Hal Quartièr wants eternal youth with “4EVER YOUNG”

Hal Quartièr wants eternal youth with “4EVER YOUNG”

Cristiano Di Capua · 8 months ago · Art

June 10th saw the release of “4EVER YOUNG”, Hal Quartièr‘s new single for Sony Music Italy and Columbia Records. With a clear reference to the 80s super ballad “Forever Young” by Alphaville, Hal Quartièr takes the chase and with a rush of energy and a rock soul wants to remind listeners to stay young forever, like Peter Pan’s philosophy of life. Being a project that is precisely young and with many different musical influences ranging from rap to pop, Collater.al decided to chat with him to find out what is going on in his head at this release period.

Hi Alfredo, how are you doing? Take this answer as your own space and tell us your thoughts without filters.

Ciao! I’m fine, I’m very happy that my single “4ever Young” is out. I’m in a period where I feel calm, where the things I’m doing finally make sense to me and my family. I have the approval of the people I love. I want to enjoy this moment as if it is the last thing I will do, because it is an important point in my musical career.

Although you are young, “4EVER YOUNG” on listening comes across as a mature and well-orchestrated song. How did you get the idea to write a song with this concept? Was there a specific moment when you came up with it or was it a longer process that led you down this path?

Obviously I was little when I heard the Alphaville song, despite that I immediately espoused what as a listener they wanted to get across to me with the piece. Since it was a song that marked my youth, it was a message that I definitely wanted to give to listeners in the key of 2022, because it is a way of living, of feeling life, a mood that I hope people who feel they reflect in this piece also share. I wrote it during the pandemic, during the time when people were rightly caught up in fear of everything that was happening. After my experience, after losing a few years of my life, I realized that the most important thing a person has is time. I hope that those who listen to the piece will be able to see themselves in my thinking.

You posted your first mixtape on YouTube when you were only 14 yo, when did you know that this was what you wanted to do in life?

Actually, I was even younger than that. I was two years old and I was singing in front of the television, then I was three and I kept singing in front of the television, then I was six and I was singing in places where I went on vacation, in neighborhood bars, during birthday parties. I kept singing the songs of Vasco, Baglioni, Renato Zero. The people who loved me understood it before I did, especially my mother and brother understood that I wanted to do this from the very beginning. I wasn’t focused on doing anything else, just music.

What kind of impact did a city of light and shadow like Naples have on your life as an artist?

Naples definitely gave me an extra language, which I love, and a certain way of looking at things. Especially the neighborhoods, the life lived in earnest in the neighborhoods, gave me that really urban world that today allows me to be able to say things, to tell stories and to be able to understand what is right and what is wrong for me, because I have experienced it firsthand.

What do you see in the future of Hal Quartièr? Tell us a little about the various directions the project will take.

For now, I am super focused and excited about the release of “4ever Young.” I want to enjoy this moment because it’s been a long time since I’ve released new music. It is a new and important departure for me. For now, because I have so many projects in the pipeline, I want to enjoy this moment and feel it on me for a while. I will still continue to write and make music.

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One Shot: light in the shots of Sasha Elage

One Shot: light in the shots of Sasha Elage

Laura Tota · 3 weeks ago · Photography

One Shot is Collater.al’s column that delves into the work of a photographer starting from a single shot, describing his style and imagery. This episode’s guest is Sasha Elage, a photographer of Russian origin and naturalised French citizen.

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Self-taught photographer, he does not use corrective methods for his photography: his incredible photos are taken with any corrective device, simply exploiting natural light and playing with the simple over-/under-exposure of the images or with flash and colored gels.
What is intended as a photographic error, soon becomes an peculiar stylistic code in Sasha’s research, thus making light the protagonist in the shot and in restoring consistency and personality to the Sasha Elage is a photographer of Russian origin, a naturalized Frenchman. Self-taught photographer, he does not use corrective methods for his photography: his incredible photos are taken without resorting to any corrective device, simply exploiting natural light and playing with the simple over-/under-exposure of the images or with flash and colored gels.

What is captioned as a photographic error becomes an unmistakable stylistic code in Sasha’s research, thus making light the undisputed protagonist in the shot and in restoring consistency and personality to the portrayed subjects/objects.
Where humans are present, faces are deliberately hidden or unreadable, reducing the face to a simple reflective surface for a light that blinds the observer.
The goal is to recreate images characterized by a strong aesthetic sense, transforming the photographic act into a game, a form of entertainment in which Sasha challenges the human eye; his photographs break conventions and scenographic conjunctions through optical tricks and a combination of inventive minimalism.We asked Sasha to tell us about one of his shots to explain his research and share it with us.

