One Shot: loneliness in a surreal shot by Paolo Barretta

One Shot: loneliness in a surreal shot by Paolo Barretta

Laura Tota · 1 year ago · Photography

Paolo Barretta is an Italian photographer with an extremely intimate and dreamlike research: his images, skilfully and cinematically composed, transpose moods and sensations related to loneliness and restlessness through the photographic language. Winner of the prestigious Portrait Of Humanity award organized by the British Journal Of Photography in 2021, he has exhibited his works in Australia, Italy, France, India and Ireland.
We chose to let Paolo talk us about this shot, full of evocative suggestions, but also elaborated in post-production.

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Your photos often translate moods into images. In this case, what mood did you want to represent and why exactly in this form?

I took this image during the covid quarantine. Being locked up alone at home for more than 10 days gave me the opportunity to feel truly isolated from everything else, giving me the incentive to create something that could represent this bubble.
But not only that, covid is just a more general structure to imprint something that already exists. I am particularly fond of the concept of inner places, and with this image I wanted to represent an internal place I seek answers from, a place where I try to have a comparison as myself, a place where reason and feeling are specular but in contrast. The shape was a consequence, not having imagined the shot in this way.
The need to make everything surreal was revealed to me, just as the place I welcome inside me is surreal.

The lights in your photos are very important in creating the right atmosphere. In this case, you combine a warm light with a cold one: what is the purpose? Where did you take this shot?

I made this shot on an old mattress I rotated in post-production trying to make it look like a wall, a support, a dimensional plane.
The lights in my photography are very important, I would say they are even essential for the success of the work. I can’t tell you why I combine cold colors with warm colors, or vice versa. It is certainly such an internalized and well-rooted process within me that it is difficult for me to define it in a few words. Colors are my main form of emotional communication, and perhaps I use them in a certain way to draw attention to what interests me, to isolate what I want and remove it from the whole.

The two subjects, separated by a surface, do not observe each other and are positioned in an almost fetal position: how did you make this shot? are they two different subjects or the same subject portrayed in two different photos? how did you do the post production?

As previously mentioned, I made this shot by placing myself naked and in a vaguely fetal position on an old mattress. Initially it was supposed to have a more linear and cinematic reading, but since I let myself be inspired by the moment  in the post-production phase, I always open the door to the unexpected. It is often a reason for discovery.
The subject, i.e. me, was snapped only once. His mirror reflection is simply the same subject reversed in its position. I recreated the context around, rotated the image and made sure that both bodies were suspended vertically, emphasizing the dreamlike and surreal atmosphere I wanted to recreate.

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Not your usual Granny

Not your usual Granny

Giorgia Massari · 1 week ago · Photography

“But what will you do with all the photos you take of me, one is enough for the cemetery, you know!” comments the grandmother of photographer Alessia Spina, who has made her the undisputed protagonist of her latest project. Nonnetta is the title of the photographic project that marks the transgenerational bond. An exploration of intimacy led by a granddaughter armed with an analog camera, rooted in her family and traditions. In Alessia Spina’s photographs, Nonna Elvira embodies the essence of all grandmothers, and through these images, we witness a tapestry of glances, laughter, gestures, tastes, acts of care, and daily rituals, each imbued with an emotional depth that challenges capture. Spina’s project will be on display in Milan from October 1st to 13th as part of the PhotoFestival at Via Laghetto 2.

Nonna Elvira represents not only herself but all grandmothers. She seizes life with both hands, savoring its joys and laughter. She is a safe harbor, much like her beloved San Benedetto del Tronto, her hometown. She is a drawer filled with goodness, to be opened when needed, when it’s cold outside and the world inside aches. She is a repository of memories, brimming with the unique flavors of her cannelloni and a fragrance that fills the mind and heart, soothing even the deepest wounds, much like Proust’s madeleine.

In the frames captured by Alessia Spina, we witness the eternal beauty of the transgenerational bond, a tapestry woven from the threads of love, memories, and the essence of family. Nonnetta is not just a photographic project; it is a testament to the power of love and the timeless connections that bind generations together.

Ph Credits Alessia Spina

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Davide Degano’s Romanzo Meticcio

Davide Degano’s Romanzo Meticcio

Collater.al Contributors · 1 week ago · Photography

Davide Degano‘s project, Romanzo Meticcio, will be on display at Liquida from May 3rd to 5th. It is an analysis of the Italian post-colonial condition as a fundamental element of the contemporary life of the Bel Paese. The aim is to express a critical attitude towards Italy’s fascist heritage of the past in favor of a careful analysis of its effects on today’s society. If the narrative created by the Italian state – since its unification – is based on the identification of places and people considered marginal, the issue is more complicated than expected. To navigate this complex and layered issue, Degano employs an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes the need to consider the various marginalized categories in their co-presence and intersection rather than as separate entities.

Photography in the 1930s was a fundamental tool for justifying colonial policies and representing certain situations and people as marginal. Photographs thus became a performative act of exclusion. “Romanzo Meticcio” aims to create new imaginaries and cultural scenarios by questioning Italian identity to the core. With his work, Davide Degano aligns himself precisely in this direction, offering a critical and provocative look at Italian history and identity through an interdisciplinary work that embraces photography and narration.

