Chiara Borgaro’s black and white shots

Chiara Borgaro’s black and white shots

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Photography

Don’t try to look for hidden explanations, looking at Chiara Borgaro‘s photographs there is only one thing to do: let yourself go.

Chiara Borgaro is an Italian photographer who now lives and works in Turin. Scrolling through her shots we can see two recurring elements on which her artistic research is based: the use of black and white and the link between man and nature. We find ourselves in front of photographs in which the silhouettes of young women blend with the rocks, the trees, the earth, the sky and our imagination.

Some of Chiara Borgaro’s shots will be exhibited for Ph.ocus – About Photography in the “Please, Take Care” section and for the occasion, we didn’t let them tell us anything more about her work and her style. Don’t miss our interview below!

What’s the first memory you have of photography? 

Maybe the image of my grandmother who occasionally asked me to follow her in the tavern at home, where she still keeps a large amount of old photographs in a drawer. She used to tell me that she wasn’t interested in photography at all, but when she found all those memories running through her fingers it was as if she forgot how little she cared about it. She tried to remember who was portrayed in those pictures, it wasn’t always easy to find them. Some of them were family members who had emigrated to Argentina, others were old school mates, then there were the family photos, of when she and her grandfather were young. For each one of them, the story began to be told and I knew that it was only our own moment.

Often your shots are in black and white. What makes you choose this technique and what aspects of it do you appreciate the most? 

One day a song was born as a joke that a friend of mine wrote about me and in one verse he quotes a black and white world, calling it a bit nostalgic. Well, the choice perhaps ties in well with this feeling that characterizes me and keeps me always tied in a rather romantic way to the past.

Photographing in black and white allows me to give reality another dimension, to leave room for the imagination and it is precisely the images that are generated in my mind, often surreal, that I am interested in reproducing. I don’t want to recreate reality, that’s why I don’t need colors. The viewer can certainly intuit them and they may not necessarily correspond to the real ones, which is why it is an exercise in imagination for the observer too.

Many times your photographs develop around a human figure. What do you want to convey and tell through the bodies you photograph? 

Exactly, they are bodies that become part of the landscape, of the context they are surrounded by. Often it is as if they are somehow deprived of their proper human dimension. They become like a tree, a stone or any other natural element.

My photography is not intended to convey messages, but rather seeks to extend to the viewer the possibility of finding meaning. Many times they are intimate images, which generate from a personal (perhaps selfish?) need for expression, and not even I am able to fully attribute their meaning.

Perhaps this is exactly how one leaves room for imagination, widening, rather than narrowing, the possibilities of interpretation.

Part of your project realized about Porta Palazzo will be exhibited at Paratissima. Tell us and tell us how it was born. 

After spending months in the Irpinia countryside to which I owe a lot, I moved to live in the city, in Turin. I found a flat that immediately gave me the feeling of being on a border. On the one hand, the life ordered and arranged according to certain canons of the city center, on the other, behind the palace, the chaotic and characteristic life of the neighborhoods that open beyond Porta Palazzo. In the marketplace, people who lead very different lives meet and share the same space. It is a privileged observation point on humanity, but you have to go inside to tell it, which is why the whole project is entitled “La vie ici”. It is life here, mine and the lives of those who share a reality that rises and falls every day with the market. Specifically, the photographs on display at Paratissima depict moments when nothing makes more noise and silence dominates the square, but I cannot explain the images.

Is there a shot to which you are particularly attached? Tell us about it. 

There are more shots that I am very fond of. It is not easy to choose. I certainly have a significant bond with a black and white photograph of a tree, positioned on the right side of the image, whose trunk bends towards the opposite side of the shot. Little space is left to the ground in which it sinks its roots, while ample space is left to a sky of dense clouds that create with their whiteness a strong contrast with the other elements. For the more attentive, a thread of stars can be glimpsed descending from the foliage towards the ground. Two years after that shot another one followed, the subject was the same, but next to the tree this time there were two bodies, bare, in the act of an embrace. It became for me a symbol of a phase of my life, which like a circle closed at the very point where it had begun.

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Nicolas Miller, a neo-noir photographer

Nicolas Miller, a neo-noir photographer

Collater.al Contributors · 4 days ago · Photography

Imagine New York on a winter’s night: thick fog, heavy rain, neon lights reflecting off the wet asphalt, it’s cold, there’s hardly anyone around and it’s like living inside a movie. It’s spectacular, but it’s not just cinema.
Nicolas Miller, a French photographer based in New York, lives the city by night and transports everyone to the dreamy and threatening atmospheres of one of the most evocative metropolises in the world.

