The Guestbook: our interview with SIERMOND

The Guestbook: our interview with SIERMOND

Claudia Fuggetti · 1 month ago · Photography

SIERMOND, Pasquale Autorino in real life, defines himself as a visionary of the unconscious. The main sources of inspiration for his works are the mystical images that appear in his mind during sleep and the Freudian instincts of life and death (Eròs and Thanatos) that move spasmodically in his thoughts. Melancholy, romance, darkness and mystery are the elements that characterize his style, along with the predominance of the color silver, used to portray usually beautiful models, which express the artist’s unexpressed narcissistic side.

We at Collater.al asked SIERMOND to tell us about themselves briefly through an interview, which you can find below:

How did you understand that photography would be part of your life?

I started taking pictures in a period of my life that wasn’t very “shiny”. Having a tormented relationship with sleep and dreaming often, I started, almost for fun, to turn these into reality by starting to photograph aesthetics that satisfied my vision. The feeling of happiness I felt when I completed my first projects made me realize that photography could be a very effective way for me to vent. Almost like an addiction, photography invaded my soul and in a short time became my life. My photographic world had a very “artistic” beginning that in this last period I’m managing to bring also in the commercial one. When your passion starts to become also a form of profit you realize that it is the right way. This last step made me realize that photography would be part of my life.

Which artists have influenced you the most?

I’m very influenced by artists from the past. I love trying to bring past atmospheres into the present. An artist that I admire very much and that I also feel very close to me is Man Ray, an American painter, photographer and graphic designer who is an exponent of Dadaism. I like to call his photography “unconscious”. With his revolutionary style he was really able to transform fragments of our soul into images. In my biography on social networks and on my website I call myself “Visionary of the Unconscious” because like Man Ray my art is based on turning something imaginary and deep into reality. The second artist I refer to is Henry Scott Tuke, a painter with a style marked by Impressionism. He is best known for his paintings of young men and boys. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that, thanks to his pictorial style, he was able to capture so much beauty and melancholy in the backs and the nails, making something immortal that is not directly aimed at those who capture the image. Very often in my photography I also love to capture what is most true and reflective in a person who “gives you his back”. I don’t always think eyes and smiles reveal authenticity.

Going to another field, the musical artist who accompanied and accompanies my artistic journey is Lana Del Rey. With her, it was love at first listening. Like a flash of lightning. I think that the theory of “similar souls” was born with her. Her melancholic, dark and romantic mood completely envelops my photography. During long days of postproduction her voice accompanies my creative process. These are three of the artists who influence me the most. I love art in all its forms and I am convinced that art generates other art. To conclude, I mention some names such as Tim Walker, Peter Lindberg, Paolo Roversi, Tamara Dean, Gregory Crewdson, Laura Makabresku who influence my artistic world every day.

Why did you choose to propose these images to us?

I made a careful analysis before proposing these nine photographs to you. I started to look at all my work so far and I thought of choosing nine images that represent me and my vision. the first is called “TWO BOYS”: I chose it because it is the first shot in which I began to see the beginning of my photographic world. For me it represents a lot despite the fact that it was done by pure chance in a field in Switzerland with two boys with a very close and intimate friendship. It’s very representative for me because I had a similar moment with a very dear friend of mine lying in a meadow. The second choice takes up the discussion of “giving one’s back” and how much of infinity there can be in a back. The work is entitled “BOUNDLESS BACK”. It was taken on a day when suddenly, along a mountain road, everything around us has become gray.

The third choice represents my way of seeing the male figure. Ethereal and refined boys. The flowers and the light light of the sunset make “THE LAST NARCISSUS SUNSET” a photo with a magical atmosphere of the past. the fourth is a shot taken from one of my favorite projects “THE BLIND HAZE”. I wanted to represent in this project a crazy and blind love, when the only thing that counts is the body you have next to you. The choice of using two male figures was made to give an even stronger and more significant imprint to the project, while the fifth is based on the concept of dream/nightmare. I often dream of drowning. The location in this case has made everything magical. The rocks taken from this shot seem almost clouds and the photo is invaded by this white white as if they were sheets. “LOOSE DREAMS” is the title of the work. “BLUE” is the title of the sixth photograph. I chose it not only because I find that the light of the very first dawn is magnificent but also for the subject depicted.

In art Nicholas Fols was the natural person who accompanied and accompanied my entire photographic journey. The seventh is a fairly recent shot. I decided to select it because it represents my crazy and creative side. I love photography because it allows you to give a new point of view to anything. the eighth photo is always an excerpt from a very strong and significant project “DAD & SON”. It was nice for me to take pictures of this father and son couple almost as if I were a spectator who sees something of his own in those feelings. Catching every emotion was magical. In addition I think that very often the parent-child relationship is complex to manage especially when the points of view are very different despite the fact that there is a very strong affection. I close my selection with “REBORN”. In this shot I wanted to represent what I call “SIERMOND” (my nickname on social networks). It would be all my artistic and creative side: if it was possible to turn this energy into a person it would look like this. A blindfolded teenager wrapped in this silvery energy and emerging from nature.

