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Saturday, 24 November 2012

LET'S SNAPSHOT!

Ciao belli!

They say that sometimes the best things happen to us when we totally don't expect them...
As I believe it's so true, I also think that sometimes the best ideas we get come totally unexpected as well.

Actually, I don't know if this idea I got today, when this rainy and moody day in Dublin is about to finish and outside it's still lashing is going to be THAT great,

but I still want to give it ago, at least to see what you think about it.

Today, I'll launch the first one of a (I hope long...) series of posts with snapshots of my weeks.
They don't NECESSARILY have to do with the topics we usually talk about, but still, they are a resume of what I do and as I try to live my life breathing art in every single form of it, I think they are going to be kind of interesting...

Hope you'll enjoy them! 

xo 


Coming back in Dublin after an amazing week end in London with Francesca,

Seeing my best buddy Chiara getting her tattoo after celebrating her birthday with our lovely friends,

Receiving unexpected presents from mamma, who managed to fit a little bit of her love in the same box: best present ever,

Going around Dublin to take inspiration for the features of the upcoming magazine we are building with some Danish students,

Buying Italian food in our favourite place in town,

Proudly wearing my purchases from Camden Town,

Trapping my feet into the 5000 balloons which are still travelling all around our flat.



















Thursday, 22 November 2012

I know a town, and it's in London...

Hola my dear followers! 

Here I am again after a while...

...as you know, sometimes I go around.
I love travelling so much, and it happens that I really feel the necessity of taking some days off and go somewhere different.
Of course, this kind of "necessity" can easily turn out to be a little expensive...

...but if you have a friend that offers you a place where to crash and a last minute cheap flight, well then why not?
That's why, last week end I've been to London for the second time this year.
I must say, it was a super crazy week end.
Not only because it felt almost surreal to live with my friend Francesca, who I've known since we are eight years old and that now lives in a lovely tiny flat in Baker Street,



but also because I've met some people and I've done some things which were totally unexpected.
Also, I've slept basically less than a casual week day from Wednesday until Sunday, which was dramatic as back in Dublin I had to finish all the assignments I was supposed to do during the week...
But seriously, IT WAS SO WORTH AND SO GREAT!
Great to the point that even if as I already told you I could not live in London (too cold, enormous and with that strange feeling of loss...), after this time I can say that I like it better than before, definitely!

I told you about my first trip there in January, and I shared with you some pictures of the amazing Vintage Vogue I got in a small book shop in Notting Hill, 
but this time I'd like to talk about a different part of the city, which I had the chance to explore much better going around with some lovely Spanish friends who came from Bilbao to meet me in London: 
CAMDEN TOWN.



Seriously, when I think about London, Camden Town is probably one of my favourite parts of the city.
It's full of contrasts:
a very small spot which tries so hard to maintain a different feeling into a gigantic reality which is incredibly technological and modern;


and even if it seems strange, it manages to keep that "something" different, as when you are in Camden town, it does not feel at all like being in London.
Seriously, think about Oxford Circus or Westminster and then move your mind to the small streets with the old buildings and the red stoned which characterise this small actual town inside the city: do you get what I mean?


As I said, it's full of contrasts: modern world wide chains of clothing such as American Apparel or Vans 


fused together with the vintage markets and the small stalls where you can find pretty much everything you always wanted to wear but you weren't sure it actually existed...



Sometimes it can look a little melancholic, I have to say, 



but it's just a necessary consequence of it's being different and somehow detached by everything else, in London and in the entire world.


Anyway, this crazy and unique place gave me the chance to come back with something new for you on a topic we have been disregarding for a little too long now: STREET FASHION.
Admit it: you knew that! 
Of course... where if not in Camden town could I find some great examples of street fashion?! 
And I'm not talking about some of the very crazy stuff you can find in the many stalls of the market itself 


going from extreme punk, so perfectly styled that these pieces are amazing even if you pick just one of them, such as a coat or a skirt, and wear them completely out of contest, inserting them in your closet even if your style is not usually punk at all...


...to all the possible types of T-shirts and thank-tops you can possibly imagine, with any kind of prints, from famous people portrayed in unusual poses to objects and writings...


...or again, amazing vintage pieces, such as the original military jackets that look so cool on both boys and girls, as long as they are oversize at least a tiny bit, of course...


Something I absolutely loved?
The SHOES, and not only the great and cheaper version of the usually expensive military boots that are so en vogue at the moment, but also the craziest and strangest ones you wouldn't be able to find anywhere else...


Seriously, it's like a drug: when you start you would never stop, and look at every single shop or stall you find on your way.
But especially if it's your first time in Camden Town you should keep in your mind that the market it's not even big... it's HUGE!
And the best part is actually at the end, where you get to Camden Lock, where you'll be able to find various kinds of food, all great (thank god!), which you can eat sitting down close to the river or just take away with you, if you are brave enough to go on without a break.


