Press at Work, Matteo Pressamariti’s new collection

Press at Work, Matteo Pressamariti’s new collection

Giulia Guido · 4 months ago · Style

We went to discover Press at Work, the new collection by Matteo Pressamariti, a young designer who, in addition to explaining it to us, told us about his career and told us about his future goals. Find out more in our interview! 

Tell us about yourself, your background and what you did before you started your brand. 

Press at Work Matteo Pressamariti | Collater.al

I come from Imperia, in Liguria, a small provincial town, a very closed place where nobody talks about fashion. Despite this, however, you can get to do a job in this field. Personally, I got there thanks to my former girlfriend who informed me of the existence of the IED. So, after high school, I moved, enrolled and, after three years, I graduated with one of the best projects, parading to the final event. 
Later, while working for a shoe brand, I won a national competition that allowed seven guys to develop their own brand. So I started, I went around Italy looking for someone to produce my creations.

Unfortunately with the organizers, it didn’t go well, but by then I had already started everything well and I decided to continue alone and start the brand.
Today I’m in my third season.

We are here for the launch of your collection “Press at work”. Tell us what it is about and to what it means this name. 

More than a new collection, it is a project that has been going on for three seasons now. I started with the idea of making a leather shoe but giving it a more avant-garde face that a few years ago was going very well. The basic idea was inspired by the concept of work, but if in the beginning, it was that of the farmer, this time I was inspired by the work in the factory. 
In practice, I take inspiration from everything around me and a city like Milan, full of buildings and construction sites inspires me a lot.

With Press at Work, I wanted to make a younger project, going back to the ’90s and the first approach I had with design when I made up the mopeds trying to make them special. As a boy, I had a garage where I worked with all my friends and alongside my father did the hardware, working with aluminum. Aluminum is a recurrent material in my creations today, and for me, it is a symbol of manual work. I’m also inspired by the work shoes that have a steel toecap inside, that’s why I took this element outside. 
From the SS20 the collection has taken another point of view, focused on the reinterpretation of old shoes, taking the shapes of the 1930s and adapting them to modern ones, using materials such as nylon and leather. I wanted to play with these contrasts: the leather mixed with nylon, which meet and blend into my vision of shoe.

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It’s been over a year since your first “Mother Teresa” collection. Has anything changed since then? Your taste, your research or even your creative process? 

Certainly, for the better, I try to improve myself, to continue to learn anything. It is also a job that leads you to have many human relationships and teaches you how to manage them. 

You are 28 years old and you have been crowned by Vogue Italia one of the next big things in the sector. What advice would you give to all those who want to undertake or have already undertaken a path in the world of fashion? 

To only do this job if you’re in love with it. If not, I do not believe who can have the strength to go on every season because it is a job that changes you that you form and you have to be willing to change with him. Also because, in the field of fashion, staying on your own ideas is not the right move. 
The key is to be able to change over time. 

We are very curious to discover this collection, but we are also curious to know what your future projects will be and where you want to go. 

The goal is to establish me with an Italian footwear brand, like, for example, Diadora. 
In the future, I will continue this classic discourse by putting the sneakers and that world aside a bit, because although it’s a world that gives me the right stimuli to go on after a while you’re just bored of sneakers. 
Also, I’m a guy who always wants to do something different and that’s why my research is to look at everything that’s already there and do what’s missing.

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“The great empty” a project by New York Times

“The great empty” a project by New York Times

Emanuele D'Angelo · 28 mins ago · Photography

From Paris to New York, via Munich, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, Milan, and New Delhi, the New York Times“The great empty”, a new project recounts the lockdown caused by Covid-19.
More and more countries are forced to adopt more or less severe exit restrictions to fight the pandemic. While countries like Italy have adopted total containment rules, other countries have so far “simply” closed a multitude of housing areas. The whole world experiences an unreal atmosphere, public places are abandoned by people and supermarkets are stormed.

The New York Times presents his project at its best: “This current vacuum is a health necessity. It can make you think of dystopia, not progress. But in the end, it also confirms that, by listening to the experts and staying at home, we have not lost our ability to unite for the collective good. These images haunt and will haunt you, they look like apocalyptic films, but in a certain sense they also convey a message of hope“.

The New York Times project contemplates the emptiness created by isolation in places that are usually crowded, chaotic, full of people, but now empty. A way to illustrate and remember the radical change in our habits in these times of global health crisis.
From tourist places to small typical restaurants, it is the absence of life that upsets these clichés, each one more suggestive than the other.

Shots that count the silence of many cities, with the hope that we can return as quickly as possible to everyday life.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 4 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: @carla_sutera_sardo, @odetteombra, @lmashtalerova, @siria.d.angelis, @moulayahmed2.0, @paolatala_10, @francescaersilia1, @adriano.losacco, @valeriaroscini, @martinanorii_.

