[project ] : 陈式太极拳

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.

[from: https://medium.com/tai-chi-school/a-beginners-guide-to-silk-reeling-3e4e42ddbadf%5D

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

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[Venice]: Classic postcards, 2018

2018-19

 

2018-18

 

2018-15

 

2018-20

These are all scans from 4×5″ film (Fomapan, FP4+, Delta 100). These negatives are ready to print on silver gelatin paper, as it has to be, in my darkroom.

I love wandering in this city following only my karma. Something always happens. I’m not a picture hunter, not anymore, really. Thanks to the large format camera, time is flowing in a natural way and I am able to synchronize with it in a natural way. I capture the spirit of the moment and then wait for an uncountable time to watch at the photos. And finally I love to print them when emotions are passed away. I have to make some distance in time from the moment I took the photos until I’m able to print them.

 

[Prendersi cura di]: una breve storia di 15 anni (2001-2017)

C’erano tre grandi abeti rossi
dietro casa nostra.

Sembrava di essere in montagna
quando lo sguardo si soffermava fuori
dalla finestra della cucina.

Poi improvvisamente, tutto cambiò.

Molta luce si riversava ora nella stanza.

Non per molto ancora.

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