1. Describe your photography research in three words.

Inventive, persistant, Implacable 

2. How did you get there? I mean, did you cross any other approaches that brought you where you are now?

I’ve always wanted to be a painter, when I was a kid I did a lot of painting but somehow stopped at the age of 11 and discovered photography late at the age of 24 and I knew right away that this is what I want to do all my life. I use the camera to transform reality rather than just record it (like painters do..), I overexpose with natural or artificial light, underexpose, use colored flash ( Since my early days in 2004, back then I was experimenting by placing a pink plastic cd case in front of my flash to get this effect, nowadays colored gels are supplied in kits with most flashlights.) I also use long exposure and a variety of other techniques..I am also not ashamed to create beautiful images, as beautiful art is almost a taboo nowadays. I like the idea of exploring all the possibilities when I’m working on something and looking at it from every angle to make sure I haven’t missed a photo; I enjoy surprising myself.
I never use digital software to edit my photos; the creative process takes place within the camera, which is very very important to me. I have complete faith in photography, and I believe that using filters and Photoshop is betraying photography

3. What photographers inspired you?

To be honest today I am more inspired by music, nature, and the people I love; my mother is my greatest inspiration.

4. Tell us the process behind this shot and if there’s any funny fact to tell our audience.

As I previously stated, I frequently use overexposure in my work to alter reality; this photograph was taken in a dark covered street in Dolceacqua, Italy in 2021, it’s part of an ongoing series called “And God created light”.
The sun only penetrated the street at one point, so I asked my woman to simply look at the light and overexposed the photo to create this effect; my way of enticing the viewer to imagine a face rather than seeing it.
Many people believe that this photograph has been digitally altered, that I used a powerful flash, or that it was taken in a studio; I even shared the making-of video on my Instagram so that they would believe me.

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Domenico Matera and the essentiality of memories

Domenico Matera and the essentiality of memories

Tommaso Berra · 3 weeks ago · Photography

The series of shots taken by photographer Domenico Matera goes straight to the heart of a life’s memories. A native of Basilicata, he chooses the Lucanian Calanchi and its network of cracks in the clay to reconnect with a sphere of memories.
Matera wants to reconnect with an idea of landscape that creates continuity in memories, because it brings us back to a condition of essentiality that is that of memory, untainted by the present and our eyes on the contemporary.
The bare landscape of the photographs is a metaphor for this search for essentiality, also favoured by the choice of white monochrome, a fog over memories that unifies and envelops them.
The landscapes and horizons thus become more and more distant, a borderline can barely be seen, while the alternation of wide shots and close-ups confuses the ideas of what is micro and macro. A world to be reconstructed through memory.

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Dialogica: the poetry of the metropolitan microcosm on Instagram

Dialogica: the poetry of the metropolitan microcosm on Instagram

Laura Tota · 2 weeks ago · Photography

A crossing point par excellence, the subway represents the converging point of hundreds of worlds that, in the time of a journey, share a space and time infinitely limited compared to an entire existence.
Yet, especially for those who daily travel by subway, this microcosm becomes extremely familiar, a concentration of recurrences, rituals and rhythms often automatically experienced.
Always lighted by the same light, during the opening hours every action repeats equal to itself, victim of a potentially eternal repetition: an alienation interrupted only by some careful looks, able to grasp the magic (and even the irony) of everyday life.

Thus, the photographic image becomes the ideal tool to capture the true essence of the subway, actually made of hundreds of small details and moments of pure poetry or fun.
To this thousands of posts are dedicated on Instagram, the social that more than all allows us to share immediately the fleeting of a unique and blinding moment in the monotony of always equal days: nothing like Instagram contributes to creating shared visual imaginaries of places, events or people.
In this first appointment, Dialogica wants to put in dialogue two Instagram accounts, which find their habitat in the subway par excellence, the New York one, although driven by two extremely different researches.

Subwaycreatures  is a serial profile in which the author Rick McGuire collects photographic contributions and videos of thousands of authors able to capture the funniest and bizarre moments that occur on the subway. The page, active since 2013, has quickly become a social phenomenon and represents one of the most important collectors of images on the New York City subway.