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

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EST. TRAMONTO – #ontheroof

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The Guestbook: our interview with João Marques

The Guestbook: our interview with João Marques

Giulia Guido · 5 days ago · Photography

It only took us a few seconds on his Instagram profile to fall in love with João Marques‘ shots, a photographer from Lisbon.

If we had to find a word to describe his photographs, it is contemplation, linked both to the subjects he takes and to the spectators. In fact, many of his images depict figures seen from behind with their eyes pointing towards the sky, at night, during the day, at sunset, full of stars or illuminated by the city lights. Like them, we too are completely enchanted by his work.

We asked João Marques a few questions and he told us how his passion for photography was born.

Tell us how you approached the photograph. Is there a particular moment that you remember?

It started when I was around 13, at that time I asked my dad to try out his digital camera, it was an Olympus and it was pretty cool to me. I started taking mostly portraits of my friends and it kinda was something that always sticked with me through the school years. I was living in a really small town and photography turned into my hobby, I was always filming and photographing my friends. When I was 17 I moved to Lisbon to finish high school and in the following year, I went to film school. In those 3 years, I focused mainly on cinema, I was watching a lot of movies and pretty much discovering my passion for cinema. Only in 2018 after finishing my degree and directing my first short-film ‘Incomum’ I stopped for a moment and thought it could be a cool idea to get some more serious knowledge on photography since it was part of my life for so long but never consciously. I went to Ar.Co and did a 1-year course and that’s when I started to do it again, and I just kept going.

What does photography mean to you and what do you try to tell through your shots?

I work most of the time by instinct, so there’s not that much of a reflection behind my work. At this point, something I understood about myself is that I have a need to create and express myself artistically in some form. I love that photography gave me this opportunity to produce instantly, create an idea or express my perception of a feeling on an image. For someone like me who already has a background also in the film world, where everything is much more complex and involves a lot of people, photography gives me the chance to make almost like a mood board to how I want my films to look and feel like. 

What equipment do you use to shoot? Which tools do you take with you when you shoot and why?

I shoot both analog and digital. My digital camera is a Sony A7 III and my film camera is Pentax K1000. It’s funny because actually I’ve never had other film cameras yet (besides point and shoot ones). I’ve been thinking about moving to a 120mm camera but for now still sticking with this one. I don’t like to do very much planning, so I guess most of the time I don’t take anything else besides the camera. If I take something it would be a small light or some prop that I would like to use on the shot.

Is there a shot you are closest to? Can you tell us about it?

If I had to choose one image, maybe this one. This image was taken around 2 am on January 1, 2019. This was the day where I started this series that I titled ‘the sky is a painting’ of night shots. This one represents all the other similar night images that I’ve done. I’ve always felt connected to night time and the sky. I used to stare a lot at the sky and have one of those moments of realizing how small we are. I like to play with this idea of the human vs universe. I would like to do in the future a photo book with all my night atmospheric shots.

Are there artists you follow or are you inspired by?

Sure. There are some other photographers I follow through social media that I find inspiring, mostly I think what attracts me is a personal point of view of the world and life. Some artists I highly recommend taking a look are Mia Novakova, Maya Beano, Tristan Hollingsworth and Edie Sunday for example. However, I think what I’m mostly inspired by is movies. Some filmmakers that have inspired me are David Lynch, Jonas Mekas, Teresa Villaverde, Wong Kar-Wai, and Robert Bresson.

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Mònica Figueras photographs the essence of summer

Mònica Figueras photographs the essence of summer

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Photography

The scent of the sea, the beaches crowded in summer and deserted in winter. This is the essence of the photography of Mònica Figueras, a young Spanish photographer we have already talked about here before.

Mònica was born in Palamós, a small and beautiful town on the Costa Brava, one of those classic villages that fill up with people in summer and empty completely in winter, becoming almost unrecognizable.

This double personality of the place where she lived until she moved to Barcelona and her love for the sea are tangible things in her photographs. Looking at her images one breathes nostalgia for the summer, but also the calm and tranquility of empty beaches that lose the warm colors typical of the summer months and are covered with a less saturated filter.

Since the places and subjects that Mònica Figueras photographs have always been part of her life, browsing through her shots is like entering her personal diary. We look at what she looked at, we are surrounded by what was around her when she was shooting.

After a while, her style started to interest several clients, so for her commissioned work she prefers digital photography, while for her personal projects she often opts for analog, which allows her to obtain better textures and colors without having to retouch the image afterward.

Below is a selection of her images, to find out more go to her website, Instagram and Tumblr profile.

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