Contemporary Elderly, Louis De Belle and the beauty of the third age.

Contemporary Elderly, Louis De Belle and the beauty of the third age.

Collater.al Contributors · 2 years ago · Photography

We are in Milan, in Corso Sempione 33. In 1953 the architect Piero Bottoni designed the INA Palace, which is much more than a simple building, it’s a proposal for a new way of living the city life, where the private space is combined with the public space: the terrace, the commercial ground floor, shops, offices, a communal garden… A very innovative project at that time, with two different facades, a rationalist and an expressionist one. Here on the ground floor Stefano Branca di Romanico opened Galera San Soda, and after the first exhibition by Goswin Schwendinger, he’s now presenting Louis De Belle’s first exhibition titled “Contemporary Elderly”. A project about the third age’s aesthetics

Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al

Contemporary Elderly is a series of colorized photographs of older people shot in the streets of Milano. An insight into the status of senior citizens in modern times, through close-up crops on postures, clothing details and specific gestures, emphasized by the selective process of colorization – a method of manually adding color to a black-and-white photograph.

We asked Louis De Belle some questions about his work.

What is the colorization technique?

The photos are taken in black and white, then digitally colored. It’s a technique from the past that we decided to re-use in a contemporary way. The result are 14 images, in which the spot colors merge with the image, keeping shadows and light.

Where did you take it?

I tried to go to the places most frequented by this generation: markets, bars like La Coloniale or Marchesi where they meet to drink a “bianchino” or a coffee. We are in normal contexts, the intention was to portray people of this age because they often seem to have appeared in our daily life, but here they are the protagonists.

How did you approach them? How did you photograph them?

Walking down the street in Milan in the summertime, trying to find them in a natural way: the people are never posing, it’s street photography, which nevertheless rises to another level due to colorization. In each image, there are never more than three colors.

“Contemporary Elderly” is an exclusive project for Galera San Soda?

Yes, Stefano and I share a curiosity for the third age. The work is a celebration of our friendship but it’s also linked to the city of Milan and to this rationalist building…to the innovative life proposed by Piero Bottoni.

…And the blue carpet?

The carpet in the collective imagination is an old element, the idea was to use a material that led back to the cliché of an elder’s apartment. We have chosen a blue that changes the space but remains detached: it’s a calm and safe color, which allows images to float in a monochromatic space.

Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al

How did you print the photos?

They are UV prints on plexiglass. It’s a perfect support to the colorization, with plexiglass there’s no glass and so there’s no reflection, it’s plastic, a pop material. The polished aluminum frames bind to the interior layout starting from the INA building fixtures up to the gallery furnishings.

Steno, how did the idea of ​​the third age come out?

It was 10 years ago, our relationship was about music and then we went further. At 21 we liked to emulate the elderly, followed routines, Gilbert & George were our points of reference. When I returned to Milan after London I opened the gallery and wanted to do an exhibition with Louis to close the circle and return to our common passion. The selection process was complicated because many photos did not do justice to the final series, we want to praise and not do something tragicomic, we wanted to evoke an apparatus of sensations linking them to the gesture of the body.

Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al
Contemporary Elderly Louis De Belle | Collater.al

Text by Bianca Felicori

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The sensual and analogue photography of Chantal Convertini

The sensual and analogue photography of Chantal Convertini

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

We were immediately captivated by the beauty of Chantal Convertini‘s shots. 

Sensual, delicate and intimate. 

Chantal Convertini is a 28-year-old girl who approached photography almost by chance and only later decided to turn this great passion into a job. Like many other photographers, the first approach she had with photography was through digital. Then, later, four years ago, she also approached the world of analog. This led Chantal Convertini to know how to juggle the two techniques very well, preferring analog for her personal projects. 

The protagonists of her shots are two, the light and the bodies of young women. 

The light is almost always natural, which lightens the interiors of houses and bedrooms slightly. Sometimes her photographs are illuminated by just a few rays of sunshine that penetrates between the slits of closed shutters and blinds. These rays rest on the naked bodies and faces of her subjects, often female, as in the series A feminine view on femininity, in which Chantal Convertini gives her personal vision of the female universe. 

Often, however, she puts herself in front of the lens, creating fantastic selfportraits, intimate and personal. 

Below you can find a selection of her shots, to find out more go to her website, her Instagram profile and her Patreon profile, where you can also support her financially.  

