The world seen through Marta Passalacqua’s lens

The world seen through Marta Passalacqua’s lens

Giulia Guido · 6 months ago · Photography

There are photographs that seem to have been taken in a distant future and others that, although taken today, have the bittersweet taste of distant memories. Marta Passalacqua‘s shots are just like that.

Born in 1987, Marta was born in Palermo, where she studied architecture and took up photography. It is her beloved city that comes alive in her work: black and white shots that take us through the streets and roads to discover glimpses and faces that hide stories that immediately catch our eye.

But Marta is not only this. During the first lockdown she also dedicated herself to more intimate photography, focusing on women, their femininity and their bodies.

A selection of shots by Marta Passalacqua 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.

Don’t miss the interview below and to find out more, don’t forget to follow Marta on Instagram!

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What is the first memory you have related to photography?

From a very young age, I spent hours leafing through photo albums: the drawer in the window of the studio was like a treasure chest. I remember rainy winter afternoons, sitting on the floor with these mostly yellow stacks around me: on one side the ones I had already ‘reviewed’, on the other the ones I still had to look at.

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When I was young, my father had also tried his hand at photography, analogue of course, with a darkroom set up at home. I was astonished to admire my mother’s black and white portraits, the faces of the fishermen, the boats, the festivals, the plays. Everything was suspended, motionless, eternal.

When I was six and a half years old, during my brother’s baptism, celebrated in a small village church where we used to holiday in the summer, I took my first ‘official’ photos, and I still remember the emotion I felt.

What do you want to tell with your photos?

Over the years, photography has increasingly become a necessity for me.
I have always been a good observer and I felt the need to give back, in some way, my vision of the world, of what surrounds me, so, first and foremost, my shots speak of me, of reality through the filter of my perception.
My first love is undoubtedly Palermo, my city: with its streets, its faces, its customs, its thousands of small, magical, hidden worlds.
Each photographed subject is a universe in itself, with a story made up of fears, dreams, pain and desires. And this is perhaps the greatest challenge for me: to be able to capture and tell a fragment of that existence.

Your photographs are often in black and white. What makes you choose this style and what characteristics do you appreciate most?

To paraphrase a sentence I read some time ago, I think black and white speaks directly to the soul. For me it’s all a sentimental question, it’s the shot that asks me. It has a very strong evocative power and immediately refers to the inner self, an operation of subtraction that allows you to concentrate on the essential, eliminating the “distraction” that colour sometimes creates. The amazing thing is that our eye can still perceive the missing colour: blue eyes in black and white, for example, are equally intense and striking.

For Paratissima, you will be exhibiting in the “Please, Take Care” section. Tell us about the shots that will be featured.

I am intimately linked to the project I will be exhibiting at Paratissima. It is entitled “questo corpo” and it stems from my deep need to tell the female nude in a different way, eliminating the purely pornographic aspect with which it is often associated.
I think that the female point of view, that of a woman photographing a woman’s body, can highlight all the power, charm, eros, but also the fragility and delicacy that our exposed skin expresses. And it is precisely this intimate relationship between ourselves and our flesh that undoubtedly deserves consideration and attention: a “Please, take care” that has to do with the most intrinsic and at the same time material part of ourselves, “this body”.

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Is there a shot of yours to which you are most attached? Tell us about it.

I am attached to so many of my shots, each one carries with it the moment, the place and even my mood at that moment.
One comes to mind, taken during the feast of St Joseph. In many towns in Sicily, large piles of wood are made and set on fire in the streets.
It’s an ancient tradition that endures in the most popular neighbourhoods. On this occasion, I went to the heart of the Kalsa, the old Arab citadel of Palermo.

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I found myself in front of a veritable assembly line: the adults were making sure that the pile of furniture and planks held its height, while the children continued to collect various types of wood from who knows where, a veritable procession.

It was dark and the conditions for taking pictures were very poor, but I was hypnotized. I approached a small group of ‘little more than children’ who were devising other ways to find more objects to burn: I took the picture at the same time as, annoyed, they noticed me. The initial mistrust changed almost immediately into curiosity and happiness, and we became friends after a few moments!
But that shot, the first one, despite being a bit ‘dirty’ because of the low light, I find it beautiful and intense. The perfect example of my love for the street: that unrepeatable and ungovernable moment of reality that shows itself in its most powerful and unfiltered version.

