Cinematography – Normal People

Cinematography – Normal People

Giordana Bonanno · 4 months ago · Photography

If we think about our past, are we able to scan our lives through a plot? I personally find it a bit difficult, what I remember vividly is always accompanied by a feeling, by an emotional state that, beautiful or bad, has enclosed a set of days or moments. Yet we idealize the design of a life in time bands with childhood, adolescence, “middle” adulthood, “advanced” adulthood, etc.. But do we really need to divide the years in this way or are we just trying to justify the ages through this idea? Normal People, the TV series directed by Lenny Abrahamson, made me think about a few things and realize that maybe there’s nothing normal about people, or maybe it’s all too normal.

Released during the summer of 2020, the series is based on the second novel by Irish author Sally Rooney and tells the story of Marianne and Connell, two young people who attend the same high school. His mother works as a housekeeper in the Sheridan’s big house. Connell is a popular athlete and the bright student everyone looks up to. Marianne is “uncool,” grumpy and rebellious despite an impeccable high school career. From this premise, it’s as if we can already have a clear picture of the two guys’ plans, know their lives and even imagine the end. But while all this might be true, the only thing we’ll need to know is that the plot is a secondary source. The story, theirs, is not driven by the events that sanction the beginning and happy ending of something, but by the emotional peaks of the two characters who learn about themselves in the difficulties and moments of discouragement. 

And if the dialogues help us to understand them better, their gestures will be the culmination in which all thoughts will converge; it will seem to us to have lived those sensations and we will almost want to try them again. 

The physical touch allows Marianne and Connell to show emotional vulnerability that is otherwise given to them with incredible difficulty. Ita O’Brien, who helped coordinate these scenes, is the author of a set of guidelines on how to ethically stage erotic scenes; she was the one who helped film another sex-positive modern series, “Sex Education.” Director Abrahamson and coordinator O’Brian wanted the sex in the show to feel open, normal and natural, and somewhat equal to any dialogue-this approach almost literally quotes the way Rooney herself handles the subject matter in the book. And director of photography Susie Lovell says that the main reference on set in terms of nudity and color solutions was a candid series of photographs by Nan Goldin

Speaking of which, it’s worth noting how the visual solutions rhyme with a detached style of storytelling: blue tones even on hot summer days, delicate macro photography and a tactile approach to the set design, heavy curtains, velvet or velvet pleasant to the touch, woolen sweaters, textured bedding, peeling on the ceiling wet locks adhered to the forehead. Where the show lacks depth, it makes up for it with an enveloping atmosphere. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the episodes last only half an hour – for a story where formally little happens, the experience is very intense. 

Simple but visually striking scenes reminiscent of the work of photographer Julien Lallouette. Born in 1991, Julien is a French art director and photographer, born in Le Havre, and based in London. In addition to commercial work, Julien does personal projects where she focuses on one person at a time. His delicacy lies in leaving space for the subject, to tell someone’s story through the habits and gestures trapped in the photos. Visiting her site you can find different series of shots, each dedicated to a different person and titled with the name of the protagonist. Friends, acquaintances, but also models are portrayed in domestic and intimate environments where they have the freedom to show themselves as they really are.

The question most remains this: are we all perfect or are we just imperfectly normal people? Sally Rooney says “what if we admit extreme individualism is unsustainable and try to find the meaning of life in a variety of contacts with others?” What we seek is the possibility of being ourselves while remaining close to others.

Did you know: After filming wrapped, Paul Mescal gave his character’s signature chain necklace as a gift to Daisy Edgar-Jones.

Genre: Romance

Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Director of photography: Suzie Lavelle

WritersSally Rooney, Alice Birch, Mark O’Rowe

Stars: Paul Mascal, Daisy Edgar-Jones

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 4 months ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @maggienelcaos, @alessandrascoppetta, @chia_riccio, @kiddosstufff, @obsessive.ph0t0graphy, @alessandro_zenok_lombardo, @vrtivstic, @mariyaleksa_ph, @ne.photogra.ph, @naya_december.

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Nude bodies photographed by 30 women artists

Nude bodies photographed by 30 women artists

Collater.al Contributors · 4 months ago · Photography

A 2018 repot by the National Museum of Women in the Arts revealed that works by female artists in the main European museums account for only 13% of the total, a disproportion certainly linked to the role of women in history but unjustifiable if we consider the contemporary art circuit. At the Fotografiska in New York, a fundamental exhibition is about to open in relation to this negative trend, featuring the photographs of thirty women artists. The images in the “NUDE” exhibition depict a creative nude that is a clear departure in terms of intentions and vision from pornography, as this artistic expression is often identified by a superficial public and, more seriously, by the algorithms that delete the work of creators on social networks. The intention of the algorithms to defend the cultural sensitivity of its users contrasts in the exhibition with the twenty different nationalities of the photographers.

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NUDE starts from a female point of view and an interpretation of the body and femininity, following a fluid vision of gender identity and sexual identification. The portraits tell stories in which there is no binary definition of the nude, which is not only male or female but can undergo transitory phases, during which we can see the signs of operations on the skin.
The director of global exhibitions at Fotografiska Johan Vikner stated “This collection of contemporary female artists using the nude body as their language, be it their own or others, for the sake of art, beauty, representation, self-expression, as a subject and object, is an example of what this new nude is and what it looks like.”
Among the artists exhibiting at NUDE will be, among others Malerie Marder, Dana Scruggs, Julia SH, Bettina Pittaluga and Momo Okabe.

NUDE opens at Fotografiska New York on February 11, and will be on view until May 1.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 4 months ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @mindiagabadze, @lunaverde_ph, @_aboutcharlotte_, @tommasodonato_fotografie, @sofiabrendolinph, @santhiago.paris, @crea_dorra, @folavrill77, @fabrizio_lecca, @rori_palazzo_.

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Salvo Giuffrida, melting the boundaries of bodies

Salvo Giuffrida, melting the boundaries of bodies

Tommaso Berra · 4 months ago · Photography

Same Skin” is a photographic series shot by Salvo Giuffrida, the liberating tale of an encounter between two women in the same flat, who find themselves sharing the contact between their bodies and small daily gestures in which there is a desire to take care of each other, reciprocally.
The small movements in Salvo Giuffrida’s vision help to break down hidden walls that collapse thanks to soft gestures, showing a horizon that was not thought to be hidden. The sharp force with which we try to break down the wall in the pictures is rendered through light, which slips into the flat, illuminating two girls and dissolving the border of their bodies, more irregular because it is questioned, in order to redefine it and discover a new warmth.
The two girls love each other, in a shared bathtub or on a bed where two people are more protected.

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