The Guestbook – Leandro Colantoni

The Guestbook – Leandro Colantoni

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

Leandro Colantoni was born in Agrigento in 1991 and it is his land, Sicily, that is at the center of his artistic research. This is testified by his photographic series “Ultimo Paesaggio Siciliano“, through which he makes a careful analysis of culture and landscape. Objects linked to tradition, customs and eating habits accompany us on a journey of discovery of a place strongly linked to its past and its history, but which, despite this, is changing.

Fascinated by his work, we asked some questions to Leandro who told us how his passion was born, his style and much more.

Read our interview below and not to miss Leandro Colantoni’s next works follow him on Instagram and have a look at his website.

Tell us how you approached photography. Is there a particular moment you remember?

I can’t focus on an exact moment, but I think that if today I’m obsessed with photography it’s thanks to Luigi Ghirri’s work, maybe unconsciously I decided to become a photographer after discovering his images. It was all gradual, about 5 years ago. I started studying self-taught photography from a Kodak encyclopedia of the 80s/90’s that I found myself at home, months before buying a camera. Maybe this also influenced my way of photographing, I only imagined the first photographs. With my first savings I bought my first camera, from there I started to photograph for real.

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

It is a complicated question, for me, photography is many things: it is language, it is research, it is intuition. I use it to express myself but also to investigate myself and everything around me. It is inevitable to attribute to my shots a documentary value compared to Sicily, the place where I was born and live, in part that is what I tell. But I like to think that everyone can find inside those images what they feel, I always want to leave to the observer the complete interpretation of the image.

Are there artists you follow or are you inspired by?

Sure, there are many artists I follow and inspire me. As I mentioned before, Ghirri, but also others like William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Guido Guidi, Jason Fulford, or more contemporary photographers like Sam Youkilis, Piero Percoco, Pat Martin, Sam Gregg and many others. Cinema is another discipline that for me is a very strong source of inspiration, I can mention the first authors that come to my mind as Wes Anderson, David Lynch, Michelangelo Antonioni, Win Wenders and many others, from a film enthusiast my list could become very long.

Your latest photographic series entitled “Ultimo Paesaggio Siciliano” is entirely made with an iPhone. What led you to prefer the phone camera to a camera?

Working, I couldn’t devote all my time to photography, to make the two things fit together I needed a photographic tool that was always with me in every situation, so I realized that the iPhone camera was perfect for what I wanted to do. It was a choice of convenience. Today I mainly use the one for photography, I like its aesthetics and I think it represents our time, but I don’t deny that I can change my mind, I started with a digital reflex camera, I also photographed with film, today I use an iPhone, tomorrow I don’t know, I’m very inclined to change. The important thing is to do photography, the instrument always takes second place.

Is there a shot you’re closer to? Can you tell us about it?

It’s difficult to choose one, in fact, many times you create a kind of detachment from individual photos, it’s not easy to explain. But I can tell you that I’m attached to the series “Ultimo Paesaggio Siciliano”, for me it’s like a visual testament on the last Sicily, which helped me to appreciate more the places where I live, with its people and its culture.

What advice would you give to those who want to approach photography?

First of all to have the passion and to believe in what you do without ever stopping, for any reason. Studying, in the academy if you have the opportunity if you can’t do it at home, but studying is important, today you can find resources everywhere. Do not be afraid to expose yourself, and even if criticism comes in, you must have the ability to turn it into teaching. Finally photographing, photographing and photographing with every means.

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Andreas Levers and the mystery of the city at night

Andreas Levers and the mystery of the city at night

Giulia Guido · 7 days ago · Photography

While everyone is taking pictures of him working, while everyone is asleep he takes pictures. I’m talking about Andreas Levers, a photographer based in Potsdam who spends his nights in the streets of the city trying to capture their most mysterious and dark side. It’s not the first time we’ve talked about his series At Night, but after three years we were very happy to discover that Andreas didn’t get tired of this magical subject and kept shooting. 

The nights that attract the photographer the most are those dark, cold nights when the fog falls and covers the top floors of the skyscrapers and allows you to see only what is really close to you. The rest remains a mystery, amplified by the white lights of the street lamps and neon lights, unable to penetrate the mist. 