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Contemporary photography comes to Bologna with PhMuseum Days

Contemporary photography comes to Bologna with PhMuseum Days

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

PhMuseum was founded in 2012 as the first online museum dedicated to contemporary photography with the aim of offering a space accessible to everyone from everywhere that would promote visual culture. Over the years PhMuseum has organised various activities and initiatives, from photography courses to training programmes and high-level masterclasses. This year it wanted to go even bigger, abandoning its digital form for a while and becoming a physical event.

From 23 to 26 September, in fact, the Binario Centrale of Bologna’s DumBo will host the first edition of the international photography festival PhMuseum Days.

The theme chosen for this first edition is A New Beginning and it perfectly fits both the historical moment we are living and the new decade that has just begun and because the event represents a new adventure for PhMuseum.

The 4-day programme includes individual exhibitions, a collective installation, workshops, portfolio reviews, screenings, performances and a space dedicated to independent publishing.

Guests include Argentinean photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg, whose Natur-e reflects on the relationship between man, nature and technology, and Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass, who will be exhibiting Humanae, a project that seeks to demonstrate that what defines the human being is his inescapable uniqueness.

There will also be the Encounter project by Italian photographer Silvia Rosi, who starts from her family album to tell stories of migration and diaspora through self-portraits and performances, and Afterlife by French photographer Vasantha Yogananthan, who tells the eternal challenge between good and evil by reinterpreting a passage from the Indian epic poem Ramayana.

In addition, three works chosen from over 700 projects submitted through the festival’s open call will be on display: Human by Ecuadorian photographer Fabiola Cedillo, focusing on the human need to reproduce, naturally and through technology; Fading Senses by Polish photographer Ligia Poplawska, on the implications of the loss of ecosystems on our mental and emotional health; and finally, C-R92/BY by British photographer Samuel Fordham, a project focusing on thousands of British families separated as a result of Home Office policies.

Visit the PhMuseum website and follow the Instagram profile to keep up with all the updates.

Fading Senses, Ligia Popławska
C-R92_BY, Samuel Fordham
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Luisa Mazzanti, between portraits and artistic nude

Luisa Mazzanti, between portraits and artistic nude

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

Photography is much more than an image. It is an experience that starts from the photographer, passes through the subject and reaches the viewer. It is sharing emotions, moods, values and feelings.
If you’re not sure this is the case, Luisa Mazzanti‘s shots will certainly change your mind. 

Born in Lucca and moved to Milan, Luisa Mazzanti is a fine-art photographer of only 23 years old who, despite her young age, already has clear ideas on what messages and what stories to tell with her photos.

There are two genres in which Luisa has specialized, the portrait and the artistic nude.
Through the portraits she manages to capture the attention and curiosity of the viewer: the gazes of the models that point straight at us wrap us and do not let us go.
Instead, through the photographic nude she fights the aesthetic canons imposed by society and shows bodies free to show their forms in all their unique beauty. 

Sometimes it also happens that she becomes the subject of the shots, engaging in self-portraits of impact in which photography becomes the means by which to enhance their bodies and the body, with its natural beauty elevates photography to art. 

Read also: The intimate and analog self-portraits by Celeste Ortiz

Check out below some shots of Luisa Mazzanti and do not miss her future works follow her on Instagram and visit her website

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The taste of summer in Julien Pounchou’s photos

The taste of summer in Julien Pounchou’s photos

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

A summer is always exceptional, whether it is hot or cold, dry or wet.” wrote Gustave Flaubert. That summer is always exceptional is an indisputable truth, it is that time of year when everything seems possible, when everything is waiting for a new beginning, when our days are freed from the daily routine, our mind is freed from duties and work to do, our body is freed from all its beauty. Summer is waiting, happiness and nostalgia at the same time. Capturing the essence of summer is almost impossible and when someone succeeds in this task it is always a pleasant rediscovery. One of these is Julien Pounchou, a French photographer who lives and works in Barcelona. 

Julien specializes in portraits and fashion photography, but among his work, there is always a constant that can be found in all his shots: the summer atmosphere

The subjects he photographs, from the colorful costumes, to the faces without make-up, to the tanned skin, are illuminated by the warm light typical of the summer months, the sun’s rays embrace everything and looking at the images we can almost feel its warmth. Julien Pounchou’s photographs are extremely natural and the choice of analog makes them even more particular, immediately giving them a style that recalls that of the 60s and 70s. And perhaps it’s their spontaneity that makes them as exceptional as Flaubert’s summer. 

Below you can find a selection of shots by Julien Pounchou, but to find out more go to his website and follow him on Instagram!

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