To the notes of MJ, the music of “The last dance”

To the notes of MJ, the music of “The last dance”

Emanuele D'Angelo · 11 months ago · Music

It was 1963, in America radios were playing “It’s now or never” by Elvis Presley, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was leading the country and in mid-February in New York the great basketball star Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born.
Today, years later, thanks to the precious material of ESPN and Netflix we are reliving emotions and retracing the 97-98 season of the Chicago Bulls.
The story of an absolute myth, a man who wrote every record, but not only, a team that managed to leave an indelible mark in our memory.

The Last Dance“, the last dance is a tailor-made dress made for MJ, from music to dialogue, a tour through the golden years of hip-hop, which vaguely coincide both with the beginning of Jordan’s career and the rise to the cultural limelight of the NBA.
Initially, as Jason Hehir, the director of the series himself admits, the idea was to have Kendrick Lamar record all the songs used in the series in a modern key, but the project proved too time-consuming. So the director chose the original music of the time, telling the story of the 80s and 90s and the world where “the Bulls” lived.

The first song on the playlist could only be “Sirius” from “The Alan Parsons Project“, an unforgettable song for all sports fans and especially the Bulls.The love story with this song was born in 1984 when the speaker of the Bulls, Tommy Davis, listened to “Sirius” while he was sitting in a theater waiting for the beginning of a movie. On the way home in a hurry, he stopped to buy the record and rehearsed the line-up with the music in the background all day long.
In a short time, “Sirius” went through Chicago Stadium like an electric shock and, over time, many professional teams from every sport used this beautiful song, in Italy the first to use it was Sassuolo football.

One of the songs that symbolizes the highlights is definitely “I ain’t no joke” by Erik B & Rakim, which fully describes that boy from North Carolina, chosen third in the draft by the Bulls. A rhythm that accompanies every step of the young basketball player who has always done seriously, showing his potential on the field.

To open the documentary was chosen “Been Around the World“, the 1997 Puff Daddy’s song with Mase and B.I.G. is the perfect ally to tell and capture the cultural glamour that the Bulls had achieved in the late nineties.

Rudy Chung, the music supervisor of the series has thought of everything, some songs make the difference like: “The Maestro“, a Beastie Boys song that is halfway between punk rock and rap, but that perfectly describes the chaotic style of play of Dennis Rodman and his colorful public life. Or “How ya like me now” by Kool Moe Dee that accompanies a celebratory sequence after Jordan’s first playoff triumph over the hated Detroit Pistons. The editing of Jordan’s 63-point playoff game against the Celtics in 1985-86 is perfectly synchronized with the percussion boom and the flow of LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad”.

One of the most moving moments in MJ‘s life, however, is when his father’s lifeless body is found. This dramatic event in the documentary produced by Netflix is accompanied by Simon & Garfunkel’s famous “The sound of silence”. A difficult moment to go through even for the strongest athlete of all time who, because of his grief, will decide to retire and end his career early. A choice not made by chance, given the scandals that overwhelmed him, Magic Jordan over the years had some problems with gambling and many journalists tried to hypothesize a correlation between the two events, in fact never experienced before.

From hip-hop – undoubtedly a dominant influence – to rock to RnB, from Notorious B.I.G. to the Beastie Boys, to Janet Jackson, 55 tracks that tell the story of one of the strongest NBA franchises ever. They tell the story of a man like all of us, fragile with his worries, but who hasn’t lost sight of his goal: to be the best ever. A man who retired for the third time definitively in the 2002-03 season, when Eminem dominated the charts with “Lose yourself” and George Bush at the helm of the country, but to whom even today artists like Drake and Future still dedicate pieces like “Jumpman“.

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Can Dağarslanı’s photography breaks up the everyday

Can Dağarslanı’s photography breaks up the everyday

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

A thing is or is not. It exists or it is completely invented. It is part of reality or it belongs to an imaginary world, that of fantasy or dreams. Yet Can Dağarslanı‘s photographs make us doubt that this is the case. 

Can Dağarslanı is an architect, a graduate of the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul, but over time he has discovered himself to be an exceptionally talented photographer. His relationship with photography is closely linked to architecture, especially the organisation and perception of space. 

