The deep and intimate shots by Isabella Sommati

The deep and intimate shots by Isabella Sommati

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks 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 asked her some questions, don’t miss our interview below!


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.


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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Best of 2020 – NSFW Photography

Best of 2020 – NSFW Photography Contributors · 7 hours ago · Photography

The NSFW (not safe for work) photographic projects, despite the acronym we use to define them, do not just tell nude stories. They are articles about fragile and delicate relationships, they are transparent, extremely sincere and vulnerable projects.

You can find here the 10 articles most read during the last year, but if you don’t have enough of them, we have a whole archive just for you.
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Blackbird fly, blackbird fly / Into the light of the dark black night, sang the Beatles more than fifty years ago, and it is this song, and its message of freedom, that inspired Jamie Johnson in the choice of what is now her stage name, Birdee.
Today her analogue photographs analyze the themes of femininity, strength and grace. Her subjects are carefree, decisive and tenacious bodies always in contact with water.

Erotic Photography, Leonardo Glauso’s latest book

Sensual and passionate, as beautiful as the girls they portray and in black and white, are the shots of Leonardo Glauso collected in his latest book “Erotic Photography“.  
This publication is a collection of black and white nude photographs that simultaneously reveal and hide subjects like marble sculptures. No disturbing elements, no-frills, no distraction from the sensual, pure and intimate beauty of the bodies.

Bodies in freedom, photography by Lucas Cerri

Lucas Cerri born as a musician but with time, besides expressing emotions, thoughts and feelings, notes and melodies, he started to do it also through images.
His photographs are intimate and delicate, their main subject is the human body and they express a particular sense of freedom.

Tamara Lichtenstein and her analog and female photography

They could be film frames or photographs from a personal diary from the 1980s. Tamara Lichtenstein’s analogue shots encapsulate a timeless beauty that never tires.
At the center of her artistic research is the female universe and its facets: faces and bodies without filters and natural beauty, her shots have a unique style that is impossible to forget.

Beauty without veils in Guen Fiore’s shots

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Her subjects are mainly young women captured in their most intimate moments: they are natural, without veils and without limits.
The proud, happy, melancholic and thoughtful looks, the delicate and suspended gestures make each shot more beautiful than the previous one, a manifesto of unique and universal beauty.

The conceptual and sophisticated photography by Eva Milkonskaya

After looking at Eva Milkonskaya’s photographs everything around us becomes superfluous. Her shots manage to give shape to emotions: they are extremely minimal, complex and deep images.
Her photographs are able to communicate the depth of the human soul, they are images out of reality, snapshots without place, still in time.

BODY, Lotte van Raalte and the women’s body

BODY, the last project by Lotte van Raalte, is a real ode to the female body and a spasmodic search for reality and true beauty.
This project tells us the truth and presents the woman’s body in a new way: they are photographs of real women with all those details and signs that distinguish one body from the other and make the difference.

Women regain control of their bodies in Arianna Genghini’s shots

Sensual and ethereal, Arianna Genghini’s photographs are not only beautiful, they are the manifesto of a way of perceiving a woman’s body far from clichés and preconceptions.
Her photographs stand out for the attention to detail, the light, the styling but above all for the message they carry. In her photographs nudity expresses the woman’s freedom, it is the demonstration that one can be the master of one’s own body, even if one clashes with the restrictions of society.

Intimate and poetic photography by Berber Theunissen

Every imperfection, every scar, every crease, every little defect becomes an added value in Berber Theunissen’s photographs.
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Words by Federica Cimorelli

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Poetry and empathy, the shots by Niko Neithardt

Poetry and empathy, the shots by Niko Neithardt Contributors · 5 hours ago · Photography

Telling people’s stories and doing it through a lens is what Niko Neithardt does with his camera. Although apparently, it may seem simple, his artistic work requires a lot of listening and attention, it is a complex emotional process that requires empathy, sensitivity and a bit of poetry.

With warm and bright tones and radiant natural light, his photographic portraits capture the attention of every viewer. Niko extrapolates the beauty of the simplicity of his subjects, capturing every moment as if it were forever and making it special and unforgettable.

Niko Neithardt is able to perceive the emotions of others and understand them, but he also manages to characterize each shot with his personal style. He has a lot of methods, techniques and an intense sense of art. Each of his photographs has an extraordinary analogue look.

Together with Daniel Oechsler and Andreia Guedes, Niko founded DNA Collective, a collective of photographers and videomakers based in Heidelberg, Germany. Their clients include Google, Ginstr, Vapiano, Big FM and Adam Stacks.

Watch here a selection of his work, follow him on Instagram and on the DNA Collective website.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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Langston Bowen, a pictorial photographer

Langston Bowen, a pictorial photographer Contributors · 3 days ago · Photography

Do you ever wonder what reality would be like if we all lived in a Rococo painting?
The photographs of Langston Bowen can spark our imagination and take us into the elegant and dreamy atmospheres of that period.

Watching his shots is like entering another world where you live in contact with nature, where you respect its laws and investigate its myths, secrets and wonders.

Le fotografie pittoriche di Langston Bowen |

His subjects are especially women portrayed in natural landscapes as celestial gods. Each of his photographs is a work of art and each place tells a different story.
Langston revealing the most intimate details of his subjects, his work is a photographic fresco, an idyll of the female figure.

With a warm and bright color palette and soft and delicate lighting, the photographs of Langston Bowen seem to be inspired by Jean-Honore Fragonard’s paintings and his intimate, graceful worlds.
His artistic work is pure emotive storytelling.

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

Le fotografie pittoriche di Langston Bowen |
Le fotografie pittoriche di Langston Bowen |

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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Benoit Lapray’s superheroes invade Paris

Benoit Lapray’s superheroes invade Paris

Emanuele D'Angelo · 4 days ago · Photography

Strolling a little romantically through the streets of Paris, Benoit Lapray had the brilliant idea of replacing the city’s monuments with the heroes of pop culture.

Superheroes, famous protagonists of science fiction movies and even cartoons clamorously take the place of the statues that adorn the French capital.

It is not the first time that the French photographer does such work, long ago he had imagined them far away from the chaotic metropolis, wandering alone between mountains and hills, see here.

“It’s a way to emphasize that these science fiction heroes are now part of the world’s cultural heritage,” says Lapray.

The project was created in collaboration with creative studio 95 Magenta.
A long and complex work, initially made on film, not using any digital camera.

Subsequently, the negatives were digitized and retouched, and then we added our superheroes, which we hold so dear.
Below, we leave you all the photos of Paris, which were captivated by all the heroes of Benoit Lapray.

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