The conceptual illustrations by Andrea Ucini

The conceptual illustrations by Andrea Ucini

Collater.al Contributors · 5 years ago · Art

Andrea Ucini, Florentine, 42 years old, emigrated to Denmark in search of fortune or to pursue the promise of a fertile environment and hospitable policies, it began as a composer.
Always interested in any artistic medium, Andrea through his portraits spreads ideas, words and feelings that are difficult to express.

Almost like a latent love that has always been there, but no one knows what name to give it, Andrea, as he tells me, decided to gather its work and try with the illustration in the literal sense.

His drawings have very iconic titles that recall the movie’s one, but especially television; just think of the dystopian nouvelle vague on Netflix that in the TV series staged neuroses and conflicts of modern man – and there are many questions that Andrea arises through his drawings and the titles he chooses.

I am very interested in how the world works,” he says, “and I am very critical and curious in all respects. My works take shape from a message that I try to make visible and consistent with the reality that surrounds us, without falling too much in the Surrealism “.

In the illustration that takes as its subject an invisible Trump  evoked only by the title and its foreign policy, Andrea tells me about how he “tried to make the conceptreal“, in the way that if every action creates a consequence, an itch – in this case Mexico for Trump – becomes something that annoys and everyone try to eliminate (the shoe that rubs the other one leg).”

But there is a certain underlying melancholy in his drawings.
And we can feel it by the dark colors.

Compared to the current trend, especially in drawings, which wants to be a part of a direct and uncompromising black and white, and other pastel colors, so unnerving for the delicacy they carry with them, his illustrations seem to talk to vintage photographs, to newspaper clippings and faded performance posters.

The choice of colors is not random and Andrea answer by saying that create “too much distance between an object and another through the colors bringing life to “a puzzle where you realize that the pieces are assembled to form an image, but only if it is observed at a certain distance “.

The desaturated colors have the power to condense everything and make it uniform to the eye. The eye glides looking message more easily and more naturally.

Are the colors and the modern conflicts staged gently, to make the work of Andrea something you never tire of watching.

It comes to my mind a truth unearthed by chance in a text by Albert Camus – The Rebel – to describe the work of Andrea: “Beauty, no doubt, does not make revolutions. But a day will come when revolutions will have need of beauty.

That in the Andrea drawings never misses.

Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Tommaso Berra · 6 days ago · Photography

InstHunt is a selection of Instagram images that we have found on Instagram during the week and that we will propose to you every Friday.

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: @rubencaeiropjoto, @valerycia, @fuocoescintille, @my_perfect_little_world, @_barbarac__, @jacopo_cerchi, @imagenationparis, @stefanodoffizi.ph, @cristian.perra, @mahirtasyurt.

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

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The aerial and conceptual photography by Brad Walls

The aerial and conceptual photography by Brad Walls

Tommaso Berra · 6 days ago · Photography

The popular photographer Brad Walls presented “Detached, in Harmony”, his latest series of photographs inspired by the past two years of pandemic.
The point of view is aerial, which distinguishes all of Walls’ artistic production. In this latest project we don’t have the sensation of looking at the scene through a mechanical eye but with an impersonal gaze that observes women in colorful costumes moving in a desert. The blue sky annuls the depth of the background, while the space is defined only by the choreography of the subjects, and by the shadows that the sun casts on the sand. The bodies become mannequin and all distances are studied and symmetry cancels the spontaneity of movements.

Brad Walls’ “Detached, in Harmony” is one of the few cases of conceptual aerial photography. Not using a handheld camera for conceptual shots is an unusual choice, but it helps represent the emotional distance experienced by the artist during the pandemic.
“The figures are purposefully static, to symbolise how we have been frozen in time over the past 18 months.” commented Walls.
Detached, in Harmony’ placed second in the 2021 Fine Art Photography Awards ‘Conceptual’ category, and placed silver in both the prestigious PX3 awards and Moscow Fine Art Awards of 2021. The artist currently plans to exhibit ‘Detached, in Harmony’ in a solo exhibition in 2022.

Check out the artist’s work on his official website.

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The expressions of the human body in the shots of Ophelia

The expressions of the human body in the shots of Ophelia

Collater.al Contributors · 2 days ago · Art, Photography

For some people photography is a hobby, for others, it can also become a profession, but first and foremost it is a form of expression and incredible discovery.
For Feli, aka Ophelia, photography has been gaining importance over time, and for the past year or so it has become part of her daily routine, but for a long time it was simply a seductive and fascinating art form.

Ophelia is 25 years old and lives in Hamburg, Germany. While studying to become a psychotherapist, she plays with analogue photography and creates intriguing portrait photographs.

Her photographic style is intimate, poetic and welcoming, putting the human body at the center of the discourse and using an essential aesthetic to tell the story of the purity of human emotions. The protagonists of her photographs communicate through their bodies, looks and expressions and convey opposite and complementary feelings.

Leggi anche: The analogue photography of Aurelie Lagoutte

For Ophelia, bodies offer infinite perspectives, variations and possibilities of abstraction. Portraying them in a photograph means emphasising their importance and reflecting their beauty and uniqueness.

See a selection of her shots here and follow her on Instagram to discover all her work.

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The editorial and modern shots of Dilyusa Gimadeeva

The editorial and modern shots of Dilyusa Gimadeeva

Collater.al Contributors · 2 days ago · Photography

Dilyusa Gimadeeva, better known as @dilyusa.photo on Instagram, is an extraordinary Russian photographer. Her work sees her engaged in fashion, including editorial photography, look books and photo campaigns for fashion brands.

It is precisely in this aspect that her incredible creativity makes its way: Dilyusa seems to mix the laws of photographic technique with instinct and artistic improvisation. A difficult fusion.

Her shots seem to be taken on an unknown planet, they are perfect compositions, studied in detail, halfway between vintage and modern.

Her models, struck by an electric and dazzling light, are the undisputed subjects of his photographs. They are, at the same time, protagonists and interpreters of the scene.

Dilyusa has taken editorial shots for fashion magazines such as Rebel Magazine, Flanelle Magazine, Wonderzine and Harper’s Bazaar.

Follow her on Instagram and support her work.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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