Delicate shots, warm colours and kind words. These are the elements that characterize the aesthetics of Quietpoem, the project of the photographer and content creator Matilde Minauro. In her world poetry can be found in every little detail, in a little moved selfie, in a flower that blooms white as spring begins, on the ruins, roofs and streets of the city where she lives, Rome.
In each of her photographs, the elegance of a gesture, of an intimate pose in front of the mirror, of her tied hair or of a jewel or dress she wears. Hers is a personal diary made up of moments that she makes infinite, giving to conciliatory elements such as the waves of the sea, a wheat field that moves in the wind or a sunset on the colors of purple, even more calm, lightness and serenity.
When you flip through her shots the feeling is that you have to do it in silence, on tiptoe, not to move a comma of that world so quiet and perfect that we would like to live every day and that she began to tell when she shook her first camera in her hands, when she was only 8 years old.
We have selected some of her shots, but we advise you to follow her every day on her Instagram profile and don’t miss anything she posts to find some peace and quiet.
While everyone is taking pictures of him working, while everyone is asleep he takes pictures. I’m talking about Andreas Levers, a photographer based in Potsdam who spends his nights in the streets of the city trying to capture their most mysterious and dark side. It’s not the first time we’ve talked about his series At Night, but after three years we were very happy to discover that Andreas didn’t get tired of this magical subject and kept shooting.
The nights that attract the photographer the most are those dark, cold nights when the fog falls and covers the top floors of the skyscrapers and allows you to see only what is really close to you. The rest remains a mystery, amplified by the white lights of the street lamps and neon lights, unable to penetrate the mist.
But while the light, of course, cannot reveal what is beyond the visible, our mind has already embarked on a fantastic journey: like Andreas Levers, we too walk in the dark, trying not to be seen, as if we were following someone, or as if someone were following us.
The calm, the awareness of being alone, the only awakenings surround us and accompany us once again in scenarios that never lose their charm.
We hope that At Night will never end, that like us can’t wait to see the next picture, Andreas Levers can’t wait to go down the street, when the city falls asleep and the magic becomes reality.
Check out the new shots from the At Night photo series below and to stay up to date on Andreas Levers’ work go to his website and follow him on Instagram.
Friday is here, again, and this weekend we’ll have some time to dedicate to our favorite hobby: watch a movie. If you run out of ideas don’t worry, you won’t waste time because we have already chosen The Grand Budapest Hotel, a movie that everyone has seen once in their life, but two are always better than one.
It’s certainly Wes Anderson‘s most intricate and interesting film and most likely also the director’s aesthetic and narrative masterpiece. It won nine nominations at the Oscars in 2015, triumphing in the categories “Best Costume”, “Best Set Design“, “Best Makeup” and “Best Soundtrack”; at the Globe, instead, the film won as “Best Comedy or Music”.
(Still undecided whether to watch it?)
The story is certainly as bizarre as the characters in it, sometimes so intricate that it seems impossible to get out of it, yet there’s nothing impossible inside that mysterious hotel because everything is suspended in a surreal, earthly world.
Wes, with the director of photography Robert Yeoman, creates every single scene taking into account the most imperceptible details in order to produce perfect images even in the pause; the color choices are his strong point, all the films have a palette of reference so as to conquer memorability among the memories of anyone who has already seen them.
Colors play an important role since they determine two types of scenes: for the harmonious and calm ones the selection of soft and pastel colors prevails, while the pressing and alienating ones they appear under strong color combinations. Needless to say that photography represents the key element in the cinematographic realization and needless to say that in this Wes is its master.
There is no doubt: his aesthetic and artistic imagination is unique, but there are those who, letting themselves be inspired, have built their photographic work on a chromatic choice and framing at the limits of precision. This is the case of Teresa Freitas, a young Portuguese photographer who, through her shots, shows us common scenes with meticulous attention to the elements that build them, proposing something that perhaps we have already seen but never through this perspective.
Did you know: for the outdoor shots of the hotel Wes used a 3-meter-high scale model, made entirely by hand because if this had been done on the computer, in the director’s idea, it would have appeared to the audience too offset from reality.
Film: Comedy Director: Wes Anderson Writers: Stefan Zweig (inspired by the writings of), Wes Anderson (screenplay) Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric
When we think of London, we immediately think of a city with chaotic rhythms, frenetic and tireless, like any self-respecting modern capital. Because of the pandemic, however, everything came to a sudden halt almost suddenly. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, following in the footsteps of his illustrious colleagues all over the world, has frozen the entire city until at least June, waiting for the contagion curve to slow down.
The English photographerJan Enkelmann decided to document the deafening silence of his city, never seen before. So on 23 March, the night the lockdown was announced, the photographer climbed on his bike to admire deserted London, never seen like this in 20 years of his life. A few weeks later, he took his camera with him and decided to capture the whole thing.
“Like many others I felt compelled to document the lack of crowds in usually crowded locations. But looking at the set of images I have made over the last weeks, I feel this project has taken on a life of its own. Maybe these photos are less about the lack of human presence and rather about the stillness of a city being allowed a breather to reveal a beauty that often goes unnoticed.“