Softness and vulnerability in Luce Lapadula shots

Softness and vulnerability in Luce Lapadula shots

Buddy · 3 years ago · Photography

Looking at Luce Lapadula‘s photography, @LuceLapadula, the light of September comes to mind. Her images are capable of painting that shy and warm glow capable of enveloping everything and preparing us for the first shiver of cold. And then everything seems permeated by nostalgia, the memory of a place we have not lived, of a person with whom we cannot be together.

Luce has this gift: she knows how to capture the fragility of her subjects, she strips them of any mask. And she does the same with images of landscapes, ungluing them from reality and bringing them into a dream dimension.

We were lucky enough to hear and talk about her love for photography and art. Enjoy the reading.

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How did you discover photography? 

Photography has always held a special place for me, there isn’t a specific event or moment that led me to discover it. Since I was a child, I have always loved art and began to draw my family and friends’ portraits with pastel, watercolour and ink. Back at secondary school and college, I was assigned a task: drawing a series of castles in my home region of Basilicata with ink, and if I remember correctly, they were then turned into adorable books. 

My passion for visual art grew even more during school trips. In fact, I would always buy the latest, and at the time, the best, disposable cameras to capture the fantastic historical scenery and the breathtaking landscapes. It was only a while later when I received a gift from my mum, my first Kodak – a camera with which I could experiment in the new prospects of photography and videography. Growing up, my passion became even more alive with the fact that I was continually aiming to upgrade my equipment, and it was intensified by moving to London.

My first DSLR, a canon 400d – a mere present, really boosted my confidence as well as my creativity in different ways. Whilst in London, I also began working in galleries which continually inspired and motivated me to pursue my route into photography. 

Fast forward a few years and in 2017, I made the decision to make photography my main artistic venture. Now, that is where I’m channelling all my time and energy.

What do you like to tell through your photography?

With my portraits, I really like to tell stories and convey intimacy through simple gestures between the subject and what I feel in that precise moment of time. Softness and strength through vulnerability are the souls of my images, as these are qualities we possess profoundly inside.. There is no strength without vulnerability, as vice-versa. 

When it comes to landscapes instead, I like to reveal what I see around me and what I see inwardly, the images are the outcome of compositions of the confluence between my dreams and my reality. The results are warm, dreamy scenery, with the perception of infinity.

I am faithful to the tones, style and aesthetic of my work, whether I am making portraits or landscapes.

What is femininity for you?

I describe femininity as those gentle and graceful characteristics of human beings.

I like to think that the attribute as we intend it has been exclusively associated with the female gender, because the female’s aesthetic has naturally been deemed as delicate. Femininity does not apply [to], [n]or include only females, but all genders.

Your images can naturally express moments of real intimacy. How do you capture it?

I like to capture real moments of everyday life and create dreamy scenes that project from my inner world; indeed, this is what I will be focusing on in my future personal projects. 

Capturing moments of real intimacy comes naturally really, the subject(s) that I choose are ideal for expressing the stories or messages I want to portray through my images. The locations make a significant impact on the subjects in order for them to be at ease during the shoot. Each location will bring its own atmosphere to the final outcome of the project. Mostly, I’ll use a quiet home or peaceful space deep within mother nature’s grasp, where intimacy will be supremely embodied.

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Which artists have influenced your search?

Working as a fine art agent, dealing with all kinds of art has had a rich and diverse influence on my creativity. I would say the Renaissance is where I draw much of my inspiration from. Many contemporary artists also inspire me, such as Marta Bevacqua, Cvatik, and Alessio Albi, to name a few. Alternately, my landscapes are motivated entirely by nature and by the influence of my partner, who is also a photographer.

What are you working on lately? 

I’m working to raise the standard of my portrait photography, to bring it to the next level. Since I feel my style is representative of my own self, I’m now ready and to push forward after years of experimentation; with confidence towards my vision and the stories I want to tell. I’ll be channeling this knowledge into a particular project which I hope to exhibit further down the line.

Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al
Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al
Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al
Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al
Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al
Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al
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What the Lego Birkin Made Me Think About

What the Lego Birkin Made Me Think About

Anna Frattini · 3 days ago · Design, Style

For days, an image of a Birkin made of Lego bricks has been circulating on Instagram. The perfect recipe for viral content. The orange we associate with Hermès reimagined in a new, unsettling way. The ubiquitous Birkin and all other luxury goods transformed into Lego can be found on @glam.tol, the profile that sparked this phenomenon. However, all the content is crafted with the valuable assistance of AI.

Many of the objects conceived by @glam.tol that have gone viral firmly belong to the concept of quiet luxury, an interesting aspect of this phenomenon that reminds us of how attracted we still are to very expensive bags and brand-branded accessories—thus, highly recognizable items like the Ralph Lauren signature cap. According to some, the intention behind these images might be to announce the collaboration between Lego and Hermès. However, on TikTok, others think it’s unlikely given the rarity with which the French fashion house has entered into partnerships throughout its history.