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InstHunt Special Edition – Flowers

InstHunt Special Edition – Flowers

Giordana Bonanno · 19 hours ago · Photography

InstHunt Special Edition is a collection of your best photos that follow a specific theme. Each month it will have a dedicated title and you will give it life through your shots.  

This month’s theme was Flowers: the Nature’s true works of art, created with perfect shapes and colors. There are many ways to shoot this subject but it becomes more interesting when the imagination takes over reality and transforms the flowers into true characters.

The selection of your best photos below!

Stay tuned and go follow our Instagram @collateral.photo page to discover the theme of the next issue InstHunt Special Edition. 

Be creative Be part of @collater.al

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The bond between man and nature in Alexandre Delamadeleine’s photographs

The bond between man and nature in Alexandre Delamadeleine’s photographs

Giulia Guido · 5 days ago · Photography

The human body and its environment merge into one in Alexandre Delamadeleine‘s breathtaking shots. 

Alexandre Delamadeleine is a French photographer born in Annecy, who now lives in Paris, but it is not the city’s busy streets and building facades that catch his eye. Interested in the works of the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, especially the essay “Nature” (1836) in which he addresses various themes such as the meaning of nature, beauty, the language of nature and how to establish a true relationship with it, Alexandre tries to explore the same topics through his images. 

In the photographic series “Balance” and “Playground” we can see his style and the subjects he photographs to express his point of view and his thoughts. 

These are shots in which the surroundings, be it a plain, a beach or a rock face, are predominant and occupy a large part of the space. Within this, however, there is always a young woman whose movements and positions are captured. Positions that perfectly underline how Man is now part of nature, assimilated into it, and therefore it is no longer necessary to stand up to demonstrate a non-existent superiority, but the body lets itself go, falls, rolls, jumps, merges with the elements that surround it. 

The final result is shots with surreal and ethereal atmospheres created by a light that never blinds, but is always gentle and relaxing. Looking at Alexandre Delamadeleine’s shots, we can’t help but breathe a sigh of relief, hoping to experience that freedom sooner or later. 

Check out a selection of shots below and visit Alexandre’s website and follow him on Instagram to make sure you don’t miss his upcoming work. 

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Tamara Lichtenstein and her analog and female photography

Tamara Lichtenstein and her analog and female photography

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Photography

They could be frames from a film or photographs from a personal diary from the 1980s. Tamara Lichtenstein‘s analog shots enclose a timeless beauty that never tires. 

Originally from Bolivia, Tamara lives in Hudston, Texas, and started taking pictures when she was still a little girl, when her mother gave her a camera and decided to put all her creativity into the shots she took. 

Today Tamara Lichtenstein’s name is internationally recognized and, in addition to collaborating with different brands and clients, she has realized several personal projects that have literally captured our attention and our hearts.

At the center of Tamara’s artistic research we can surely find the female universe and its facets: leafing through her shots we meet faces and bodies without filters, wrapped in their natural beauty. 

The grain and style of analog photography combined with the perfect use of light and the effects of double exposure, a recurring technique in Tamara’s shots, give the photographs a cinematographic style that is impossible to forget. 

Below you can find a selection of the shots, but to find out more visit Tamara Lichtenstein’s website and Instagram profile.  

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Kamonwan Norralak and her photographic experiments

Kamonwan Norralak and her photographic experiments

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

The first thing that impressed us about Kamonwan Norralak was her age. The Thai photographer is only 19 years old, yet she has already defined her style and is always trying something new.

As is often the case, Kamonwan Norralak started taking pictures at the age of 15 almost by accident, taking pictures with her mobile phone or photographing her favourite band at a concert. But the more time passed, the more her passion grew, so much so that she forgot her dream of becoming a designer or architect.

Her work, her approach and her subjects have changed a lot over the years, and three projects that she herself talked about are proof of this. The first, which she took two years ago, is the most conceptual and focuses on food. In what could be an exercise in style, Kamonwan has rethought food, imagining certain foods out of their ordinary guise and creating surreal images.

With the second project, “Friends”, Kamonwan focused her lens on one of her friends, proving that you don’t have to be a model to be the star of a photo shoot that gets right to the viewer.

The last one, entitled “Reverse”, is the project the photographer presented for her graduation. In these shots in which the focus is all on the subject and the black backdrop that seems to swallow him up, Kamonwan wants to tell us that in her opinion what we show to others is nothing more than a reflection of who we really are.

If you are curious about Kamonwan Norralak’s upcoming photographic projects, follow her on Instagram and check out a selection of her shots below.

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