The ingredients of his photographs are few but essential: an urban landscape, darkness, threatening weather and half-deserted streets. Nothing else is needed to describe the dark life of the city.

With his photographs, Nicolas Miller succeeds in narrating the different dimensions of New York, analysing its spaces, looking through the illuminated glimpses of skyscrapers and reporting the mysterious stories of those who, like him, walk late at night in solitude.

His shots respect a uniform and coherent visual narrative, they are dramatic images with few bright colors, many contrasts and soft lighting. His dark environments seem to be inspired by the great neo-noir classics of cinema, each shot seeming to be captured from a film scene.

– Read also: The night photographs by Michael McCluskey

Nicolas Miller works in the mist, telling the dark side of New York and setting up mysterious and enigmatic stories.
See a selection of his shots here and follow him on Instagram.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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The extravagant portraits by Alexandra Savina

The extravagant portraits by Alexandra Savina

Giulia Guido · 4 days ago · Photography

At only 22 years old Alexandra Savina has already developed a unique and personal style. The young photographer and creative from Moscow, in fact, has managed to represent with images her strong passion for people. 

Through her shots, very often portraits, Alexandra Savina tells what is hidden behind the faces, or the emotions, the different personalities, breaking down preconceptions and appearances. 

But how does she manage to do it? With the use of color, always full and intense, through unusual and unconventional poses and, last but not least, a touch of extravagance that in addition to never lacking is just that little something extra that will make you want to continue to browse her shots. 

“Photography is my voice, my language, my way of saying “the world is beautiful, people are beautiful, creativity rises within us and it’s essential.” 

This approach to the human figure and its essence has led her to collaborate with several companies including Nike, adidas and StreetBeat, but also to shoot public figures, playing with them and with the camera. 

– Read also: Intense portraits by photographer David Van Dartel

Below you can find a selection of her shots, but to find out more follow Alexandra Savina on Instagram

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Freedom and femininity in the shots by Caroline Dare

Freedom and femininity in the shots by Caroline Dare

Giulia Guido · 3 days ago · Art, Photography

Born in 1994, Caroline Dare is a young American artist and photographer who now lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Her passion for photography was born when she was still a child and by pure chance, she took some pictures of one of her sisters. 
From that moment on, her love for the lens has never abandoned her. 

Caroline Dare doesn’t set limits for herself: in addition to photographing herself and boys and girls in their intimacy, in stolen moments and on the move, she often shoots her surroundings, whether it’s the landscape seen from the window or a simple object. Anything can prove to be the ideal subject for the perfect shot. 

The style of her shots involves a digital imitation of film grain, which matches the colors and hues of the shots ranging from yellow to blue, to red. Caroline’s are spontaneous photographs that speak to us of freedom, of the body and mind, and of femininity. 

Discover below a selection of her shots and follow Caroline Dare on Instagram not to miss all her work. 

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The Climate Crisis Font, the font against climate change

The Climate Crisis Font, the font against climate change

Collater.al Contributors · 2 days ago · Art

The effects of climate change are slowly destroying our planet: glaciers are melting at record speed, ocean temperatures are rising uncontrollably, sea levels are rising inexorably and extreme weather events are continuing unabated. The only way to get this situation under control is to act quickly, but getting the institutions to speak out seems to be very difficult. So what can be done?
The advertising agency TBWA\Helsinki and Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s most famous newspaper, have recently launched a new and original project in the hope of attracting the attention of those in power. It is called The Climate Crisis Font and is, to all intents and purposes, a font against climate change.

The Climate Crisis Font was created to illustrate climate change and its effects on the planet in a simple and accessible way. It is not a font with a linear and defined shape, but it has a variable structure that can be modified and transformed at will. Its mutability is not accidental, but is based on data collected over the years by the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the US information centre supporting worldwide polar and cryospheric research.

This font follows the transformation of the state of the glaciers over the years, from 1979 to 2020. In addition to showing a dangerous and out-of-control phenomenon, it predicts melting until 2050 and the imminent end of the northern ice cap.

The Climate Crisis Font can be downloaded for free on the official Helsingin Sanomat page, visit the site and watch the project video below.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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