Contexts and avant-garde – Interview to Duy Nguyen

Contexts and avant-garde – Interview to Duy Nguyen

Tommaso Berra · 5 months ago · Photography

The first of the five photographers selected by Collater.al Magazine among those present at Liquida PhotoFestival from May 5 to 29 in Turin is Duy Nguyen. In a brief interview, the photographer talks about his style, his relationship with his past and with the subjects that pose in front of his camera.

1. You are one of the photographers selected for the Liquida Exhibition, tell us about the project you will exhibit in Turin.

My project for Liquida Photofestival has the working title Phantom Lineage. My project is based on my own life and explores the idea that not everyone has the privilege of access to their own archive. My cultural heritage is not written down, and there are very few photographs of my family. It all lives on only in memory, but memories changes over time. What I remember may not be the truth. In this project, I’m subjectively exploring feelings, memories, and experiences around my childhood as an immigrant and foreigner. These emotions are also enhanced by being a foreigner in Italy for my artist residency at Paratissima. Practically, I’m bridging the past with the eyes of the present through images, video, and digital installations. If you come to Liquida Photofestival, you will see some very experimental works I have created and very much look forward to showing.

2. Your photos seem to be influenced by graphics design, collages, and cinema, how would you describe your photographic style?

I studied art direction and graphic design in school. I tried to separate my photography from my design work for a long time. Usually, designing was done to create income, while photography was my artistic outlet. Now that I have matured more, I’m finally learning to combine my many skills to create unique work. I think my photographic style is evolving intact with myself, but in the present, it lies somewhere in the space that blurs between analog photography and digital art. As for cinema inspiration; I really love how good cinema often makes you feel like you are part of the scene. I try to bring this into my photography as well.

3. With the evolution of art more and more towards digital scenarios, in your opinion what role will photography play in the future?

We can only hypothesize, or guess, as digital scenarios, NFTs, and digital art are still in their infant stage. It will take a while for it to become mainstream enough for all to understand it. In the past; painters used to depict reality as well as they could until photography was invented and eventually took its place. Then painting as an art form evolved, and eventually became more abstract or conceptual. I wonder what digital art will do to photography, as photography challenges painting. I guess I don’t have a good answer here because this subject is something I’m currently exploring myself.

4. The subjects of your photographs often look at the lens, what relationship do you search for with them?

I think my photographs are often a reflection of myself, perhaps even more than a reflection of the subjects. Maybe I’m searching for myself in the subject. It could be a person, an object, or a situation. I think of it almost like a performance where I’m trying to find something that I can relate to, and then drive that emotion and moment until a photograph is taken. With people, it’s usually easier to find that through the eyes when they look at me.

Duy Nguyen | Collater.al

5. In your opinion, when can a photograph be defined as avant-garde?

I think it’s hard to look at a single photograph and judge if it’s avant-garde or not. Instead, I would probably look at the photographer’s practice and see if it’s challenging or criticizing the aesthetics and ideas of photography in the present. Another interesting aspect is also cultural context. For example, something that might be seen as avant-garde in one community may be perceived differently in another country. With my recent works that dab between analog photography, collage, and performance, I have found that some institutions find it too experimental to be called photography, while others find it challenging. 

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The best astronomy photos of 2022

The best astronomy photos of 2022

Tommaso Berra · 5 days ago · Photography

Space is mysterious and frightening territory, we observe from Earth phenomena that most of the time, unless you are an astronomer or very passionate, cannot be fully explained. Remaining are the fascination of seeing them from afar, observing celestial bodies, night skies and everything that inspires fantastic tales and makes us imagine the presence of other worlds light years away from us.
Some phenomena require patience because they are very slow, others are difficult to witness because they are extemporaneous, all of which makes photographing astronomical phenomena a very difficult task, and each year the best shots are awarded at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

3,000 photos entered in 2022 by photographers from 67 countries, including the winning one by photographer Gerald Rhemann, who managed to capture a rare event that made many look up to the sky last December. It was Christmas Day when comet Leonard crossed the sky over Tivoli, Namibia. Rhemann managed to capture the moment before the celestial body was blown away by the solar wind, and the energy-charged shot earned first place in the contest.
For the next 12 months the shot will be on display in London, at the National Maritime Museum, along with the other entries and divided into thematic categories (galaxies, sun, moon, landscapes…).

Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
Foto astronimiche | Collater.al
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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Tommaso Berra · 1 week 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: @eli_rmn, @erre62, @sara_gram._, @saraperacchia, @defalcotina, @giulia.pissagroia, @teresa_scafa, @izya777, @marco.pasini.photo, @marcocarta87.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on the next InstHunt.

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Tatiana Cardellicchio stops the motion of nature

Tatiana Cardellicchio stops the motion of nature

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Photography

Photography, when it wants to convey universal emotions, has more strength when it is shared with other people from its earliest stages. Tatiana Cardellicchio owes much to meeting and collaborating with other creatives, who have inspired her, reinforcing an already clear idea of art that is enhanced when seen as a whole and not as individual shots.
There is often a human figure in Tatiana Cardellicchio’s photos, isolated in the world in a moment of pause, in which the perpetual motion of life seems to have been interrupted in favor of a more meditative relationship with nature and the elements that make it up.

The sea becomes a kind of baptismal water, the blades of grass in the meadow instead the perfect surface in which to abandon the body, often of a young woman, which does not impose its silhouette in the landscape but adapts to the rocks or the stool left in the corner of the room.
With a career as a photo retoucher and photo editor, the shots on the photographer’s Instagram profile show a more intimate look in which enhancing the plasticity of the body is a mission, as is blurring the edges between the human figure and nature, in a game of participation in the natural cycle that it is easy to want to be a part of.

Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al
Tatiana Cardellicchio | Collater.al

A Tatiana Cardellicchio’s shot will be at Collater.al Photography 2022.

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Bodies in the wild in Lisa Strautmann’s photos

Bodies in the wild in Lisa Strautmann’s photos

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

The balance between the human figure and the landscape is the key to Lisa Strautmann‘s shots. Born in 1988, Lisa Strautmann is a German photographer who has had a different path than many of her colleagues. In fact, she has earned no less than two degrees, neither of them in the arts or photography: the first in physical education and the second in psychology. 

Her course of study, however, led her to have the approach she has today to the photographic medium and the subjects she shoots. We almost always see one or more figures in the center of the composition, naked, in unnatural and contrived poses. All around are the colors of nature, from the bright green of the grass to the clear blue of the sky. 

With these images, Lisa Strautmann manages to merge her being an adult, feminist woman with a deep love for nature and the connection humans can make with it. 

Discover more of Lisa Strautmann’s work on her website and Instagram profile

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