Era Mare, a photographic book that makes Venice re-emerge

Era Mare, a photographic book that makes Venice re-emerge

Anna Cardaci · 1 year ago · Photography

Era Mare is a recently published photo book that recounts the disaster caused by the high tide that hit the Venice lagoon last November.

It’s a book of about 24 pages with photographs and texts both in Italian and English. All the proceeds will go to the cultural association Do.Ve, formed by private individuals and commercial activities that for a couple of years have been involved in the protection and enhancement of part of the district of Dorsoduro. The association, in turn, has undertaken to use the money from the sale to help those who, after the high water, have not yet been able to start again.

The project was born thanks to the photographer Matteo de Mayda who was present in those days in the Venetian city. The artist documented what happened and from his very touching shots started Era Mare, a project formed with the support of the bruno studio (Andrea Codolo and Giacomo Covacich) and the texts of the curator Francesca Seravalle.
The particularity of the publication is that it is divided into two halves: one emerged and one submerged, with the apparently normal upper part acquiring a completely different meaning and impact when completed by the lower one.

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A silent silence persisted and erased the defined contours between the foundations and the rii, between the canals and the calli, swallowing the streets and isolating the bridges, elected as meeting places where the few remaining inhabitants could greet each other in the dry. Every now and then, for a few hours, it happened that the underwater world would emerge, showing magnificent Byzantine mosaics, Palladian and Venetian style terraces – cit. Francesca Seravalle.

Matteo, in the days of the flood, was in Venice with the idea of taking a few shots for the city where high water was the norm without expecting extraordinary events. What you can perceive from his shots is surely the irony with which this event was faced and the strength of the Venetian people who reacted in the best way.

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Every shot of Era Mare is delicate, conveying strong and contrasting sensations, telling a story and avoiding the storyline of the damage out of respect for the people affected. The reportage tells the suspended and fragile atmosphere of Venice, its lagoon and the Venetians.

If you also want to help small traders who have suffered big damages, you can go to the site and make a donation of your choice! For each donation, the book is given as a gift and sent home.

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Lavinia Cernau photographs the essence of summer

Lavinia Cernau photographs the essence of summer

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

It is on days like these when the temperatures start to rise and the days get longer, that we feel a strange nostalgia for summer. A dual feeling that manifests itself both as a lack of past summers and as impatience in waiting for the one that is about to begin. Then, every time it finally arrives it seems strange, but it only takes a few days, just a weekend at the beach, to get back to feeling comfortable with our legs uncovered and the sun caressing our skin.
In this time, however, when even a short trip out of town seems like a colossal undertaking, Lavinia Cernau‘s photographs come to our aid and cure our nostalgia. 

Lavinia Cernau is a photographer based in Transylvania, Romania, and although this land offers unique landscapes to which she is very attached, photography has led her to explore other places. 

From the Greek islands to the Spanish beaches, from the south of France to the Italian coast, Lavinia goes where summer is at its best and with her camera she is always ready to capture it, to imprint it forever in images that could be part of anyone’s holiday album. 

No matter where she is, the fundamental element of her artistic production is the warm and embracing light. The colours of dawn and dusk cover everything with a patina that transforms views and vistas into magical places.

“As a photographer, I’m drawn to the contrast between light and shadow at sunrise or sunset – both my favorite times to shoot.”

As we browse through her portfolio, we are reminded of the scents of summer, the sound of pine trees blowing in the wind, the salt that remains on the skin, the pleasure of an ice-cold drink, the hours spent sunbathing.  

Lavinia Cernau’s shots are distinguished by a particular aesthetic that seems to have come straight out of films such as “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, where life seems more beautiful and easier just because it is lived a stone’s throw from a cliff that plunges into the blue sea.
In fact, the world of cinema is not far from the photographer’s imagination, as she told us: “I find I think of what I’m going to shoot as cinema stills as I always want my images to tell a story. I want people to be moved, to relate to a feeling inside them when they look at my pictures..”

