Dawid Imach, a Polish photographer based in Leeds, creates elegant and natural nude art projects. In his shots, he captures the fascination of women, their bodies and forms and puts the beauty and harmony of the models at the center of the story.
Indeed, his photographic portraits, in color or black and white, integrate subjects, lighting and scenery in a balanced way and skillfully mix spontaneity and construction.
Dawid Imach creates personal projects and commercial campaigns for the beauty and fashion industry. Like other photographers in his field, he shares some of his work on Patreon, a collective funding platform that allows artists to fight censorship and web restrictions.
There are no stereotypes, no canons of beauty to follow, no right or wrong size, freedom dominates in Valeria Sigal‘s photographs.
Born in 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Valeria Sigal worked in a bank and studied philosophy before devoting herself entirely to photography. It was after the birth of her daughter in 2011 that she decided to devote herself full-time to her passion, earning a degree in photography in 2017. Today, Valeria works and collaborates with various companies and businesses, managing to carry out numerous personal projects. It is the latter that have captured our attention.
The protagonist of her shots is the human body: the models who allow themselves to be photographed by Valeria Sigal shed their clothes and, with them, all the preconceptions inherent in our society. In a world where, despite a few exceptions, the canons of beauty are still rigid and exclusive, the protagonists of her photos become the symbol of a new beauty, inclusive and unique.
We cannot help but notice how the construction of the image, in which the subject is triumphant in the centre and the body is enhanced by a play of chiaroscuro, transforms each person into a work of art. The poses and candid skin of the models remind us of the marble of neoclassical statues, but the ideal of beauty has (thankfully) changed.
We have selected just a few of her photographs, but to find out more about Valeria Sigal’s work, follow her on Instagram and visit her website.
What would it be like to photograph a dream? In dreams there is always a precise atmosphere, something that captures our attention but is often never revealed, elements that we recognise as belonging to reality but which suddenly become absurd. In her shots, photographer Maria Maglionico captures this essence.
Originally from southern Italy, Maria does not photograph to document anything in particular, but uses photography as a true artistic medium to express emotions, feelings and sensations that are difficult to describe verbally.
If we take a look at her artistic production, we notice how images with cold tones, tending towards blue, intertwine with warmer and more intimate images with neutral colours. Moreover, the person we see in the shots is often Maria herself, hiding her face behind a mirror or simply with her back turned.
Like Alice of the White Rabbit, we too are enchanted by Maria Maglionico’s photographs and as we leaf through them we are plunged into a world poised between dream and reality where there is no longer any difference between what is real and what is surreal.
By now we know that a photograph is much more than a simple image and that, indeed, the most interesting part is precisely that which we do not see and of which we want to know the details. Salvo Giuffrida is well aware of this and it is from this conviction that his “Ritratti Stampati” series was born.
Salvo Giuffrida is Sicilian, from Santa Maria di Licodia to be exact, a town that lies halfway between Etna and the coast, between the mountains and the sea. It is important to stress the role of this place because it has proved to be a fundamental element in his artistic production.
Salvo has been photographing for almost ten years, but it is only in the last two that he has really dedicated himself to photography. The reason for this decision was the meeting with photographer Toni Thorimbert that took place in 2018; it is precisely since then that photography has become his daily routine.
Last November, the “Ritratti Stampati” project was born out of the need to make room for portraits again. So Salvo Giuffrida begins to shoot anyone who is willing to be portrayed, then completing the creation process with the actual printing of the shot – on fine art paper with a 100-year guarantee -, fighting the passage of time.
After more than 50 portraits, Salvo realised he wanted more than a portrait and it was here that the Sicilian landscape came back into focus. He starts taking pictures of his subjects – ordinary people on the shoreline with the sea behind them or surrounded by the rugged nature of Mount Etna – and suddenly the creation of the image takes a back seat. The experience of the people takes on importance, their mood and feelings are amplified by the place that frames them.
Through the portrait, the photographer creates an experience in which man is called upon to let go, to rediscover his primordial side and to rebuild a bond with nature through contact with its elements.
“In the end there is a portrait to hang, which will serve as a reminder of who we were at that particular moment.”