Plastic flowers, 2018
Plastic flowers, 2018
San Giovanni Battista, Venezia
Intrepid camera 4×5, Ilford Delta 100, Ilford ID11, Fujinon 210 f5.6
Looking at the installation “Il giardino dei giusti” in Padua by night, when the only source lights are those from the Moon and some ground spots, is a fashinating experience. At midnight the place is desert, just faint rumours as background and the crickets sound that create a sincopate rhythm. There isn’t a uniform visual pattern that create a simple panorama, but instead it’s all so segmented, a conglomerate of spot views that overlay each other creating a whole multidimensional picture. Maybe reflecting the meaning of the subject: lifes of normal people that in some instances are acting like heroes. All so normal and all so complex in the same time.
Ilford Delta 100 4×5″ – Intrepid 4×5″ camera – Dev in Ilford ID11. Negative scan.
Anni fa (2013) fotografai questo complesso monumentale per studiarlo. Le foto vennero scattate con la luce del sole. In digitale e con vari obiettivi.
Adesso sono tornato con il grande formato e di notte. Con un medio grandangolo ho colto due punti di vista particolari, per me significativi. Per pellicola ho scelto la Ilford Delta 100 per la sua curva caratteristica e per i suoi bassi tempi di compensazione per la mancata reciprocità dovuta ai tempi lunghi necessari.
I tempi di posa sono di 3′ (2+1 di compensazione) esposto in zona V per le luci principali sul monolito di metallo. Trattato poi in N+1 con lo sviluppo ID11 1+1.
Le foto che vedete sono scansionate direttamente dai negativi senza correzione alcuna.
Purtroppo la stendarda davanti non era posizionata perfettamente in verticale e così c’è un certo grado di fuori fuoco sulla parte in alto verticale dei monoliti in primo piano. Una scusa per tornarci a breve 🙂
Intrepid 4×5, Fujinon 125 f5.6, Ilford Delta 100, Ilford ID11
Those are just 2 photos to explore my idea of Tai chi chuan.
With the collaboration of my instructor, I’m trying to convey in photography the spirit of this martial art. On of the aspect of this internal style is the use of the spiral movements. Silk reeling.
Simply put, its about learning how to move your body in a coordinated and efficient way in-accordance to the principles of Chen Tai Chi Chuan.
The body has to move as one unit, with the torso and limbs twisting, twining, spiralling and rotating. The hips control the legs, the chest controls the arms, and the centre (“dantien” in Chinese) controls the hips and chest. The dantien is quite simply the centre of the body, and consists of the abdominal muscles attaching to the hips and lower spine.
The end goal is for all movement to originate from your dantien. However, this is something that will take time to achieve with consistent practice and layered guidance from a teacher who really knows what they are doing!
All the photos that you can view about this martial art (and even for the others!) are static poses. Maybe to gain the interest of the viewer showing those “exotic” poses.
My approach is completely different. Photography, for me, is a tool to communicate and explore aspects of life. And Tai chi chuan is not a series of static forms or positionss. One is always in movement, shifting continously between the ying and the yang forces.
Stay tuned for further works.
Intrepid 4×5″, fp4, Id11, film scan + Lr
All photos are scanned by film negative 4″x5″.
film Ilford Delta 100, dev Ilford ID11
Today I want to play with two bags of paper and a single flash. All photos are taken handheld with a digital camera and converted in b&w by Lightroom.
The idea behind this session is to create a start point from which proceed to play with paper stuff. Ain’t got no macro lens so I’ve to crop the single image to visualize the final result.
Next step is to soften the images with the aid of vaseline on filter. A lot of patterns are possible. My vision ( actually is just in an embrional state) is to take the photo already completed by a formal point of view and processed as required during the printing stage.
Eventually the photos are taken by film camera and printed in darkroom.
That’s all for today. A lot of fun! 🙂
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Documenting adventures through photography, because sometimes words won't do
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