The dreamlike photography by Isabella Quaranta

The dreamlike photography by Isabella Quaranta

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Photography

Dreams are ephemeral, impossible places, yet when we let ourselves go to them they seem so real. Looking at Isabella Quaranta’s shots will have the same effect.

Born in 1985 in Turin, Isabella Quaranta graduated in Historical and Artistic Cultural Heritage Sciences and later attended the Master in Advanced Photography at the IED in Milan.

Isabella has never set herself limits, approaching different types of photography, from portraits to events of different kinds, seeing her photographs published in various magazines and participating in some exhibitions.

Il tempo sospeso

Among her works what captures the most is the atmosphere, hovering between reality and dream, where free and ethereal women let themselves go, merging with the environment around them.

Isabella Quaranta will exhibit some of her shots in Turin for Ph.ocus – About photography in the section “Please, Stay Home” and for the occasion, we asked her some questions.

Read our interview below.

What is the first memory you have linked to photography?

Me excited to take pictures with a Polaroid received as a gift for my 12 years old.

In many of your works the female figure is at the center of the scene. Which aspect of femininity do you want to describe? 

I like to tell the most intimate and hidden side of femininity, linked to the unconscious and desire.
I work very often through the self-timer or with models my friends, performers and artists, with whom there is harmony and it is a pleasure to work together.

In the room

How would you define your style? 

Creative and introspective.

Where do you get inspiration for your shots? 

In my shots, I like to create an atmosphere where reality mixed with the dream, full of pathos, energy and mystery.
I realize my works following moments of personal inspiration, given by emotions experienced or suggested by dreams.
You can find influences related to Symbolism, alchemical art and Surrealism.

Oblio

Is there a photograph of yours to which you are particularly attached? Tell us about it. 

I am particularly attached to the photograph “In your burning hand”, taken in 2017, in which the performer Annalisa Pascai Saiu and the stylist Valentina Serra Rotundo posed.
Through this shot, I wanted to describe an intimate and credible human relationship, directed towards the observer. Art as a mirror and matrix of reality.
The strength of these hands that hold each other gently, but at the same time with great emotional intensity, shows a deep bond. In abandoning oneself to the other, one finds oneself stronger than before. 
In your hand burning with passion for life, a strength that goes beyond adversity.
Water, natural elements and nudity are a symbol of transparency, a return to the core of origin, the leaving behind the constraints imposed by the world in which we live, the undressing from every mask.
In 2018 it was exhibited in Paris at the Image Nation Paris exhibition.

In your burning hand

To find out more visit Isabella Quaranta’s website, follow her on Instagram and don’t miss the shots below!

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Rebirth
Citrinitas
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“Oasis”, Wright’s Arizona project ever made

“Oasis”, Wright’s Arizona project ever made

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 day ago · Design

The greatest work of Frank Lloyd Wright? Simple, the one that was never realized.

The foundation of the great architect, one of the most influential of the 20th century, collaborated with Spanish architect and digital artist David Romero to transform archival drawings into renderings.

Together they gave new life to a splendid project, a tribute by the architect to his adopted state, Arizona.
It was April 1957 and the entire city of Phoenix was involved in a battle over the future design of the State Capitol. At the center of the dispute was Wright himself, whose unsolicited proposal had caused great controversy. Unfortunately, however, his visionary designs never saw the light of day.

For the southwestern state of the United States of America, Frank Lloyd Wright had designed “Oasis”, a structure characterized by a monumental canopy of copper-plated pylons, with openings permeable to sunlight, fountains and trees.

Officials at the time, however, found the project too expensive and unsuitable for the American state, and some went even further, mocking the American architect’s design.

A project that has not seen the light, but today thanks to David Romero’s photography and renderings we can admire it in all its beauty.


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The small cabins of Holon Arkitektur one step from fjords

The small cabins of Holon Arkitektur one step from fjords

Emanuele D'Angelo · 2 days ago · Design

In the municipality of Sveio, a Norwegian peninsula nestled between small bays and fjords, the studio Holon arkitektur has completed its latest project.
The architects have created “Flokehyttene cabins”, a beautiful complex of 5 triangular-shaped cabins, able to withstand the weather conditions of the region.

“Triangle is the strongest construction form we know, both as a reticular truss and as a spatial reticular truss. The shape itself is stable, unlike the square that moves parallel under load”.

These triangular cabins, both in plan and profile, were commissioned by the Haugesund Tourism Association.
According to the requests, the small structures were not to be normal buildings, but cabins sewn into the landscape, in harmony with the mystical magic of the place. They offer the greatest possible flexibility, just as required.

Flokehyttene cabins” are a perfect place to relax just a stone’s throw from the beautiful fjords that border the Norwegian municipality. Each cabin has a kitchen, living room with fireplace, bathroom, bedroom and a large window overlooking the coast.
A unique place to spend your next holiday, as soon as possible.

Here are the pictures of the wonderful project by Holon Arkitektur.

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“Nap Am Homestay”, the hotel that looks like a lantern

“Nap Am Homestay”, the hotel that looks like a lantern

Emanuele D'Angelo · 6 days ago · Design

Mark this name “Nap Am Homestay”, a hotel-like few, we are sure that just by looking at a picture of him you will fall madly in love.
It is located in the city of Đà Lạt, the capital of Lâm Đồng, a province of the Central Highlands in South Vietnam.

The Vietnamese studio “Le House” took care of its renovation and had the brilliant idea to cover the exterior with a layer of perforated steel that at night turns the building into a shining lantern.

The architects have specifically created this CNC perforated steel layer, a material that can withstand the unstable weather in the region, where heavy downpours often occur.

In addition, the outer wall that gently wraps around the entire facade is perforated with unique design patterns to create a beautiful optical effect that makes the structure shine.

For the rest, the hotel is located on a high slope and hidden deep inside a narrow alleyway of the city. It covers an area of 790 square meters and includes nine rooms with very sophisticated wooden interiors.

“Nap Am Homestay”, another dream place, to add to your list, where to spend your vacations, here are all the photos, judge for yourself.


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Kengo Kuma’s museum inspired by Miyazaki’s film

Kengo Kuma’s museum inspired by Miyazaki’s film

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 week ago · Art, Design, Design

For his latest project Kengo Kuma was inspired by Kiki’s Delivery Service, a 1989 Japanese animated film written by Hayao Miyazaki.

The famous Japanese architect unveiled the first images of the museum Eiko Kadono. It will rise in the city of Tokyo, a white flower-shaped building with a strawberry-colored interior.

To visit the museum, however, we still have to wait, the opening is scheduled for July 2023 in honor of Eiko Kadono, who wrote “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, the original novel on which the homonymous film by Studio Ghibli.

“I want visitors to make memories here. Memories can give us energy as we live our lives,” said Kadono.

In addition, the architects have tried to recreate the city Koriko, where Kiki, the protagonist of the film, after starting her novitiate year begins her delivery activity on her flying broom.

A magical place where to relive all the art of Eiko Kadono and not only, next to the impressive museum will be renovated and redeveloped the park in front.

While waiting for its opening, we leave you the first images below!

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