@thebrandblueprint Hermès and Lego partnership is sadly never going to happen because Hermes doesn’t partner with brands #collaboration #hermes #legos #marketing #brand #branding #rollsroyce #mcclaren #greenscreen ♬ original sound – Brooke💡Marketing, Brand, Ecom

In short, a lot of smoke and no fire, except for the umpteenth confirmation of how easy it is to create hyper-realistic images thanks to the use of Artificial Intelligence, a topic that has been debated this year by PhotoVogue but continues to be relevant not only in the world of photography but also in marketing. The virality of these images is the proof.

courtesy @glam.tol

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Swatch pays tribute to the world of The Simpsons

Swatch pays tribute to the world of The Simpsons

Anna Frattini · 2 days ago · Style

The donuts from The Simpsons, Homer’s favorites, have become iconic in our imagination as the quintessential donuts. So much so that Swatch has reproduced them on a watch. SECONDS OF SWEETNESS is a tribute to the world of The Simpsons and the typically American donuts loved by Homer. In short, this Swatch immediately makes us want to rewatch the nineteenth episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons, where Homer is prosecuted by the Giant Donut.

Let’s talk about the watch. It’s an item that plays with the donut theme, becoming immediately recognizable for fans of the TV series. The donut-shaped dial adds a fun touch to the way we wear Swatch, dressed in sugary style on this occasion. Moreover, the watch is also available with SwatchPAY! functionality, very useful in everyday life.

Available from November 2, coinciding with the arrival of the 35th season of The Simpsons. But the surprises don’t end here; Swatch and animated series fans will be surprised by other projects involving all the protagonists of the TV series. This watch comes alongside the launch of two other products also inspired by the world of The Simpsons: WONDROUS WINTER WONDERLAND and TIDINGS OF JOY. The first brings together the cartoon characters in gingerbread version as they dance on the snow-studded strap, while the second immortalizes the Simpson family singing together for the holiday season. Both models are already available in Swatch stores and on the website.

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Everyone wants Dr. Martens’ Jadon collaboration with Ganni

Everyone wants Dr. Martens’ Jadon collaboration with Ganni

Anna Frattini · 2 days ago · Style

The Jadon shoe is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and Dr. Martens has decided to commemorate the occasion with an unexpected partnership with Ganni. Rebellion and coolness come together in a boot that, when reimagined, becomes even more iconic. The photo announcing this partnership, captured by Grant James-Thomas, is a clear sign of the fusion of these two iconic brands.

GANNI è un brand che ha fatto irruzione nei feed di tutti per i look bon ton ma anche smart, dimostrando un dinamismo unico nel suo genere. La componente giocosa e positiva delle sue collezioni assume un carattere progressista che ha permesso al brand danese di farsi conoscere diventando un fenomeno globale. Insomma, c’é tutto. Anche il logo a farfalla di GANNI. Uno degli aspetti più interessanti di questa scarpa, però, sta nel materiale: una combinazione di poliestere e materiali privi di pellame. Ci troviamo quindi davanti a una scarpa che – con ogni probabilità – andrà subito sold-out.

GANNI is a brand that has made its way into everyone’s feeds with its chic and smart looks, demonstrating a unique dynamism. The playful and positive component of its collections takes on a progressive character that has allowed the Danish brand to become a global phenomenon. In short, this partnership has it all, including GANNI’s butterfly logo. However, one of the most interesting aspects of this shoe lies in the material: a combination of polyester and leather-free materials. We are therefore faced with a shoe that will likely sell out immediately.

The price is €285, available in sizes EU36 – 48 on ganni.com and drmartens.com, as well as in some selected stores.

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Moncler embraces Rick Owens’s futurism

Moncler embraces Rick Owens’s futurism

Anna Frattini · 1 day ago · Style

The collaboration announced today between Moncler and Rick Owens takes us into a new dimension, adorned with meticulously designed garments to fit into the environment recreated by Owens. A certainly innovative and extraordinary scenario, a “Sleep Pod” serving as the backdrop for the entire launch campaign. From the photos, it appears as if we are witnessing a tent with a futuristic character, a backdrop that is both comforting and strange at the same time.

Moncler x Rick Owens: details from the collection

An intimate, deeply introspective project is found in the concept of the silent sleeping pod recreated by Owens. «Halfway between a meat locker and an Egyptian tomb,» reads the press release. A truly captivating concept that comes with matchy-matchy outfits to be worn within this reality isolated from everything and more. Additionally, in the background of the campaign photos, the co-branded logo can be glimpsed, which we will see on all the pieces.

Let’s step out of this Sleep Pod for a moment and talk about the collection: the silhouettes are elongated, and the padding features a very interesting ray pattern. The palette, clearly, plays with very dark tones with the addition of dyed cotton denim and organic cotton jersey along with nylon and cashmere shaded from blue to acid yellow. The variety of garments remains one of the most interesting aspects: flight jackets, puffers, and down jackets, along with extra-long coats, accompany skirts, shorts, and tops. The denim, on the other hand, is cut to create tunics, dresses, and skirts, ring scarves, and shaggy boots along with a quilted blanket. In short, everything we could expect from a collaboration of this caliber is present in this collection.

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