The Guestbook: our interview with João Marques

The Guestbook: our interview with João Marques

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Photography

It only took us a few seconds on his Instagram profile to fall in love with João Marques‘ shots, a photographer from Lisbon.

If we had to find a word to describe his photographs, it is contemplation, linked both to the subjects he takes and to the spectators. In fact, many of his images depict figures seen from behind with their eyes pointing towards the sky, at night, during the day, at sunset, full of stars or illuminated by the city lights. Like them, we too are completely enchanted by his work.

We asked João Marques a few questions and he told us how his passion for photography was born.

Tell us how you approached the photograph. Is there a particular moment that you remember?

It started when I was around 13, at that time I asked my dad to try out his digital camera, it was an Olympus and it was pretty cool to me. I started taking mostly portraits of my friends and it kinda was something that always sticked with me through the school years. I was living in a really small town and photography turned into my hobby, I was always filming and photographing my friends. When I was 17 I moved to Lisbon to finish high school and in the following year, I went to film school. In those 3 years, I focused mainly on cinema, I was watching a lot of movies and pretty much discovering my passion for cinema. Only in 2018 after finishing my degree and directing my first short-film ‘Incomum’ I stopped for a moment and thought it could be a cool idea to get some more serious knowledge on photography since it was part of my life for so long but never consciously. I went to Ar.Co and did a 1-year course and that’s when I started to do it again, and I just kept going.

What does photography mean to you and what do you try to tell through your shots?

I work most of the time by instinct, so there’s not that much of a reflection behind my work. At this point, something I understood about myself is that I have a need to create and express myself artistically in some form. I love that photography gave me this opportunity to produce instantly, create an idea or express my perception of a feeling on an image. For someone like me who already has a background also in the film world, where everything is much more complex and involves a lot of people, photography gives me the chance to make almost like a mood board to how I want my films to look and feel like. 

What equipment do you use to shoot? Which tools do you take with you when you shoot and why?

I shoot both analog and digital. My digital camera is a Sony A7 III and my film camera is Pentax K1000. It’s funny because actually I’ve never had other film cameras yet (besides point and shoot ones). I’ve been thinking about moving to a 120mm camera but for now still sticking with this one. I don’t like to do very much planning, so I guess most of the time I don’t take anything else besides the camera. If I take something it would be a small light or some prop that I would like to use on the shot.

Is there a shot you are closest to? Can you tell us about it?

If I had to choose one image, maybe this one. This image was taken around 2 am on January 1, 2019. This was the day where I started this series that I titled ‘the sky is a painting’ of night shots. This one represents all the other similar night images that I’ve done. I’ve always felt connected to night time and the sky. I used to stare a lot at the sky and have one of those moments of realizing how small we are. I like to play with this idea of the human vs universe. I would like to do in the future a photo book with all my night atmospheric shots.

Are there artists you follow or are you inspired by?

Sure. There are some other photographers I follow through social media that I find inspiring, mostly I think what attracts me is a personal point of view of the world and life. Some artists I highly recommend taking a look are Mia Novakova, Maya Beano, Tristan Hollingsworth and Edie Sunday for example. However, I think what I’m mostly inspired by is movies. Some filmmakers that have inspired me are David Lynch, Jonas Mekas, Teresa Villaverde, Wong Kar-Wai, and Robert Bresson.

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Fendi lit up Shanghai

Fendi lit up Shanghai

Andrea Tuzio · 1 month ago · Style

I don’t think there is any need to underline once again how China represents the first country to which luxury brands look. A magnet for all those brands that are trying to capture the attention of Chinese consumers who, at this moment, are expressing an unparalleled economic strength, in fact, despite the fact that 2021 has reshaped the largest fashion market in the world, China remains an absolute reference point.

In this context, Fendi celebrated the reopening of its Plaza 66 boutique in Shanghai by illuminating the skyscrapers of the historic Bund district on the banks of the Huangpu River, which bathes the Chinese megalopolis, with an extremely evocative takeover.

After having illuminated Times Square in New York in November, the Roman fashion house repeats itself by lighting up the night of Shanghai with its iconic yellow, inspired by the color of the sunsets of the eternal city. The focus of this takeover are Twin Towers of Shanghai Global Harbor and the Beijing Jingxin Building, in a splendid play of light thanks to the reflections on the mirror of the river. 