But while the light, of course, cannot reveal what is beyond the visible, our mind has already embarked on a fantastic journey: like Andreas Levers, we too walk in the dark, trying not to be seen, as if we were following someone, or as if someone were following us. 

The calm, the awareness of being alone, the only awakenings surround us and accompany us once again in scenarios that never lose their charm.

We hope that At Night will never end, that like us can’t wait to see the next picture, Andreas Levers can’t wait to go down the street, when the city falls asleep and the magic becomes reality. 

Check out the new shots from the At Night photo series below and to stay up to date on Andreas Levers’ work go to his website and follow him on Instagram

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Cinematography – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cinematography – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Giordana Bonanno · 6 days ago · Photography

Friday is here, again, and this weekend we’ll have some time to dedicate to our favorite hobby: watch a movie. If you run out of ideas don’t worry, you won’t waste time because we have already chosen The Grand Budapest Hotel, a movie that everyone has seen once in their life, but two are always better than one.

It’s certainly Wes Anderson‘s most intricate and interesting film and most likely also the director’s aesthetic and narrative masterpiece. It won nine nominations at the Oscars in 2015, triumphing in the categories “Best Costume”, “Best Set Design“, “Best Makeup” and “Best Soundtrack”; at the Globe, instead, the film won as “Best Comedy or Music”.

(Still undecided whether to watch it?)

The story is certainly as bizarre as the characters in it, sometimes so intricate that it seems impossible to get out of it, yet there’s nothing impossible inside that mysterious hotel because everything is suspended in a surreal, earthly world.

Wes, with the director of photography Robert Yeoman, creates every single scene taking into account the most imperceptible details in order to produce perfect images even in the pause; the color choices are his strong point, all the films have a palette of reference so as to conquer memorability among the memories of anyone who has already seen them.

Colors play an important role since they determine two types of scenes: for the harmonious and calm ones the selection of soft and pastel colors prevails, while the pressing and alienating ones they appear under strong color combinations. Needless to say that photography represents the key element in the cinematographic realization and needless to say that in this Wes is its master.

There is no doubt: his aesthetic and artistic imagination is unique, but there are those who, letting themselves be inspired, have built their photographic work on a chromatic choice and framing at the limits of precision. This is the case of Teresa Freitas, a young Portuguese photographer who, through her shots, shows us common scenes with meticulous attention to the elements that build them, proposing something that perhaps we have already seen but never through this perspective.

Did you know: for the outdoor shots of the hotel Wes used a 3-meter-high scale model, made entirely by hand because if this had been done on the computer, in the director’s idea, it would have appeared to the audience too offset from reality.

Film: Comedy
Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Stefan Zweig (inspired by the writings of), Wes Anderson (screenplay)
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric

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London in lockdown, photos of Jan Enkelmann

London in lockdown, photos of Jan Enkelmann

Emanuele D'Angelo · 6 days ago · Photography

When we think of London, we immediately think of a city with chaotic rhythms, frenetic and tireless, like any self-respecting modern capital. Because of the pandemic, however, everything came to a sudden halt almost suddenly.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, following in the footsteps of his illustrious colleagues all over the world, has frozen the entire city until at least June, waiting for the contagion curve to slow down.

The English photographer Jan Enkelmann decided to document the deafening silence of his city, never seen before.
So on 23 March, the night the lockdown was announced, the photographer climbed on his bike to admire deserted London, never seen like this in 20 years of his life. A few weeks later, he took his camera with him and decided to capture the whole thing.

Like many others I felt compelled to document the lack of crowds in usually crowded locations. But looking at the set of images I have made over the last weeks, I feel this project has taken on a life of its own. Maybe these photos are less about the lack of human presence and rather about the stillness of a city being allowed a breather to reveal a beauty that often goes unnoticed.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 6 days 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: @davidecannavo, @carla_sutera_sardo, @eyepyre, @m_streetphoto, @kei_scampa, @_hartemis, @matteotriola, @userid019, @wonmin.9, @erikaconlaci.

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

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