Ivana Noto photographs an intimate, feminine world

Ivana Noto photographs an intimate, feminine world

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Photography

Photographing, for Ivana Noto, is alchemy and she said. In the moment in which she shoots, everything around her converges all the sensations, joys, pains, memories.

Ivana Noto’s photography, born in 1981, is intimate and introspective and gives us the feeling that it happens naturally. Her artistic research passes through the bodies and faces of young women who become the mirror and the medium through which Ivana discovers and rediscovers herself.

There is no exasperation, every element we see is exactly as it is and it is their simplicity and authenticity that makes them extraordinary.

A selection of shots by Ivana Noto will be on display for Ph.ocus – About Photography in the “Please, Take Care” section. We took the opportunity to ask her a few questions and let her tell us more in detail about some aspects of her work.

What is your first memory of photography? 

My oldest memory related to photography can certainly be traced back to my mother and her constant desire/need to immortalize every moment of our family since I was a child and the hours we spent together browsing, cataloging and remembering through our photographs.

How would you define your style and how did you achieve it? 

Mine is a very intimate, natural and introspective style. It is not a constructed photograph but something that happens around me and that as soon as it arouses my interest, I recognize and try to immortalize. I’ve always been fascinated by photography and its more classical meaning, which for me is reportage; I started by photographing on the street, I’m curious about the world, the way people move around me.

Photography for me is a matter of empathy, I have always looked around and I have always pressed the shutter only when it was like that around me… as I was.
Then finally I realized that I was photographing the emotions and moods of someone else but that they belonged to me almost as much as they probably belonged to the other person.

Tell us about your photographic project “Tell me about myself”. How was it born? What do you want to convey with these shots? 

“Tell me about myself” was born from the awareness that at a certain point you have to learn to live with yourself, which is perhaps the most difficult thing, and to accept what you have inside and also to learn to forgive yourself sometimes; trying to imprint on paper what is most important to me and has a deep weight in my life has become a sort of “cure”.

«As soon as I feel the absence of the camera […], just then do I shoot.»

I need to look myself in the face and I do it through women like me, women that I choose carefully and with whom I somehow feel a bond, empathy. For me the shooting phase is the simplest, what really makes the difference is the knowledge and the degree of intimacy that I try to connect with each of them.

I contact them attracted by something that I can’t explain well what it is, then I get to know them… a coffee, a dinner is enough to let me enter their world and to let them enter the mine. As soon as I feel alchemy then I organize the shooting phase, I choose the location and the time when the sun can help me to better impress that state of mind which is mine and which will be that of the person who has most transmitted it to me. In my photos, there are always natural elements, the sea, the countryside, the sky, this gives me a deep sense of freedom and brings me back to my childhood.

There is always my mother, my mother when I was young, the clothes are what she wore when I was little. I always shoot in silence so as not to disturb and make myself as invisible as possible, music is my companion in my work and movement is the common denominator of my shots.

As soon as I feel the absence of the camera and I see my family, my emotions, my sorrows, my joys, my anxieties, my life in front of me, just then do I shoot.

In your work, we can see an alternation between warm and natural colors and black and white shots. How and when do you decide which style to use? 

I am Sicilian, mine is a warm land, it is the land of a thousand shades and a thousand contradictions, shadow and light are the masters, there is good and evil, black and white and there are colors, the natural colors of the sky, the sea, the barren countryside; and I have a thousand different Ivana inside, to which I decide to always give free rein without labels of any kind, there is an Ivana open to what the earth with its natural colors gives it and there is one closed in its shell to which this does not matter.

Is there a photograph to which you are more attached? Tell us about it.

“Abissi”, this is the title of the photo I want to talk about, was taken on 26 May this year, after almost three months of quarantine spent in a hotel room in total solitude. They were weeks of total apathy and more or less lucid reflections on my life. 
I was exhausted, I felt myself sinking.

“Abissi”

When I met Beatrice I didn’t have many stimuli and I had no idea what we could do together but I felt the need to snap out of it. In the end I photographed that abyss into which I had descended and from which I was perhaps asking for help. 

And that was the way I had experienced it.

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The importance of the body in the shots of Anouk Brouwer

The importance of the body in the shots of Anouk Brouwer

Giulia Guido · 8 hours ago · Art, Photography

The only universal language is that of the body. If a person tells us in a language we don’t know that they’re sad, we’re not able to, but if they’re crying we immediately understand their mood. 
Our body is a very powerful means to convey thoughts, emotions and feelings, we just need to know how to use it. Anouk Brouwer certainly knows how to do it, and her photographs are undeniable proof of this. 

Anouk Brouwer was born in 1993 in the Netherlands and after years of studies that took her around the world, from The New York Film Academy to The Amsterdam Fashion Institute & Ryerson School of Fashion, today she lives and works in Tokyo. 
Her degrees in acting and fashion, combined with her constant search for ways to express herself, have led her to shoot images in which the performance of the body becomes pure art. 