Fendi has posted videos and photos on its Instagram account showing us how wonderfully and sweetly Shanghai has been invaded by the warm and seductive yellow Fendi.

 
 
 
 
 
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6 Parisian museums pay homage to Yves Saint Lauren

6 Parisian museums pay homage to Yves Saint Lauren

Andrea Tuzio · 3 weeks ago · Style

Yves Saint Laurent and art have always been very close. A perfect example is the Fall/Winter collection of 1965“the Mondrian collection” – created when the French couturier, browsing through a book dedicated to the Dutch painter Mondrian, found inspiration: “Mondrian is purity. I don’t think there is anything purer in the world of art”. During his life he also put together a very important collection of works that included works by Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and Van Gogh. After his death, more than 1,200 works were sold by Christie’s auction house for a record $470 million.

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first haute couture show presented by Yves Saint Laurent on January 29, 1962, the French fashion house, in collaboration with 6 Parisian museums, organized a unique exhibition and collective tribute to one of the most important and influential personalities in the history of fashion

A curare Yves Saint Laurent Aux Musées, questo il nome dell’iniziativa che inizierà il 29 gennaio fino al 15 maggio, è stata Mouna Mekoua, curatrice indipendente e critica d’arte di stanza a Parigi, che ha dichiarato: “Pensavo che sarebbe stato impossibile convincere così tanti musei ad accettare la nostra idea, ma sono stati tutti molto interessati e molto entusiasti fin dall’inizio. È la prima volta che lavorano tutti insieme a un progetto”.

L’evento darà la possibilità di vedere il lavoro di Saint Laurent inserito all’interno dei contesti delle collezioni permanenti di ogni singolo museo e svelerà come il geniale designer sia stato ispirato dai più grandi artisti del XX secolo come Matisse, Picasso e lo stesso Mondrian. 

I 6 musei coinvolti sono: il Centre Pompidou, il Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, il Musée du Louvre, il Musée d’Orsay, il Musée Picasso e il Musée Yves Saint Laurent.

“Saint Laurent si ispirava molto all’arte e questo mostra i legami e il dialogo tra il suo lavoro e le mostre dei musei. Non volevamo mettere gli abiti in una stanza, li volevamo lì tra le collezioni permanenti. In questo modo i visitatori riscopriranno quelle collezioni e allo stesso tempo renderanno omaggio a Yves Saint Laurent. È come un arcipelago culturale”, ha aggiunto la Mekoua.

Yves Saint Laurent fondò la sua maison quando aveva soltanto 26 anni e lo fece assieme a Pierre Bergé, imprenditore e compagno dello stilista. Quando arrivò a Parigi soltanto 9 anni prima, si fece subito notare grazie ai suoi disegni unici e pieni di novità. 
“Credo che il lavoro di un couturier sia molto simile a quello di un artista. Infatti, ho sempre trovato ispirazione nel lavoro dei pittori contemporanei: Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian. Sempre influenzato dalla pittura, devo la mia collezione del luglio 1966 a pittori americani come Wesselman, Roy Lichtenstein. Tutti i miei abiti erano illuminati da paesaggi, lune e luce del sole. Come potevo resistere alla pop art che era l’espressione della mia giovinezza”, così lo stesso Saint Laurent spiegava il suo intrinseco rapporto con l’arte.

Ogni museo differenzierà l’esperienza e presenterà aspetti diversi del lavoro del couturier francese. Al Louvre verranno esposto alcuni dei suoi capi più iconici, al Musée d’Art Moderne i disegni che richiamano i colori degli artisti Pierre Bonnard e Raoul Dufy, al Musée d’Orsay saranno esposti alcuni degli abiti da sera da lui creati per il Bal Proust in occasione del centesimo compleanno dello scrittore – come quello che indossava il barone Guy de Rothschild e Jane Birkin – per un totale di 50 creazioni e oltre 300 disegni. Al museo Yves Saint Laurent invece i visitatori saranno accompagnati lungo tutto il processo creativo dello stilista, dallo schizzo su carta fino al capo finito.

Un viaggio nel lavoro e nella vita di Yves Saint Laurent. Un dialogo tra moda, arte e letteratura che abbraccia tutte le culture della storia che il designer francese è riuscito ad esprimere – parliamo di un intero universo artistico – attraverso le sue meravigliose creazioni esposte in 6 musei parigini.

