The deep and intimate shots by Isabella Sommati

The deep and intimate shots by Isabella Sommati

Giulia Guido · 4 months ago · Photography

Take a breath, you will need it to immerse yourself in Isabella Sommati‘s world.

Born in 1966, Isabella was born in Livorno and after her studies, she moved to Milan, where she still lives and works as Art Director. She has always been attracted by the world of photography and after having studied it closely thanks to her profession, a few years ago she decided to dedicate her free time to the art of the camera.

This gave birth to impressive shots and, over time, Isabella has developed a style suitable for her favorite subjects, such as water and women.

A selection of Isabella Sommati’s shots will be exhibited for Ph.ocus -About Photography in the “Please, Take Care” section.

Incurious, we at Collater.al asked her some questions, don’t miss our interview below!

UnderwaterWorld

How did the first approach with photography happen? 

I am an Art Director with experience in the world of photography. For work, I have edited a lot of photos, from color to digital. It was inevitable that I wanted to go deeper, without of course overlapping the professionals. 
The first photographic projects were immature, very intimate, but I don’t deny them, it was a necessary path to be able to consciously photograph the micro-world around me.

Often at the center of your photographs, there is a female figure. What is femininity for you and what aspects of it do you want to tell with your shots?

I consider femininity an identity.

La Melagrana

The woman is sensuality, fragile, fickle. She is creative, innovative, combative. I would like you to perceive through my shots this multitude of colours that is our strength, from abyssal black to solar white, a marvellous colour whose subtlest nuances we ourselves discover day by day.

Another recurring element is water. What role does it play in your work and what does it represent? 

The sea was the companion of my walks and the guardian of my return from school in winter. I am moved by its immensity, the stability of the horizon, the noise of the tides, which advance and retreat like in a Satie score

While living in Milan I got to know the swimming pools, the summer in the city, a bit bitter water, but still a weekend getaway. 
The water has a healing function: it cleanses, soothes or becomes an escape route. In water there are no thoughts but only dreams.

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Where do you get the inspiration for your personal projects? Are there photographers and/or artists you follow? 

Some projects have been built with a precise idea, such as “Alveare”, a reportage about a women’s football team registered at the CSI championship in Milan. Others looking around me like “Mare Nero”, there are projects that have been enriched over the years by other shots (“Acqua”). Sometimes by chance, watching small summer videos, from which I extrapolate frames that I rework. 

Working mainly in black and white, I seek inspiration in the photography of Ackerman or Aue Sobol, in the visual poetry of Botman. Mendieta and Woodman helped me to get to know myself both as a woman and as an artist.

ACQUA # Ogni Giorno Io Rinasco

Tell us about a shot to which you are particularly attached. 

Every photo is part of me. But I think the shot I’m particularly attached to is “ACQUA # Ogni Giorno Io Rinasco”. This photograph tells of my rebirth after a period of emptiness, of absence. Here is all my poetics: woman and water, dream and reality, weakness and strength to be reborn.

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Humans and Landscapes, Ekayyne’s project blends nature and the human body.

Humans and Landscapes, Ekayyne’s project blends nature and the human body.

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Brussels-based artist and graphic designer Ekayyne uses his Instagram profile as a stage to show the works that make up the Humans and Landscapes project. As you can imagine from the title, the artist’s graphics blend in an original way landscape, from white and endless beaches to flowering meadows, and body parts. 

The process of creation begins with the phase of searching for images that take place on the Internet, especially on Tumbler. Only once this first part has been completed does one move on to assembling the images, looking for common elements such as lines or textures. 

The peculiarity of Ekayyne’s graphics is that the union of the two images is not hidden, on the contrary, it is often made even more evident by the contrast between shapes and colors. 

In any case, the result is always surprising, in which the lines of the sand dunes become those of a woman’s body, the skin turns into sand and a nightdress turns into frothy waves of the sea. 

Discover some of Ekayyne’s works in our gallery.

Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
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The glamorous and elegant portraits by Tom Mitchell

The glamorous and elegant portraits by Tom Mitchell

Collater.al Contributors · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Tom Mitchell is a Scottish director and photographer based in London. His female portraits are perfect, glamorous and elegant compositions.