What kind of beauty are you looking for?

I look for the beauty of reality. The beauty dirtied by suffering and pain, the beauty of melancholy, elements that contrast with the aesthetic beauty of fashion and landscape create an explosive mix. I would add that the choice of the model represents a fundamental phase for my shots. I tend to prefer models that have aesthetic characteristics similar to mine or that I feel emotionally close to. Therefore selecting a figure that can represent me is not a short or simple process. For me, beauty is a very subjective point of view. I think that for a photographer the choice of the model is really a fundamental part.

What are your plans for the future?

For the future I would like to continue shooting by expanding my range of action, exploring different territories from my path also to create new energies and stimuli. In addition, I hope for an individual growth that can act as a food for my art, making it a stimulus and source of emotion for others.

Follow SIERMOND’s take over on  @Collater.al‘s Instagram profile!

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Three-time Oscar winner Lubezki signs the Lavazza Calendar 2022

Three-time Oscar winner Lubezki signs the Lavazza Calendar 2022

Giulia Guido · 5 days ago · Photography

On a Monday unlike any other, I was walking along a small Florentine alleyway, dimly lit by the sun, until a marvel appeared before my eyes. Piazza della Signoria welcomes me with its beauty, and no matter how many times you have been to Florence, it always seems incredible to think that a place like this can survive the passage of time.
It is here, in the Camera d’Arme of Palazzo Vecchio, that I take my place to discover the new Lavazza Calendar 2022

Last year, Lavazza presented the Calendar under the banner of The New Humanity, inviting us to imagine a future based on a new humanity at a time of uncertainty and fear like few other times in recent decades. It is perhaps in this concept that the theme of next year’s Calendar, I Can Change The World, has its roots. 

In a way, it is as if Lavazza is telling us that it is not enough to imagine and dream of a different future but that we must take action and fight to build it. So, what better place than the city that was the birthplace of Brunelleschi, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Dante Alighieri, Machiavelli, but also Guccio Gucci, Oriana Fallaci and Tiziano Terzani to show how never change will come until each of us dedicates our lives to this cause.

As in any self-respecting battle, we need captains to follow and imitate. Lavazza offers us six of them, six outstanding personalities in their field, six young people who have managed to combine their passion with all the values they believe in. 

The street dancer Shamell Bell, who fights against racism, the marine biologist Cristina Mittermeier, who documents the advancing destruction of the oceans with underwater and other photographs, the Afghan refugee rapper Sonita Alizada, and the musician Ben Harper, who has always been committed to fighting social inequality and climate change. The sextet is completed by Shilpa Yarlagadda, a jewelry designer who supports female empowerment, and land artist Saype

To direct and photograph these six activists, or artivists – as Francesca Lavazza called them when she presented the project – Lavazza entrusted the task to the best director of photography ever, Emmanuel Lubezki

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I held my breath, and with me all the press present, as he took the stage. Just a few words are enough to understand that the purity and sensitivity of the images he creates and that we are used to seeing on the big screen are just a reflection of his personality, something I was able to ascertain during the minutes we spent together after the conference and perhaps the main reason why he was chosen to tell the story of the claim “I Can Change The World” with 12 shots. 

Shots that want to, and can, only give the LA to the change we wish to see in the world and of this Chivo – Emmanuel Lubezki’s nickname – is aware. “It would be too pretentious to think that a calendar can change the world”, he tells me, adding “the only thing I can do is amplify the voices of these artists. Each of them is working really hard to change the world. They are deeply optimistic and when you are optimistic you really live your life, believing in what you are doing, and they are doing it. In this case, my job is a humble one and I put myself at their service to tell them who they are and what they do in the hope of setting off positive vibes in those who discover them.

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I can sense from the way he talks about it and from the shiny eyes that sometimes betray him that the bond created with the six protagonists of the Calendar is real and deep. Finding out that each of them was shot in different places on the Planet that show both the impact of climate change and the beauty the world we live in has to offer, and that Chivo experienced them all alongside the young activists, even being directed by them, only confirmed my thoughts. “I spoke to them,” he tells me, “we talked and I immediately understood that I shouldn’t work as a photographer, but more like a director of photography, letting myself be directed by them and also being guided by their ideas. This is why we have portraits in close-up, but also photos where the landscape dominates.” 

At this point, it really only takes one look at the photos to understand how the 12 shots create a more complex and structured narrative. “From the desert chosen by Sonita to the Caribbean Sea where I photographed Cristina, all the landscapes we worked in are endangered and shooting these six young people immersed in the beauty and fragility of these places underlines their profound optimism that I mentioned at the beginning. I tried to create a journey through the calendar, through the different places, but also through light“. 