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Gucci continues its journey into the digital world

Gucci continues its journey into the digital world

Andrea Tuzio · 3 weeks ago · Style

If there is one brand that is looking more closely than others at the digital and virtual world, which the Metaverse will make increasingly central to our lives, it is certainly Gucci.
Thanks to the 360° vision of its creative director Alessandro Michele, the Italian fashion house is expanding its horizons like very few other players not only in the fashion world.

Over the past year, Gucci has embarked on a wide-ranging marketing strategy, creating accessories and digital apparel for games and avatars, expanding its universe in the most economically viable directions. 
The landing in the gaming world with partnerships with Tennis Clash, The Sims, Genies, Roblox, Pokémon Go and Animal Crossing are a prime example. The gaming industry in fact reached $159 billion in revenue globally in 2020, to give you a yardstick the film industry earned $100 billion in 2019 – so pre-pandemic.
“It’s different, it’s inclusive, and in that sense, it’s a community akin to fashion. Games today have a strong correlation with the idea of self-expression”, said Robert Triefus, EVP of Gucci during the Vogue Business and TikTok Technology Forum held in March 2021. It’s a chance for gamers to express themselves and personalize their gaming experience even more, while at the same time Gucci is trying to bring home a new slice of audience and market that it wasn’t attracting before.

 
 
 
 
 
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The latest collaboration of the maison in chronological order, which should also go in the digital direction, is the one announced a few days ago with Superplastic
With the phrase “welcome to tha fam” the brand specializing in the creation of digital characters, art toys and accessories and founded by the multifaceted entrepreneur – but also a writer, photographer and filmmaker, as well as having founded at least a dozen other companies including KidrobotPaul Budnitz, announced the joint venture with Gucci. Unfortunately the info ends here but the reception from fans has been crazy.

 
 
 
 
 
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Superplastic has already made collaborations with the likes of J. Balvin, Fortnite, Gorillaz and many others and lately created a digital duo that has quickly become a global phenomenon, Janky & Guggimon, characterized by a real personality and a precise background. 

Janky is a self-proclaimed streetwear icon thanks to his raids through dumpsters looking for discarded clothes on movie sets and outside celebrity homes in Beverly Hills.

Guggimon is a fashion horror artist, axe collector, and DJ. While keeping his identity a secret due to social media anxiety, he has amassed a huge fan base.
The two live together at the House of Plastic located just outside of Brooklyn. Fans of the “evil” duo are obsessively addicted to their violent, provocative, and sometimes illegal content.

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s very likely that the Superplastic x Gucci collaboration will result in accessories, toys and almost certainly one or more NFTs as well as a digital collection. We continue to see an escalation of collaborations that, after characterizing 2021, will continue to be a hallmark of contemporary fashion in this just begun 2022.

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An auction dedicated to Chanel memorabilia

An auction dedicated to Chanel memorabilia

Andrea Tuzio · 3 weeks ago · Style

Yes, it’s true, by now the time for Christmas gifts (even those made for themselves) has passed but this is an opportunity not to be missed, however, you’ll have to be ready to shell out a lot of money because it’s a big deal.
Starting tomorrow, January 5th and running until the 11th, French auction house Artcurial will kick off a unique auction of 250 accessories, photographs, vintage items and memorabilia that have made the history of one of the most iconic fashion houses in history, Chanel.

Among the memorabilia that you can try to take home, always considering the prices and the fierce struggle to get them, we find: the denim suit that one of the supermodels par excellence, Claudia Schiffer, wore during the Fall/Winter ’93/’94 fashion show; a campaign photo that portrays Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington taken by Karl Lagerfeld in person in the late ’80s; a lizard shoulder strap; a quilted leather jacket and much more. Of course, there are also some cult accessories such as the logoed boomerang and the rubber ball for yoga or pilates.

Among the unforgettable moments in the history of Chanel, it is impossible not to include the Fall/Winter 2014/2015 show, when Lagerfeld turned the Grand Palais into a colorful and pop supermarket, having the models walk down the runway while shopping in a unique atmosphere. Of that moment, remained in the collective imagination, will be auctioned rusks with the double C and the detergent for colored clothes of Mademoiselle. 

The auction will take place exclusively online so if you want to give it a try, click here and good luck!

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