World War II revisited by Joe Cruz

World War II revisited by Joe Cruz

Chiara Sabella · 1 month ago · Art

For the launch of its new permanent galleries on World War II, London’s Imperial War Museum (IWM) decides to tell the story of one of the darkest moments in modern history through art. In collaboration with artist Joe Cruz, the museum releases a limited edition of six prints that reinterpret the historical archive to highlight the global dimensions of the conflict.

In a recent survey conducted for IWM, less than half of respondents are aware of India’s wartime contribution to the Allies during World War II. Similarly, many British Empire colonies were hard pressed for manpower and resources. Excluding volunteers, many were exploited and forced into hard labor to contribute to the terrible cause, the same faces that risk being lost in the pages of history today.

To highlight “their strength, heroism and hard work” that characterized life in the colonies during the conflict, Joe Cruz chooses a bright style, able to transform historical B/W shots into strong and vivid compositions. His goal is to show the dramatic experiences that involved people from all parts of the globe. In doing so, the artist gives us his own personal key: “I wanted my creations to be bold and energetic to convey both the full force of the subjects” – he tells Creative Boom in an interview – “and to take them into a hyper-acidic and unreal realm that strays away from romance and nostalgia.”

In this way, Joe Cruz dyes the uniforms of the men who were trained in the use of bombs and those employed in signal units with electric blue, since they were literate. The sky is colored with fluorescent tones, along with the veils of the nuns who assist the civilians of Gibraltar, forced to leave the hospitals, while the bright yellow uniforms of the African soldiers show us how they were often recruited in unarmed work units. Each photograph reveals a different aspect of the “war machine”, symbolically representing the work of all hands exploited by the Crown to continue the conflict. The poet Fernando Pessoa states that art describes things for “how they are felt, how one feels they should be”, this is perhaps the reason that leads Cruz to move away from the somber tones, to surprise us with a story that emphasizes its mistakes in order to be reborn.
With a poetics that spans art, design, graphics and fashion, Joe Cruz keeps us suspended between photographic shots that resemble garish paintings, in a mixed media approach.

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Davide Ambroggio, an ancestral memory

Davide Ambroggio, an ancestral memory

Tommaso Berra · 5 days ago · Photography

To what extent and with what intensity can we establish an intimate relationship with nature? Davide Ambroggio‘s shots bear witness to the abandonment of a body to the order of nature. Skin is stung by blades of tall, wild grass, while the sun burns the plants and becomes the guardian of a balance that is being rebuilt.
Alessandra’s eyes are naked like her body, they look at the ground that has no certainties, except in the symbolic image of a pier that leads to bristling brambles. Davide Ambroggio’s series of shots has a central moment in which the gaze rises to the level of the horizon, and more definitively in a spiritual tension that tends to the height of the sky.
The photographs in this series are an erotic tale of man’s adaptation to nature, first to the sun, then to the earth and finally to water, which in the last shots welcomes and preserves an ancestral secret.

Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al
Davide Ambroggio | Collater.al

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Edoardo Lavagno’s folded arms

Edoardo Lavagno’s folded arms

Tommaso Berra · 4 days ago · Art, Photography

The half-closed lips and the frost in the eyes leave unspoken words in the air, speeches left unsaid and stifled by the poses of the naked bodies. The closed shoulders and tight arms that twist around the body like roots.
Edoardo Lavagno‘s shots portray very different women, but they seem to be frames of the same biographical film. The delicacy of a hand that casts a shadow on the sheets has the outline of a mysterious dream, in which there is a reserved eroticism that does not overflow from emotional privacy.
The walls of the houses are the background of the shots, physical limits that watch over and protect the search for freedom of expression.
There is always a window that keeps the women portrayed by Edoardo Lavagno company, a presence of light that underlines the bodies and defines their warmth, both in the color shots and in the black and white ones.

Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | Collater.al
Edoardo Lavagno | 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 · 3 days 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: @my_perfect_little_world, @valerycia, @obsessive.ph0t0graphy, @the_rain_coyote, @albachiara.fotografie, @reportageofmylife, @laura.mangelli, @missgherard, @_gary0104, @yehorova.photo.

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

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week
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Colours and sport in the photos of Ilanna Barkusky

Colours and sport in the photos of Ilanna Barkusky

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

The world is not just black and white, nor is it just different shades of grey. The world is multicoloured, you just have to have the right eye to see it. Ilanna Barkusky seems to have it and also seems to have the talent to capture it in aerial shots that combine sport and aesthetics. 

Ilanna Barkusky is a young photographer born in Vancouver, Canada, who now lives and works in Los Angeles. Ilanna’s passion, which has also become the field in which she specialises as a photographer, is sport. From a young age she has been involved in various sports, both by playing them and then by following them with a camera. 

The aim of her work is to capture an unrepeatable moment, a gesture or a body position that is almost impossible to see with the naked eye.
What characterises her work, however, and in particular her series entitled ‘Colour Series‘, is the focus on colours. 

Before shooting, Ilanna Barkusky does a lengthy search on Google Earth for fields and tracks painted by urban artists that become multicoloured backgrounds for her drone shots, always at the same time of day. 

Ilanna Barkusky
Ilanna Barkusky
Ilanna Barkusky
Ilanna Barkusky
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