No attention to the composition, the framing or the colors: this creates an independent visual research that does not fear the so-called “ugly” and distances itself from a predefined vision both from a formal point of view and content

The real protagonists of each contribution are in fact only the “creatures” (almost fantastic) populating everyday the subway. Each carousel collects images and/or videos linked together by the same theme: scrolling the feed, it will not be difficult to come across the best and weird disguises met in the subway, or a selection of dogs transported in bags or plastic bags (by law, on New York subways only “handbag dogs” can travel).

On the other hand, the Subwayhands profile is driven by a totally different aesthetic, it’s a project conceived and created by photographer Hannah Ryan who dedicates this account to one of the most communicative parts of our body: the hands.

The hands tell in an honest and sincere state of mind, they do not lie and they speak more than we can imagine, and that’s why Hannah began to photograph them.

Hands shaking, hands flicking, hands holding objects, gloved, cured or neglected hands: every hand becomes a world, a synecdoche that explores feelings, relationships, situations and stories and becomes the kick-off to invent fantastic stories.

In this shots, there are poetry, care and formal homogeneity, they are taken at a close distance, enough to clearly suggest the place where you are (thanks to a cool artificial light that does not hide, indeed, emphasizes the scene), but not too much to break the magic of the moment.
With discretion and delicacy, Hanna photographs individual hands, couples or groups of hands, without ever revealing people’s faces: the intent is to suggest stories, to portrait the universality of proxemics and everyday life poetry.

As the hands holding the sign “Will you marry me?” tell about the personal story of a marriage proposal (ended with a yes from the bride, as we learn from the comments to the post), so other older posts testify to epochal events such as the #blacklivesmatter protest or even the pandemic period during which the hands were protected by gloves or other devices not to come into contact with the surfaces.
The eye of the photographer, whether a professional or an amateur, returns a varied and heterogeneous cartography of another world living underground, far from the rules and social distinctions that regulate the surface world: all these looks, also invite us to look more carefully at the details during our trips.

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The lightness of bones in Anne-Laure Etienne’s photographs

The lightness of bones in Anne-Laure Etienne’s photographs

Laura Tota · 1 week ago · Photography

I’ve always wondered if we’re really aware of the power that images have over us. We are daily overwhelmed by them, yet, when we deliberately choose to use images, or to create new ones from scratch, something magical happens.
A clear example of this, is the self-portrait practice, often used as an instrument of imagination, self-analysis and identity reflection (as for example the dramatic self-portraits by Francesca Woodman) or of civil, social and existential investigation (as for example the female investigation perpetrated by Paola Mattioli) almost as a balm capable of leading to a greater oneself and the outside world awareness.

When the lens meets the tangible matter of one’s body, it actually detects much more: it highlights fragility, fears, awareness, messages in the bottle that take shape through the image itself.
And this is exactly what lies behind the shots of the “Tissues and bones” project taken by the French photographer Anne-Laure Etienne.

Since 2017 and for 6 years, Anne-Laure has self-portrayed in the places of her land, beautiful unspoiled landscapes in the South of France. In a moment of great psychological and physical weakness, she found in photography a means to reconfigure herself representation and express her discomfort.
Her body imprisoned in the tissues, becomes an evidence of a sense of psychological claustrophobia from which to get rid. The bones mentioned in the title of the project constitute the most secret part of our body, the one that resists time and even death, and for this reason they are the most authentic testimony of our intimate essence. What initially seems trapped, compressed, suffocated, soon changes: from constriction cage, the tissue becomes placenta, a soft protection that protects, but does not inhibit, light veil that caresses, but does not force.

The lightness of the bodies, immortalized in aerial dances or moments of physical effort in tension, testifies to a flowering, a rebirth, just like the landscape in which they are captured. In this sense, the natural context is never a simple backdrop that poetically frames the scene, but constitutes a dialogical and evolving element, painted with bold and energetic colors. Thus, the geography of space gives way to a geography of self-representation.

The subsequent healing allowed her to photograph friends and relatives, giving them the opportunity to enter into deep contact with the most hidden part of themselves and Nature.
With a few scenic expedients, Anne Laure’s creativity and artistic background allow to reconstruct suspended microworlds in which the real, symbolic and imaginary dimensions meet: so tulle fabrics, voile and organza dialogue with the textures that Nature offers to careful observers, creating levels of reading and games of light and shadow in which the body creates soft and light lines.

In this project, there is a message of joy, hope and strength: like the one in the photo where, wrapped in a fabric of clouds, Anne Laure stands proud and down to earth, but with her gaze turned to the sky she seems to be part of.

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