– Read also: Geometries of the body in Lin Yung Cheng’s shots

In her series “Irrationality“, inspired by the story of two artists who fall in love despite speaking two different languages, we find this use of the human body perfectly. The bodies of Solène and Lin touch each other, brush against each other, interlock in a game that needs no words. 

But Anouk Brouwer’s work does not end with photography. A year ago, in fact, she made her first short film, entitled “Body Language” in which the protagonist expresses her values and feelings only through her movements. 

Check out “Body Language” below and follow Anouk Brouwer on Instagram so you don’t miss out on her upcoming work!

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Cinematography – Euphoria

Cinematography – Euphoria

Giordana Bonanno · 2 days ago · Photography

It’s been more than a year since the 2019 release of Euphoria, an HBO series written and scripted by Sam Levinson, but some are still wondering if it’s “the best series about adolescence since Skins” – maybe it is? What is certain, however, is the growing success and superlative reviews it continues to garner following the December 6 release of the special episode about the main character Rue.

We previously told you the story here, today we return to it by analyzing the dynamic and fascinating aesthetic of the footage and comparing it to the photography of Laura Lobos, whose goal is to depict the life, everyday life and interpersonal relationships of the new generation.

Both stories feature young boys as protagonists, but what makes them exciting in the eyes of the viewer and memorable over time is that they are universal expressions of feelings, concerns, and states of mind regardless of age. Euphoria’s success is also due to the themes it deals with: addiction, gender change, toxic masculinity, body positivity. These are the issues that unite the characters and the audience, “I think part of the experience of growing up, getting through high school, is realizing that any person is going to go through some shitty times. That you are the way you are because of the traumas you’ve overcome. Or not.” said director Levinson.

Marcell Rév, on the other hand, is the director of photography who recreated a beautifully stylized aesthetic to tap into the inner world of the teens. For the color palette, they kept changes simple but impactful, “It has to be colored a certain way, to feel that elevation. But we didn’t want it to look like the colors of the rainbow, or without a real system. So, most of the time, we use primary colors, and I rely a lot on the orange-blue color contrast, which is really key,” says the cinematographer. “We use it in both night and daytime scenes.” Real emotional realism.

Another stylistic feature to highlight is the sophisticated camera movement that recurs especially in the first season, from highly cinematic lighting to a saturated color palette.

In the meantime, a preview of the second special episode dedicated to Jules has been released, due out on January 24th. We can not wait to find out what happens next, in the meantime let us be accompanied by the soundtrack of Labrinth as we browse some frames from the film and photographs of @lauralobos.

Did you know: Hunter Schafer got an audition via Instagram and it’s her acting debut.

Genre: Drama
Director: Sam Levinson
Director of photography: Marcell Rév
Stars: Hunter Schafer, Zendaya, Maude Apatow

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Freedom and femininity in the shots by Caroline Dare

Freedom and femininity in the shots by Caroline Dare

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Art, Photography

Born in 1994, Caroline Dare is a young American artist and photographer who now lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Her passion for photography was born when she was still a child and by pure chance, she took some pictures of one of her sisters. 

From that moment on, her love for the lens has never abandoned her and, since she shot with an analogue camera, neither has her love for film. 

Caroline Dare doesn’t set limits for herself: in addition to photographing herself and boys and girls in their intimacy, in stolen moments and on the move, she often shoots her surroundings, whether it’s the landscape seen from the window or a simple object. Anything can prove to be the ideal subject for the perfect shot. 

The thick grain of the film blends with the colors and nuances of the shots that range from yellow to blue to red. Caroline’s are spontaneous photographs that speak to us of freedom, of the body and mind, and of femininity. 

Discover below a selection of her shots and follow Caroline Dare on Instagram not to miss all her work. 

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Naomi Anderson Subryan, an extravagant collage artist

Naomi Anderson Subryan, an extravagant collage artist

Collater.al Contributors · 2 days ago · Art

Naomi Anderson Subryan is a British illustrator, collage artist and ceramicist with an eccentric and quirky style. After graduating in illustration from Camberwell College of Arts in London, Naomi began her career as a freelance artist working with clients large and small. Her unique style and original aesthetic have made her a sought-after artist and she is now one of the most exciting young talents on the London scene.

In addition to making cute and quirky ceramic objects, Naomi Anderson Subryan stands out on the scene for her extraordinary paper collages. By mixing shapes, colors, textures and materials, the British artist transforms paper into small silhouettes and turns each of her creations into a lively work of art.
Her works look very simple but conceal a long production process. The collages require an intense tactile process and a deep connection with materials, images and shapes.

– Read also: Eiko Ojala minimal paper art

The subjects of her creations are often humans, animals, familiar personalities and characters from films and TV series. Naomi takes inspiration from her surroundings, reinterprets the images, exaggerates with colors and transforms the familiar into something new.

We’ve selected her flashiest collages here, but to see them all, follow her on Instagram or visit her personal website.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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