Read also: Guillaume Gaubert’s photos, memories of a past summer

Lavinia Cernau manages to encapsulate the whole atmosphere of summer in one image. Below you can find some of her shots, but to find out more visit her website and follow her on Instagram

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“Sesso italiano” the photographic project by Martina Dendi and Lorenzo Paci

“Sesso italiano” the photographic project by Martina Dendi and Lorenzo Paci

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

Checked tablecloth, spaghetti with sauce, red wine, him in a white tank top and her in a housecoat: this is the Italy of stereotypes, this is the Bel Paese seen by others, this is “Sesso italiano“, the photographic project by Martina Dendi and Lorenzo Paci

Born in 1994, Martina Dendi was born in Livorno and is a photographer who built up her background and knowledge at the LABA in Florence, Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, the Accademia di Brera in Milan and the Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem in Budapest. Today he lives in Milan and has already produced the photobook Caducità and several exhibitions. 

A year younger, Lorenzo Paci was born in Cecina, where he still works as a barman. Attracted by the world of theatre and the art of acting since he was a teenager, today he continues to participate in productions and short films.

The meeting between Martina and Lorenzo gave birth to “Sesso italiano“, a photographic project that starts from the most common stereotypes linked to Italy and recontextualises them. The images update the clichés that often characterise us abroad (or on which we sometimes make bitter jokes ourselves) and show how they are paradoxical and grotesque in today’s world. 

There are three themes in particular that Martina and Lorenzo question: religion, patriotism and family. These themes are represented through recognisable symbols such as a crucifix around the neck or the national team jersey.

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God.
The Italy of the roaring ’60s, the economic boom and Fred Bongusto is evoked here, a reality that clashes violently with our generation, touched by the 2008 crisis and Covid.
The climate of suspension of the total, with its plastic, forced poses, is disrupted in detail: thus a catharsis takes place of all the repressed sexuality that that generation had to endure because of the constant presence of taboos in their lives.

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Homeland.
The moment of the match is the peak of Italian patriotism.
In a very young nation, which has never managed to quell the enmities between neighbouring countries, when ‘Italy plays’ we become the proudest and most cohesive of peoples.
Italy, clad only in its flag, attends the match alongside its fan-lover.
Their complicated relationship only finds peace in this context.

Family.
A clear homage to Casa Vianello, we find ourselves in the most intimate moment of the day.
Sourja, the only “daughter” they can afford given their job insecurity, keeps them company.
The disillusionment with the future is catalysed in a perpetual search for stimuli that distracts from the present and weakens every impulse
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Once we have finished looking at the photographs in “Sesso italiano“, we cannot help but wonder whether these stereotypes, these clichés that distinguish us and that have characterised us for so long have stood the test of time or whether, adapted to today, they are merely a caricature of a reality that is no longer our own. 

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Between reality and fiction, the photography by Ibai Acevedo

Between reality and fiction, the photography by Ibai Acevedo

Giulia Guido · 10 hours ago · Photography

Born in 1984 in Barcelona, Ibai Acevedo is a photographer who, thanks to his shots, takes us into a world on the border between dream and reality. 

The one between Ibai and photography was neither a love born as a child, nor a love at first sight: there was a time, that seems so far away in which he was a graphic designer and in which he spent the summers peacefully, without having to take pictures of anything. Then something slowly changed. 

Ibai Acevedo

Today Ibai Acevedo has found in the camera the means to express emotions and states of mind. To do this he has developed a very particular style, able to capture us and never let us go. 

Through an almost exasperated and unnatural use of lights and colors, Ibai Acevedo manages to transform ordinary subjects and places, such as a bedroom or a bath in the sea, into something extraordinary and surreal. 

We recognize everything in his shots, each element seems real but at the same time impossible. 

– Read also: The natural and fleeting portraits by Nirish Shakya aka Nizzah

Ibai Acevedo’s portfolio is a journey into the oneiric, ready to dive in?

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Self-Portrait, Sofia Masini delicate portraits

Self-Portrait, Sofia Masini delicate portraits

Giulia Pacciardi · 10 hours ago · Photography

From the pictorial self-portraits of the past to the self-portraits taken with a smartphone, humans have always been fascinated by the photographic representation of themselves.
In fact, to question the meaning of beauty and identity, the Milanese photographer Sofia Masini created a series of surreal nudes against the backdrop of an empty apartment.

Her portraits, which are very delicate in colours are very strong in form. Distorted nudes, faceless figures jamming into the body, in strange corners created by the same arts.

A project that, according to the words of the photographer herself, allowed her to listen to her body, look inside without filters and find a safe space where she can express her feelings without fear.

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