This choice should not come as a surprise, as Lubezki is internationally recognized precisely for his meticulous and perfect use of natural light. “Well – he confides – I have to say that the use of natural light came from the directors I work with, in particular Terrence Malick, who called me to work with him to make a film entirely with natural light. Thanks to his knowledge of the behaviour of natural light, but also of photography, we were able to make four films together using only natural light. For Revenant it was different and I think it was interesting for Alejandro to explore this world and understand how to move and work during the day with respect to light. But it wasn’t me who had the initial idea.” Nevertheless, this stylistic imprint has now become his signature and we can find it within the Calendar as well, in fact he added “In this particular case, I incorporated natural light into the Calendar because I thought it would give a purer result, which would help me incorporate the characters within the landscape, although sometimes I used flash. For Saype, for example, I had to. His picture was taken between three and four in the morning in Alaska and it was so dark that I had to use lights“. 

Lubezki

As mentioned a few lines above, the one created by Lavazza and Emmanuel Lubezki is a voyage of discovery of the world we occupy for the short time of a lifetime and which we are taking too much for granted. To some, the choice of entrusting the production and art direction to a cinematographer used to working in the film industry may raise eyebrows. If, however, you dig deeper and look at Chivo’s Instagram profile (you can find him as @chivexp, the name given to him by Steven Soderbergh), the circle is closed and all doubts are cleared.
As one of the 500,000 people who follow him, I couldn’t help but take the opportunity to ask him what he thought of Instagram, suddenly finding myself talking to a 56-year-old person who probably understands better than me and many young people what the right use is. “I started using Instagram both because I wanted to know what it was about, but also because, having two daughters, I was worried about the effect it has on young people. Gradually I began to discover an encyclopedic aspect and it became a place to find incredible photographs, dancers, choreographers, painters, musicians, artists. Finally, it also became a place to meet people, Saype I met through Instagram.”

Our meeting concludes by agreeing that smartphones have, to all intents and purposes, changed the way we take photographs, but that if the result is to live outside the screen of a phone then you have to rely on other tools. “If you’re going to print photos, say the size of those for the Lavazza Calendar, you’ll probably need a higher quality camera“. 

I take my leave with the knowledge that I have just had one of those once-in-a-lifetime encounters and one phrase keeps ringing in my head, “I Can Change The World”. 

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Erotic and sexy photography by Joshua Rhodes

Erotic and sexy photography by Joshua Rhodes

Buddy · 4 days ago · Photography

Joshua Rhodes is a Californian photographer present on Instagram with the accounts @fuzzyaxolotl and @fuzzyanalog.

His images are charged with solar eroticism: pin-up style models, portrayed with irony and sensuality, with a vintage style that seems to echo the editorial taste of Playboy and a certain 70s erotic cinema.

The statuesque bodies of blonde models shine in the sun on perfect beaches, emerge from the water of the ocean or crystalline pools.

Natural shots, delicate and glossy lights.

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

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The world’s best nature photography of 2021

The world’s best nature photography of 2021

Tommaso Berra · 4 days ago · Photography

After the ranking of the best astronomical and microscope photographs of 2021, these days the best wildlife photos of the last year have also been awarded. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a competition organized by the Natural History Museum in London, now in its 57th edition.
There are many aspects that make extraordinary the 100 photos in competition, taken by professional photographers or amateurs and selected from 50 thousand proposals. On the one hand, the technique used and the patience in waiting to take the perfect shot, unrepeatable in many cases. On the other hand, the unusual point of view, which brings viewers closer to unusual natural events or animals that are difficult to approach, such as the shot of the spider as big as a human hand or the “selfie” taken by a grizzly bear in front of the carcass of a deer in the United States.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest is divided into 19 categories, from which the two winners have been announced. Laurent Ballesta, who specializes in aquatic photography, won the Adult Grand Title Winner with an image capturing some camouflaged groupers in French Polynesia emerging from a cloud of eggs and sperm. It took the French photographer five years of night diving to capture this moment, which occurs only during the July full moon period.
The other winner of the wildlife photo contest was Vidyun R. Hebbar, just ten years old, who was awarded the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his image of a spider wrapped in its web, taken in Bangalore, India.

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Female portraits by Marat Safin

Female portraits by Marat Safin

Giulia Guido · 4 days ago · Photography

Women are the protagonists of the shots by Russian self-taught photographer Marat Safin. Lonely women, women in the house, in the kitchen or lying on the bed, women immersed in nature, free among the high grass, women looking in the car or immortalized in spontaneous poses. 

Marat’s female portraits convey a sense of calm, intimacy. 

The warm light that we find in all her shots immediately gives the family atmosphere, giving us an air of home, of familiarity. 

In our gallery you can find a selection of her shots, to find out more go to the Marat Safin’s Instagram profile

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