Contrary to what we might think, Can does not photograph urban landscapes or buildings, but uses the concepts he acquired as an architect to create perfect compositions. Every element we find in his shots is perfectly balanced: the subject is at the centre of the scene, big enough to capture the viewer’s attention, but not completely detracting from the surroundings and the background. 

This balance that we find in the composition is not found in the subjects. It is as if Can Dağarslanı wants to shake up reality and each time he manages to add an element that turns the shots into photographs that border on the surreal, but not absurd. 

Often this effect is achieved through the use of colour, and the shot of a girl lying on the grass in the middle of a forest is a perfect example of this: many would have chosen neutral colours for her clothes, others would perhaps have opted for nudity, but Can Dağarslanı has chosen completely red clothes. It’s not fantasy, it’s a different reality from what we expect, from what we are used to living. 

Below you can find a selection of Can Dağarslanı’s shots, but to find out more visit his website and to make sure you don’t miss his upcoming work follow him on Instagram

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Xhosa Fray Chinn, a sensorial photographer and film maker

Xhosa Fray Chinn, a sensorial photographer and film maker

Federica Cimorelli · 21 hours ago · Photography

Xhosa Fray-Chinn is a Brooklyn-based photographer and filmmaker who describes his work as something sensory. His light, dreamy, nostalgic aesthetic is a pretext for making the audience empathize with the stories he tells and bring the viewer into his shoes.

Xhosa Fray-Chinn has collaborated with clients such as VOGUE ITALIA, Reebok, Mary Young, Soulmatter, Elsewhere, Laugh.Events and MiCasa, but in the past year he has managed to deepen his style and poetics even more.

The current events have definitely affected my photography. Recently, I’ve been creating a lot from emotion and using everything going on, not only social injustices but the pandemic and other world issues to fuel my work. Creating this way allows me to quickly find inspo and work without too much thinking and more doing”.

– Read also: The intimate and analogue shots by Arnaud Ele

His multi-disciplinary artistic process seeks to showcase the beauty of the black experience to the rest of the world, his approach is creative, expressive and rich in style.

Check out a selection of his photographs here, follow him on Instagram, and visit his personal website.

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The intimate and analogue shots by Arnaud Ele

The intimate and analogue shots by Arnaud Ele

Giulia Guido · 3 days ago · Photography

Fashion photography, but not only. Arnaud Ele‘s shots have that extra something to leave the viewer in contemplation. 
Born in Cameroon, where he spent the first five years of his life, Arnaud Ele grew up between France and Switzerland and completed his studies in Geneva, specialising in directing at the Cinema School. It is his background, or perhaps his personal history, that gives his photographic production a special edge. 

Arnaud is known for his fashion photography and has worked for Diesel, adidas, Vogue Portugal and many other renowned brands and magazines, yet when we look at his shots we are confronted with images that are far removed from the fashion photography we commonly imagine.  

The choice of analogue gives the shots a certain uniqueness and shows that Arnaud Ele is a specialist in capturing the right moment. The tone, on the other hand, is documentary-like. It is no coincidence that, in addition to fashion photography, the photographer has also made a name for himself with series shot in Switzerland or in his home country. 

Whether it is a landscape, a portrait or a still life, there is always an intimate atmosphere in the shots that only a few can enjoy. 

We have selected just a few of his photographs, but to find out more visit Arnaud Ele’s website and follow him on Instagram

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More than bodies, Rony Hernandes’ photography

More than bodies, Rony Hernandes’ photography

Claudia Fuggetti · 3 days ago · Photography

Rony Hernandes is a model and photographer who uses body exploration as an expressive means to embark on new paths and depict characters who fully explore their sexuality without taboos. The artist tells his approach to photography as follows:

“Photography became a part of my life when I realized that I could go through what I felt and felt with the camera in hand, I express myself through self-portraits and stories.”

All images have a perfect composition and tend to highlight with great elegance body aesthetic harmony in every shape. The management of light is accurate and suggestive; nothing is left to chance, indeed, behind every shot there is a large study that contributes to a global representation of multiple moods that arouse strong emotions in the viewer.

On Rony’s Instagram profile you can find other very interesting images, in the meantime have a look at our gallery.

Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
Non solo corpi, gli scatti di Junior Rony Hernandes | Collater.al
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More than bodies, Rony Hernandes' photography | Collater.al
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