As I said, the shops here are amazing, but probably the best examples of street fashions are the actual customers, who are actually pretty likely to be photographed, as I noticed for example when I asked this group of super cool Asian girls if they would have agreed to be taken a picture for my blog:


They were actually pretty happy to pose and they gave me some great shots! :)
Another one who got my attention was this guy I've met inside of the cover market while looking around for something to eat, he looked stunning!


It was a great day, the one spent in Camden Town, and see the happiness on the faces of my lovely friend Marina, who is so curious and fascinated about fashion made it even better.
Best purchase of the day?
A pair of studded half-finger gloves which I absolutely L-O-V-E and a thank top with a Nikon camera printed on it.
After getting the gloves, I just couldn't stop wearing them, and they ended up being better than expected as they are actually warm... and versatile!
Couldn't think about wearing them on a night out in Mayfair?


Check them out! 

And stay tuned... ;)

xoxo



















Sunday, 11 November 2012

Caitriona's lights... (part one)

Good morning everybody, and happy Sunday!

Here in Dublin the sun is shining, for now, and the sky is incredibly blue.
No clouds around, which is pretty strange for a fall morning in Ireland.

And it's even stranger if I think about my beloved friends and my family in Italy, who are struggling so much these days in Venice, because of the rain which made the water go all over the place.
As usual tho...

Anyway, this sunny morning is making me feel inspired so I decided to post about something I've been wanting to share with you since a long time.
I kept on procrastinating because of many reasons, editing first of all, as today we talk again about photography.

I hope you my readers are not getting fed up about all this photographic talking... but really, today I have something very interesting to show you.
Again, this post is gong to be about one of the people around me who I think deserve a spot for their talent and passion.

My friend Muhammad Sami is for sure one of them.




Sami studies Photography at Griffith College and even if it's just his second year, he has a lot of experience on his shoulders, as he has been attending various courses of photography around Ireland, before being chosen from Griffith for a seat in the BA in Photography,  which he totally deserves.

We met in College last year, as I've been posing for him in two shoots during the second semester, and I've been very impressed by his dedication and his PASSION.
He made me a confession: he is obsessed.
His camera is everything for him: a friend and a business partner, but also a precious tool he is learning how to use and which he allows him to create what we love to talk about in this baby blog of mine: ART.

That's why at the beginning of this semester, when back in Ireland, I contacted Sami and I proposed him to become partners and help each other with projects and shootings, as I thought I could learn a lot from him and at the same time I could have been helpful: everyone needs an assistant.
He agreed, and since September we have been collaborating together.
Thanks to him, I've met many interesting and lovely people, who are being the protagonists of my blog as well, and who are all incredibly talented.

But now is his turn, 
his moment,
today we are going to talk about his great work, and I'm going to show you some of the things he does: 
you'll judge then, as the best way to get acknowledged of someones talent is look at his work, as it always speaks for itself.

So let's see some of Sami's pieces of art!

The pictures that I'm going to show you today belong to a shooting we did earlier in October.
Sami wanted to create the contrast between elegance and urban environment, by shooting a ballet dancer in a place which does not have anything in common with a theatre.



(Muhammad Sami, all rights reserved)

That's why, after getting the contact of the gorgeous Caitriona Brocklebank (ballet dancer who teaches in a dance school here in Dublin) and after meeting her for a coffee during which we decided the guidelines for the project, we then met on a Sunday (not a one as good as this one is...) for the actual shooting.

First of all, we took some pictures in the basement of Griffith's Accommodation, which ended up being a very nice place for Sami's idea of creating a contras between the subject and the environment.



(Muhammad Sami, all rights reserved)

Then we moved to one of the studios, 




and we went on trying various outfits and poses, some of which were absolutely fantastic.
I did the make up 




and sewed a dress for the occasion, 



 
which we used for some shots, 


(Muhammad Sami, all rights reserved)

but the most beautiful one, as often happens, are the most simple ones.
Total black, 



(Muhammad Sami, all rights reserved)

dance movements, 



(Muhammad Sami, all rights reserved)

a black scarf which covered part of Caitriona's body in order to underline her amazing muscles and athletic body structure.





(Muhammad Sami, all rights reserved)

It was absolutely great to work with Sami staying not in front of the camera but behind it, as even if he is still experimenting a lot, he really knows what to do much more than many people I've been working before.




Much more that me, I have to confess.




At the end, we were exhausted but thrilled, and during the past weeks I've been dying to see the pictures as they came out.
Now that I'm showing them to you, I'm realising how great they are.



(Muhammad Sami, all rights reserved)

Sweet but strong at the same time, they are the kind of pictures I'd like to hang in my living room, and show them to my friends and the people I love.
Maybe one day I actually will have one of Sami's pictures hanging in my house...

...and if you'll turn it, you will see an autograph on the back... 



