desire to create the image of a magic forest nymph. This image combines two trend styles: «rustic» and «boho». These styles reflect its essence - simplicity, naturalness, but at the same time mystery. 
 

Forest Nymph, airy and fragile, even ephemeral, but with a strong character and deep penetrating gaze. We wanted the image to be in harmony with the ancient pines, rocks covered with moss, or the wild coast of the sea, with mysterious and beautiful world, far out from the city noise.
 

All the magic, mystery and charm of the forest intertwine in this shooting with a captivating image of the Nymph. The interplay of lights and shadows, wind confusing curls and winnowing the finest cloth of the dress –   all this create a harmony of beauty and strength – all you need for a deep frame!
 

Or warm, like a candle flame, mysterious, like a cloud of fog, and light as a breath of wind shooting. A delicate and airy image of misty nymphs fascinates and attracts the eye. Today we offer you to plunge into a fairy tale!
The idea to create something very warm, like a candle flame, mysterious, like a cloud of mist and light as a breeze! Dress in pastel colors is the basis of the shooting, and at the same time, its main focus. It will become thus the fog that envelops the delicate and fragile girl.
 

All the colours of the scene are as close to each other to be able to create only a slight feeling of being something special, fabulous. A warm glow of candles or of the sun peeping through the branches helps to identify subtle shadow figure, dissolved in a daylight haze.

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FOREST
NYMPH

PIN UP SHOOTING

 

The spring is already over here, summer is coming, and we desire bright colours, new emotions and photo shootings.

Looking through the old postcards with the girls images in Pin Up style, we got the idea of ​​a new photo shoot, which our model happily supported. We did not set ourselves the task of absolutely copying this style, but rather took it for a starting point. It was important to convey the nature of the model, respecting the style.

The pin-up heroine is a naive seductress, the embodiment of tenderness, sensuality and mystery. In our photo shooting, we decided to leave the standard idea of ​​pin-up with bright makeup and scarlet, enticing lips and create a more restrained and calm image, because pin-up is not necessarily explicit sexuality and nudity. First of all, it is a bright image, the main component of which is a flirtatious mood.

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PIN UP PHOTOSHOOT

PRE-RAFAELITISM IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Preraphaelitism is the phenomenon of English poetry and painting of the second half of the 19th century, opposed to the Victorian Era conventions, to the academic traditions and blind imitation of classical models. At the time, when in the visual arts genre pictures dominated the portrait and paysage, and historical and religious genres had been almost forgotten by British art, Pre-Raphaelites were getting their inspiration in creations of Florentine painters of the early Renaissance: Perugino, Fra Angelico, Giovanni Bellini, as well as in the Middle Ages, praising its romanticism and mysticism.

 

And while the majority of artists felt the lack of an amazing accuracy of photographs, the Pre-Raphaelites, aspiring to the scrupulous detail’s transmission in painting, admired precisely this aspect of photography.

 

Referring to the methods of pre-Raphaelites in photography it is important to pay attention to the details of the story and the character. Landscape photographs are characterized by the high held horizon line, the absence of such romantic methods as mist and fog, the desire to emphasize the reality of the landscape, and the photos are extremely accurate and detailed at the time, as in portraits; on the contrary, the optical pattern extenuation by giving up fine focus is welcome. It is also important that a woman's beauty is fed through the aura of mystery, of detachment, of occultness. Pictures are characterized by the emphatic attention to the sentimental and romantic moments.

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PRE-RAFAELITISM IN PHOTOGRAPHY
CARAVAGISM
IN
PHOTOGRAPHY

Caravaggism is a style of European painting of the baroque era, which is characterized by monumentalization of the everyday life through the interplay of lights and shadows. The founders of the style are Caravaggio and his followers. The interest to the accurate transmission of the nature features and emphasized realism are also inherent to this style.

Much attention is paid to the volume, namely to the pattern of lights and shadows in the picture, to the contrast lighting of figures in the foreground. The paintings are mainly dark, with usually a directional light that allows to produce a more dramatic effect.

 

To create this effect in photography, a hard light, that allows to make a contrast dramatic pattern and well-traced shadows, is mainly used. It is also possible to use one light source directed diagonally at an angle of 45 or 90 degrees, and this gives the opportunity to highlight the most important elements to emphasize the volume and shape of the subject or model. Stage light directed from below will enhance the dramatic effect.

However, this style is flexible enough and does not have a clear framework that allows you to connect a variety of devices and provides great opportunities for creativity.

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CARAVAGISM
IN
PHOTOGRAPHY

SPRING OF SANDRO BOTTICELLI

This time, we get inspiration from the classic piece of art. How much beauty awaits us in the pictures, and how wonderful it is when they come to life in reality!

 

We decided to try out the lofty matters of art! What if we allow ourselves to be more courageous? Submit a photo shooting as a canvas, and re-create a masterpiece! Whether it's painting, sculpture, or music. We decided to materialize the “Spring” of  Sandro Botticelli!

 

Our goal was a creative rethinking of Sandro Botticelli's masterpiece, the "Spring". The picture is so full of a variety of colors, textures and interesting details that the inspiration had plunged us headlong into the new project. And Rome is suitable like no other city for this experience!

In these photos the essence of feminine beauty lies in its tranquility and harmony with the outward things.

 

In the painting the Graces hair gathered into strands, then finely curly, then flowing like a wave, then spilled over the shoulders like a golden stream. Therefore, as a hairstyle we selected loose hair and make-up was natural and radiant. The light tournures and twists of our heroine`s figure, graceful union of hands and gentle touches: all that transmit the flowing rhythm of the Graces dance in the painting. We tried to create a feminine, sophisticated and emotional image, full of a sense of light and tenderness.

 

The painting "Spring" by Botticelli conveys a sense of freshness, fertility, love, spring, joy, youth. The meadow is covered with flowers, the trees seem to merge into a harmonious unity of man and nature. Venus, the central figure of the composition, is in an enchanted space of a spring forest. The trees, declining their branches, form an arch that surrounds the goddess. Images of Graces and the goddess Venus inspired our search for locations, floral décor and light, thin, translucent dresses.

 

Morning in the enchanted garden, Grace in the air dress, as if it is made out of the finest cobweb of the morning fog and decorated with a weightless lace, light atmosphere of mystery and magic. It is more than just a stylized shooting, it is art!

 

The image of our heroine reflects the fragility and grace, hiding incredible inner power!

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SPRING OF SANDRO BOTTICELLI

BRIGHT SUMMER INSPIRATION

Long warm days, variety of flowers and colours - this is the mood we wanted to convey in our shooting "Bright Summer Inspitation". We all really love this time of year. For us, summer is bright colours, ripe and delicious fruits, lemonades, fun and love. Summer is associated with something bright, goluptious and sunny. A colourful palette, ripe fruits and lush flowers embody the summer triumph of life and the flowering of nature.

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BRIGHT SUMMER INSPIRATION