The Guestbook: our interview with SIERMOND

The Guestbook: our interview with SIERMOND

Claudia Fuggetti · 8 months 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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Photographic journey among the Nenets, in Siberia at -50°

Photographic journey among the Nenets, in Siberia at -50°

Tommaso Berra · 3 months ago · Photography

It is hard to even imagine what it is like to live in one of the most inhospitable territories on earth, covered in snow all year round, with temperatures dropping below minus 50 degrees in the coldest months. It is in these conditions that the Nenets live, in the Siberian strip of land called the Yamal peninsula, inhabited by herds of animals that cause entire villages to migrate.
The Nenets are a nomadic people devoted to their livestock, the only source of wealth and survival for entire families. Their connection with nature is spiritual and shamans play an important role in the villages, connecting humans with the darkest and most mysterious forces.

Nicola Ducati’s Shades of White series is an account of living with the Nenets for ten days, immersing oneself in their culture and trying to decipher the gestures and minimalist language that describes nature according to the feelings it arouses. There are ten different words just to describe white in all its nuances, and it is easy to think that this is normal, since white in the Yamal surrounds the entire visual horizon, with infinite meanings and textures.
In the tents, animal skins warm from the cold, while Samoyed dogs in a corner gnaw on the last bones of a fish.

One of the few signs of mechanical human intervention is the slow, silent railway that brings supplies and relief, seen by the Nenets as a means through which to exchange products. The transit of the train leaves no trace in the snow, the rails disappear and only the cloud of steam remains in the landscape.
The photographs show a minority that is preserving a primordial way of life, adapting their lifestyle, sending the youngest to university to increase their chances of surviving an unsustainable economic system that is defying even the coldest Arctic storms.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 3 months 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: @photostrekoza, @obsessive.ph0t0graphy, @paola_francesca_barone, @asya.zang, @niinque, @saracamporesi.it, @fabrizio_lecca, @kevin.ponzuoli, @ele.naus, @clickquieli.

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

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How do Karim Amr’s eyes see Egypt?

How do Karim Amr’s eyes see Egypt?

Tommaso Berra · 3 months ago · Photography

There seems to be an almost infinite depth in the space photographed by Karim Amr, the pyramids on the horizon are as large as they seem to be built on the same vertical plane. The weight of the air creates layers and defines volumes, towering over anything but rock, sand or sky.
Amr’s photographic series on Egypt alternates between clear landscapes with the moon clearly defined in the sky and views in which the sand, lifted by the hot wind, describes the instability of the night in the desert. Ancient architecture such as the Pyramids and the Sphinx look like spatial ramparts defending an alien landscape, like the settings of Denis Villeneuve’s recent Dune.

Karim Amr’s is an attempt to abstract as much as possible a complex territory such as the desert. The speed with which the landscape changes is contrasted with the idea of stillness, stability and geometry, a play of layers that fossilises even the intrusion of man.
It is fascinating to note how much the sunlight in a landscape such as the Egyptian desert transforms from a chromatic point of view, becoming either an enveloping white veil or a warm red that seems to set fire to the ground and the air.
The photographer’s research also involved the Arab architecture of his city, a series which can be seen in part on Amr’s official Instagram profile.

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Riccardo Fregoso, photos of a “metaphysical” Adriatic Sea.

Riccardo Fregoso, photos of a “metaphysical” Adriatic Sea.

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Photography

“Adriatic”, the photographic work of Riccardo Fregoso, is a story that stops time and invites us to reflect on the value of memory. The coasts of Abruzzo and Molise are captured in light. Light is the protagonist of these photographs and it is always light that creates forms and gives them colour. It is certainly not a Caravaggesque light, but a modern one, inspired by early 20th-century painting and the style of great photographers.

We could call it metaphysical, able to freeze time and catapult us into a temporary suspension of reality. It is like his photos, so limpid and diaphanous, sincerely show an eternal hour that has always existed but is, in some ways, ancient. It is the hour of a precise instant, where everything stops and dreams chase each other, where we imagine fixed and unchanging places that have existed and that now seem to return from an undefined past. 

Riccardo Fregoso’s references to photographers such as Luigi Ghirri or Joel Meyerowitz cannot be overlooked, like certain traces of Hopper’s light, to define his aesthetic. The Adriatic Sea turns out to be a sort of Italian Cape Cod, not only a place of holiday, but of memory. 

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These photographs, so precisely composed and balanced, show a calibrated portion of space, leaving our imagination to fill them with everyday life, Fellini characters and an all-Italian horizon of scents, aromas, sounds and perceptions. After all, the memory of each individual cannot be separated from a collective memory, which draws its origins from a shared history of images, films, songs and books. And the holiday resort is one of the artistic spaces in which writers, filmmakers and singers moved most after the Second World War. 

That is why, even if we have never been in Abruzzo or Molise, we feel that the photographs in this work are somehow ours, we see them as part of our personal history because they belong to another story, another tale, which is common to most us.

Autore: Francesco Fusi

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