The Blue Moment, the city seen from Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

The Blue Moment, the city seen from Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

Claudia Fuggetti · 2 months ago · Photography

The blue hour in the photographic tradition is that particular moment of the day that concerns the sunset, more in detail, the last moments before the sun disappears completely in the sky. The photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze knows what we are talking about since his photographic project The Blue Moment is dedicated to the blue hour.

The story of the project, as the artist tells us, is very simple:

“One particular day I was shooting the city at sunset, bright light washed out most of the colors, you could feel the heat through the images. I decided to stay a little longer to watch the sun going down and the city lighting up. I witnessed how just for few minutes the city was enveloped in a deep blue haze. The blueness projected itself ferociously onto the buildings that looked colorless just a little while before. I was deeply impressed”.

We live this moment every day, yet we can’t see the magic that surrounds us, that’s why Romain decided to dedicate his project to the beauty of the blue hour that catapults the city of Hong Kong into an almost spiritual dimension.

Through a skillful composition of the image, the artist has accentuated the aesthetic power of the particular light condition, proposing images that blend the natural element with the urban one in an almost surreal and dreamlike way.

The Blue Moment represents the perfect balance between the visual strength of the city and the undeniable power of nature.

The Blue Moment, la città vista da Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze | Collater.al
The Blue Moment, la città vista da Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze | Collater.al
The Blue Moment, la città vista da Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze | Collater.al
The Blue Moment, la città vista da Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze | Collater.al
The Blue Moment, la città vista da Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze | Collater.al
The Blue Moment, la città vista da Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze | Collater.al
The Blue Moment, la città vista da Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze | Collater.al
The Blue Moment, la città vista da Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze | Collater.al
The Blue Moment, la città vista da Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze | Collater.al
The Blue Moment, la città vista da Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze | Collater.al
The Blue Moment, la città vista da Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze | Collater.al
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Polar Night, the cold and the dark of Alaska

Polar Night, the cold and the dark of Alaska

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Photography

It’s called Utqiaġvik, the northernmost city in Alaska – and therefore the United States – and is 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Here, every year for 65 days, the sun never rises, bringing down the earth, the houses, the roads, the cars under a cold blanket of snow, as well as darkness. This phenomenon leads to an increase in the suicide rate and in the use of drugs and antidepressants. Here the solastalgia, that feeling of malaise linked to the sudden changes that take place in the place where you live, is real, is palpable.
Photographer Mark Mahaney was fascinated by this place and this period of perpetual darkness, so much so that he dedicated an entire photographic project to it: Polar Night.
His shots are a journey to a place that is periodically frozen under meters of snow and with it even life stops, changes, slows down.

In our gallery, you can find a selection of the shots of Polar Night by Mark Mahaney.

Polar Night di Mark Mahaney | Collater.al
Polar Night di Mark Mahaney | Collater.al
Polar Night di Mark Mahaney | Collater.al
Polar Night di Mark Mahaney | Collater.al
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Polar Night di Mark Mahaney | Collater.al
Polar Night di Mark Mahaney | Collater.al
Polar Night di Mark Mahaney | Collater.al
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Eric Van Nynatten, NY photographed with an iPhone

Eric Van Nynatten, NY photographed with an iPhone

Claudia Fuggetti · 2 months ago · Photography

The question that arises more and more spontaneously within the circuit of contemporary photography is whether to make convincing images you need to use a camera.

The answer seems almost obvious looking at Eric Van Nynatten‘s images and, even more interesting, it could be that of those who in the future will think of an iPhone 8 Plus as an obsolete device.

In his series New York Observations, we find a cinematic NY that sometimes makes us think of the famous cult Once Upon a Time in America by Sergio Leone. All the images were taken exclusively with an iPhone 8 Plus; then they were post-produced.

Knowing and knowing how to use both film and digital cameras is important to get to know what you are doing, but even more important is the design, the storytelling, the look. Eric offers us a nostalgic look, capturing moments, places and atmospheres of his New York, telling us a street story that must be kept in memory, both ours and the digital one.

Follow Eric Van Nynatten on Instagram.

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The ethereal universe by Polina Washington

The ethereal universe by Polina Washington

Claudia Fuggetti · 2 months ago · Photography

Polina Washington does not define herself as a photographer, but as a visual explorer who seeks to experiment with new possible worlds through the art of photography. Her ethereal and fragile universe sees the female figure at the center of her research, often represented as an evanescent muse.

After graduating with a degree in photography from the University of Cinema and Television, Polina never stopped, shooting and drawing inspiration from both the world of nature and her everyday life.

Forests blend with the sinuous bodies of women, indefinite faces, neon lights, and daydreams are part of the surreal and intimate universe to which Polina gives a life.

Take a look at the artist’s Instagram profile here.

L'universo etereo di Polina Washington | Collater.al
L'universo etereo di Polina Washington | Collater.al
L'universo etereo di Polina Washington | Collater.al
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The Chilean situation through the photos by Sebastián González

The Chilean situation through the photos by Sebastián González

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Photography

For more than two weeks now, Chile has been at the center of the news, the front pages of newspapers and the homes of our social networks. The words “El pueblo unico jamas sarà vencido” (The united people will never be defeated) resonate in the air and the images of the millions of people in the streets of the capital Santiago – but also of cities like Concepción and Valparaíso – to protest are a testimony that what is happening is much more than just a protest. 

It all began with the increase in the price of Santiago’s metro ticket at peak times, generating mass entrances with no metro ticket, which inexorably turned into marches, clashes with the police, fires, and looting of shops. So, in the end, the price of the ticket became the straw that broke the camel’s back, the opportunity for the Chilean people to claim their rights.

Sebastian Gonzalez Xebastien | Collater.al

It can be said that the situation in Chile was one of apparent calm, but under the surface there were problems and flaws linked to the education, health and tax system, privatization of water and the growing inequality between the rich and middle classes. 

The response of President Sebastián Piñera did not satisfy the people, on the contrary, to feel advised not to take the metro at rush hour, to define the social crisis as a war and to feel called “a powerful and implacable enemy that respects nothing and nobody” seems to have ignited even more the minds. 

The streets of Santiago have become the stage of a real war that takes place with the eyes of the world pointed at it and there are those who join the demonstrators also manage to restore and show the reality of the situation. I’m talking about Sebastián González, Chilean advertiser, and photographer, who is always looking for new perspectives, new ways to show what surrounds us. We can’t help but look at the shots he publishes on his Instagram profile, which capture the soul of Santiago plunging into the fumes of tear gas, into the carcasses of burnt vehicles, where blue, grey and black seem not to let the sun’s rays through. The darkness, the fear, the army on the street, the insecurity, everything we see in Sebastián’s photographs reopens a wound that has not yet healed, bringing us back to that distant 1973 that changed the history of Chile and beyond.

“Nosotros no estamos en guerra, solo estamos manifestando por nuestros derechos.”

Below is a selection of Sebastián González’s shots. 

Sebastian Gonzalez Xebastien | Collater.al
Sebastian Gonzalez Xebastien | Collater.al
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