Simone Rotella and his dystopian illustrations

Simone Rotella and his dystopian illustrations

Collater.al Contributors · 2 years ago · Art

Simone Rotella is an Italian graphic designer and illustrator who lives his life between London and Turin.
What made him knew was the publication of his works in newspapers such as Corriere della Sera and on more complex projects such as the book “For the Gods of Girsu”, written by an archaeologist for the British Museum in London.

Thanks to his outstanding creativity, he has won numerous illustration awards such as the WIA-World Illustration Awards 2019 and the 3×3 Awards 2018, in which he received an honorable mention.
His inspiration and approach allow him to represent different themes and convey them in different formats: from archaeological books to children’s illustrations and stories. Some of his works are also inspired by street art – his first love, born during his childhood – and artists like Blu, Alessandro Gottardo “Shout”, Dran and Niels Shoe.

His illustrations are characterized by a dreamlike look that transforms reality into a credible but alienating possibility and that forces us to find a personal key to interpreting the enigma. It almost seems to approach a philosophical strand that is the basis of all his complex work.
In fact, each of his works is very conceptual and has a strong reference to vintage through the combination of different elements such as the silhouette, textures and graphic filters.
The aim of his art is to attract the attention of the observer and stimulate a retrospective and inner thought given by the dialogue between images and visual sensations.
His style is well recognizable because he manages to reconcile spontaneity, on the one hand using, a freehand stroke and on the other hand the control, awareness and all the possibilities that digital offers.
All his works are made according to certain chromatic palettes that make them almost like real paintings.

Simone finds inspiration by the comics of which he is a great fan, particularly those of Hugo Pratt, Crepax and Sergio Toppi, and by art, preferring the French painter Henri Matisse, one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century and the greatest exponent of the artistic movement of the Fauves. He admires the meticulous use of colors and their combinations.
In addition to his previous collaborations, the Turin illustrator will open his first exhibition entitled “hashtag” where he will exhibit all his most ambitious works.

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InstHunt Special Edition – Flowers

InstHunt Special Edition – Flowers

Giordana Bonanno · 1 day ago · Photography

InstHunt Special Edition is a collection of your best photos that follow a specific theme. Each month it will have a dedicated title and you will give it life through your shots.  

This month’s theme was Flowers: the Nature’s true works of art, created with perfect shapes and colors. There are many ways to shoot this subject but it becomes more interesting when the imagination takes over reality and transforms the flowers into true characters.

The selection of your best photos below!

Stay tuned and go follow our Instagram @collateral.photo page to discover the theme of the next issue InstHunt Special Edition. 

Be creative Be part of @collater.al

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The bond between man and nature in Alexandre Delamadeleine’s photographs

The bond between man and nature in Alexandre Delamadeleine’s photographs

Giulia Guido · 5 days ago · Photography

The human body and its environment merge into one in Alexandre Delamadeleine‘s breathtaking shots. 

Alexandre Delamadeleine is a French photographer born in Annecy, who now lives in Paris, but it is not the city’s busy streets and building facades that catch his eye. Interested in the works of the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, especially the essay “Nature” (1836) in which he addresses various themes such as the meaning of nature, beauty, the language of nature and how to establish a true relationship with it, Alexandre tries to explore the same topics through his images. 

In the photographic series “Balance” and “Playground” we can see his style and the subjects he photographs to express his point of view and his thoughts. 

These are shots in which the surroundings, be it a plain, a beach or a rock face, are predominant and occupy a large part of the space. Within this, however, there is always a young woman whose movements and positions are captured. Positions that perfectly underline how Man is now part of nature, assimilated into it, and therefore it is no longer necessary to stand up to demonstrate a non-existent superiority, but the body lets itself go, falls, rolls, jumps, merges with the elements that surround it. 

The final result is shots with surreal and ethereal atmospheres created by a light that never blinds, but is always gentle and relaxing. Looking at Alexandre Delamadeleine’s shots, we can’t help but breathe a sigh of relief, hoping to experience that freedom sooner or later. 

Check out a selection of shots below and visit Alexandre’s website and follow him on Instagram to make sure you don’t miss his upcoming work. 

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Tamara Lichtenstein and her analog and female photography

Tamara Lichtenstein and her analog and female photography

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Photography

They could be frames from a film or photographs from a personal diary from the 1980s. Tamara Lichtenstein‘s analog shots enclose a timeless beauty that never tires. 

Originally from Bolivia, Tamara lives in Hudston, Texas, and started taking pictures when she was still a little girl, when her mother gave her a camera and decided to put all her creativity into the shots she took. 

Today Tamara Lichtenstein’s name is internationally recognized and, in addition to collaborating with different brands and clients, she has realized several personal projects that have literally captured our attention and our hearts.

At the center of Tamara’s artistic research we can surely find the female universe and its facets: leafing through her shots we meet faces and bodies without filters, wrapped in their natural beauty. 

The grain and style of analog photography combined with the perfect use of light and the effects of double exposure, a recurring technique in Tamara’s shots, give the photographs a cinematographic style that is impossible to forget. 

Below you can find a selection of the shots, but to find out more visit Tamara Lichtenstein’s website and Instagram profile.  

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Kamonwan Norralak and her photographic experiments

Kamonwan Norralak and her photographic experiments

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

The first thing that impressed us about Kamonwan Norralak was her age. The Thai photographer is only 19 years old, yet she has already defined her style and is always trying something new.

As is often the case, Kamonwan Norralak started taking pictures at the age of 15 almost by accident, taking pictures with her mobile phone or photographing her favourite band at a concert. But the more time passed, the more her passion grew, so much so that she forgot her dream of becoming a designer or architect.

Her work, her approach and her subjects have changed a lot over the years, and three projects that she herself talked about are proof of this. The first, which she took two years ago, is the most conceptual and focuses on food. In what could be an exercise in style, Kamonwan has rethought food, imagining certain foods out of their ordinary guise and creating surreal images.

With the second project, “Friends”, Kamonwan focused her lens on one of her friends, proving that you don’t have to be a model to be the star of a photo shoot that gets right to the viewer.

The last one, entitled “Reverse”, is the project the photographer presented for her graduation. In these shots in which the focus is all on the subject and the black backdrop that seems to swallow him up, Kamonwan wants to tell us that in her opinion what we show to others is nothing more than a reflection of who we really are.

If you are curious about Kamonwan Norralak’s upcoming photographic projects, follow her on Instagram and check out a selection of her shots below.

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