His photographs skilfully integrate subjects, lighting and scenery and, although his models pose with precision and accuracy, they are always spontaneous, genuine and natural.

In Tom Mitchell’s portraits, glances stand out, they call the viewer, hypnotize him and seem to invite him into their colourful and spectacular world. In his work beauty is the undisputed protagonist, it is refinement, charm and timeless seduction.

Tom’s are intimate and intriguing snapshots in perfect balance between technique and instinct.

Tom Mitchell is also very active in the fashion industry: he creates look books, editorials and photographic campaigns for clients such as Superdry, Missguided, Pretty Little Thing and Passionata.

See a selection of his work here, follow him on Instagram and on his personal website.

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The elegant and erotic art of the photographer Calypso Mahieu

The elegant and erotic art of the photographer Calypso Mahieu

Collater.al Contributors · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Calypso Mahieu, class 1993, is graduated from ECAL/University of Art and Design of Lausanne and now she is working between France and Switzerland as a freelance photographer.

Her work is both elegant and erotic and the light is the heart of her photography. Calypso first discovered photography through women’s magazines — she was fascinated by the light, the bodies, and the attitudes rather than the fashion itself.  

The light is her secret weapon and nudity and eroticism has become essential to her aesthetic. She is passionate by the light because it can destroy or sublime a picture very easily. It’s like a game for her to build the light around the person or the object she’s shooting. Cinema’s lights, romantic sunset light of the South of France, desk light and many others can be a source of inspiration and are important in her process of photographing.

A selection from her best works below.

Text by Giordana Bonanno

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IMP 2021: the International Festival of Photojournalism returns to Padua

IMP 2021: the International Festival of Photojournalism returns to Padua

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

There are images that, more than others, manage to tell what is happening in the world. Some have become emblematic, are included in school books and are part of the cultural heritage of each of us. These are the shots taken by photojournalists, reporters who, thanks to a passion comparable to a vocation, have for years been bearing witness to wars, political and social changes, inequalities and the violation of human rights. It is by looking at their work that we fully understand the power of photography, which goes where no other medium can go, touching us to the core. 

WHAT:
IMP 2021- International Festival of Photojournalism
WHEN:
4 – 27 JUN
WHERE:
PADUA

To underline the importance of photojournalists, especially at a time when communication passes especially through images, the first edition of IMP, the International Festival of Photojournalism, was held in Padua in 2019. In the wake of its success, the Culture Department of the City of Padua and the University of Padua have been working on the second edition of the event, which opened last week and will remain open to the public until Sunday 27 June. 

“The idea behind the IMP Festival is the conviction that photojournalism today is the quickest access to stories and international debates capable of connecting the four corners of the world, a way of making everyone aware of their fundamental role even in the most controversial and geographically distant issues.” – RICCARDO BONONI, Photojournalist and Artistic Director of IMP

The works of 30 international authors will be exhibited in the city’s most prestigious museums and, in order to learn more about their work, the festival programme also includes a series of workshops, readings and meetings with guests such as journalist Domenico Quirico, who survived a five-month kidnapping in Syria. 

One of the main exhibitions will be the MAGNUM Photos exhibition, featuring the work of some of the world’s most renowned photojournalists, from Miguel Candela, who shot the latest protests in Hong Kong, to the famous Italian photographer Tony Gentile, author of the portrait of Falcone and Borsellino. 

The IMP also gives space to young talent by presenting an exhibition of some of the year’s best work. 

International Festival of Photojournalism
© Tony Gentile

“We are proud to reaffirm, also in 2021, Padua as the international capital of auteur photojournalism, through a festival that already in its first editions has become an essential reference point for professionals and enthusiasts.” – ANDREA COLASIO, Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Padua

See below some shots of the photojournalists on show and visit the IMP website for all the details. 

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© Tony Gentile
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© Annalisa Natali Murri/CAPTA
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©Laura Liverani/Prospekt Photographers
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© KRZYSZTOF MILLER
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©Lorenso Meloni/MAGNUM Photos
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©Giulio Piscitelli/Emergency
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© Nadia Shira Cohen
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©Fulvio Bugani
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©Valentina Piccinni/Jean-Marc Caimi
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© Raffaele Petralla/Prospekt Photographers
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© Antonio Faccilongo/Getty Reportage
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