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Giuseppe Scianna Shows Us A Turkey Still In Pieces

Giuseppe Scianna Shows Us A Turkey Still In Pieces

Giorgia Massari · 6 days ago · Photography

More than a year has passed since the two quakes of magnitude 6.4 and 5.8 that struck Turkey’s Hatay province. The spotlight has now died down but citizens continue to struggle for survival in inhumane conditions that strain their dignity. There is one photographer, Italian and very young, Giuseppe Scianna, class of ’99, who has decided to document the current situation to once again highlight the conditions of these people. Scianna is a photojournalist based in Sicily, and at the center of his work are often the most difficult social issues. From environmental pollution to life in the suburbs, Scianna has also worked with various NGOs and received the Sony World Photography Awards 2022. But let’s find out more about this project titled Limited Residency.

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Ahmed and Treves tries to salvage what he can from what remains of his home. There is often little time because the Turkish state is advancing in the demolition of unsafe buildings.. Ekinci 2023.

«These regions – those of Turkey affected by the earthquake – are inhabited by about four million people, displaced in the various municipalities and other parts of the country, who often live in makeshift settlements lacking any kind of health care,» explains Giuseppe Scianna who chose this area of Turkey – specifically the city of Hatay – to carry out his recent photographic project Limited Residence. «About 70 percent of the injured people have some form of disability,» Scianna continues, «as they do not have access to sanitation, they live in inadequate facilities, and their dignity and right to health are put at risk by the authorities and humanitarian aid.»

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The biggest problem concerns access to toilets; the communal facilities are inaccessible to people with poor or no mobility. Unable to go to the latrines, many people with disabilities have to get help from caregivers or depend on diaper supplies. Tavla 2023.

Testimony and empathy

What Giuseppe Scianna shows us in his shots is a Turkey still in pieces. His gaze is always gentle, still as a photojournalist but with an empathy that emerges. Women, children, men-everyone, no one excluded-are the protagonists of this misfortune and of his shots, which highlight on the one hand the strength and adaptability of human beings, and on the other hand the injustice and disregard of the authorities for a situation that goes against basic human rights. Giuseppe’s speech is touching, so we want to report it in full, hoping it will help bring attention to the problem.

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Çerman inside his small car wash. He lost his house entirely. Now his job is at risk because the car wash’s structure is not in perfect condition, but he cannot give up his job because of the big crisis. The monthly state aid is very little and does not guarantee meals every day.

People are psychologically broken in a precarious government situation. Monthly aid from the state does not guarantee a meal a day, also blamed on the drastically increased inflation of the Turkish lira. People continue uninterruptedly to salvage what is left of their homes, there is no more day and night due to the endless work of house demolition that amounts to about 300 thousand structures. There are endless expanses of debris fed by thousands of trucks that form veritable mountains of pulped houses. Many children have been traumatized by all this, many schools have collapsed and have been replaced by tents with many recreations because of the heat they give off. The government has sent the military engineer to inspect all structures that have apparently remained standing, but the tendency has been to underestimate the damage, this probably to reduce economic exposure regarding housing reconstruction grants. While everything is proceeding into an uncertain future, the people are responding with a great strength of humanity and sharing.

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Street Scenes. Ekinci 2023
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Detail of a kitchen. Tavla 2023.
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Boulem inspects the property of some residents in the village of Tavla.
He is a civil engineer from Adana who has volunteered to inspect many houses with suitable instruments to ascertain the fitness of the structures. There are many, indeed almost all, one- and two-storey single-family structures that have suffered visible damage, with more or less large cracks, to which the residents do not want to return, largely because they fear further tremors. The government has sent the military engineer to check but apparently the tendency has been to underestimate the damage, probably to reduce the economic exposure for reconstruction subsidies. Owners of condemned or heavily damaged structures will be reimbursed 60 per cent of the cost by the state, and the remaining 40 per cent will be eligible for a 20-year interest-free loan. Tavla 2023.
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Guys in Ekinci district
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Sevcan inside her old room. She is a 39-year-old woman who lives in the Ekinci district inhabited by about 10,000 people located within the city of Antioch. This is the first time she has entered her room since that night of the earthquake to salvage what she could. Living with her family and two other sisters, she has now found accommodation in a tent not far from her old home.
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Two brothers embrace after feeling another earthquake tremor outside school
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Lunch inside an ironworks. Iron has become a much sought-after material for many people because it is considered very durable and safe. Large quantities are imported every day, especially from Adana and Istanbul, to meet the demands throughout Antioch. The owners work non-stop to meet the huge demand.

Ph credits and copyright Giuseppe Scianna

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The story of Ruth and Billie, a challenge against gender stereotypes

The story of Ruth and Billie, a challenge against gender stereotypes

Giorgia Massari · 5 days ago · Photography

Ruth and Billie is a photographic project that chronicles the lives of two post-adolescent siblings living in the province of Padua. Telling us about it is photographer and educationalist Claudia Deganutti, who will exhibit this same project at the Liquida Photofestival in Turin from May 2 to 5. Deganutti’s shots construct an intimate narrative that emphasizes the exploration of gender identity. Ruth and Billie are 22 and 19 years old, respectively, and are a clear example of Gen Z kids who are brave and open to self-knowledge. In particular, it is Billie who makes this exploration. Her body is feminine but not who she feels she is. The shots show Billie defying gender stereotypes by wearing ties and heeled shoes, revealing they uniqueness and determination to be themselves.

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Claudia Deganutti’s shots are not distant. It is evident how the photographer has built a bond with the two subjects that has allowed her to capture authentic and meaningful moments. In a broader context, Claudia Deganutti’s project also reflects the cultural and social changes taking place in contemporary society. The LGBT+ issue and the normalization of neurodivergence are central themes, and through her photographs, Deganutti invites us to reflect on the need for acceptance and respect for all forms of diversity.

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