(Muhammad Sami, all rights reserved)

Are you still wondering why I am so excited for the nice weather which is lighting Dublin today?
All right, you got me.
Today we are going to shoot the second part of Caitriona's shooting: an outdoor one, around Dublin heading to different locations.




So don't worry, this is just a bite of the cake...

...the rest coming up soon! 

Stay tuned ;)

xoxo

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Angel & MICHAEL's & Devil

Hello my dearest ones! 

I must say, this is such a crazy period.
There is so much going on...

New people who I am having the great lick to meet, as they are all very special and happening to bring new inspiration in my life in very different ways.

New experiences which are bringing me to new places and teaching me new things whose existence I've never even imagined about.

New ideas, most of them coming out in the most random situations, but which are turning out to be much more interesting that I've expected.

Of course, I want to share everything of this with you and that is making my list of things I want to post about longer and longer...

...but don't worry! :) 

We will deal with everything step by step, and I hope that all this universe of influences that happens to be my life will not make you feel confused and that you'll just feel a little inspired as I do when I think about all the marvelous things that are outside there, and that are just waiting to find their spot in the world.

Isn't it exciting that we get to talk about them from the very beginning of their story?
Isn't it so great that we get to see their development, and that we can hope to be able one day to say:
"I remember how it was at the beginning!".

That's what I love the most... get to see the creative process developing, growing, changing in the mind and in the work of these people, and of myself as well, as I feel like a piece of this big puzzle which is waiting to find its right position.

So...

...let's get down to business. Today I'd like to share with you one of the random ideas I've been telling you before.
This one is probably a very good example, as it came out very late at night, while Chiara and I were chilling in the living room, trying to think about something to do as we had the photographic studio booked for practice day later.
What if we gave a role to each other?
What if one of us was a Devil?
What if the other was an Angel?
What if their role were then changing?
And most of all: What about our friend Michael, who happened to be practicing with us?

That was the very beginning of what then became our first photo story, as I liked our idea so much that I decided to write it down as it was an actual story, to which we then combined our pictures.

That's what I'm showing you today, I hope you'll enjoy it...
Feel free to comment, both positively or negatively, your voice is going to be heard and taken into great consideration!

I promise... ;)


ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE WERE A DEVIL AND AN ANGEL.


THE DEVIL LIKED TO DO MEAN THINGS, AND MAKE JOKES TO THE HUMAN BEINGS.
BUT THE JOKES WERE NOT FUNNY.


THE DEVIL WAS ALWAYS UNHAPPY AND USED TO FEEL SATISFIED ONLY WHEN HIS ANNOYANCES WERE SUCCESSFUL:


THE WORSE THE DEVIL WAS BEHAVING, THE HAPPIER HE WAS.


THE ANGEL ON THE OTHER SIDE LIKED TO HELP PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM FEEL GOOD AND HAPPY.


THE ANGEL WAS CHEERFUL AND LOVED TO SPREAD GOOD FEELINGS AROUND HIM.


THE ANGEL USED TO TAKE CARE OF HUMAN BEINGS IF THEY WERE IN TROUBLE.



WHEN THE ANGEL WAS AROUND, EVERYBODY USED TO THINK POSITIVELY 


AND FEEL COMFORTABLE AND HOPEFUL TOWARD THEIR LIVES.


AND THEN, THERE WAS MICHAEL.


HE WAS A NORMAL BOY, GOING TO A NORMAL SCHOOL, SPENDING HIS TIME WITH HIS FRIENDS WHO WERE NORMAL HUMAN BEINGS AS WELL AND CULTIVATING NORMAL INTERESTS.
DREAMING NORMAL DREAMS.


BUT MICHAEL ALSO HAD SOMETHING SPECIAL.
THAT'S WHY BOTH THE DEVIL AND THE ANGEL WERE VERY CURIOUS ABOUT THIS APPARENTLY NORMAL FELLOW WHO INSTEAD HAPPENED TO BE VERY SPECIAL.
SINCE THE DEVIL AND THE ANGEL GOT INTERESTED IN MICHAEL, THEY BECAME TWO VERY DIFFERENT SIDES OF HIS PERSONALITY.

A GOOD ONE.


AND A BAD ONE.
VERY BAD.


BUT MOST OF ALL, THEY STARTED TO INFLUENCE MICHAEL'S LIFE A LOT.


THE ANGEL TRYING TO TAKE CAR OF HIM 


EVERY TIME HE HAPPENED TO BE IN AN UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATION.


STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO HIM...


...AND MAKING HIM FEEL SAFE...


...EVEN IF HE DIDN'T KNOW WHY HE WAS FEELING THAT WAY!


THE DEVIL ANNOYING HIM AND TRYING TO GET RID OF THE ANGEL'S HELP.


THE DEVIL LOVED IT...


...BECAUSE BY ANNOYING MICHAEL AFTER THE ANGEL HAD HELPED HIM...


...HE COULD HURT BOTH OF THEM.


THE ANGEL WAS VERY PATIENT, AS ALL THE ANGELS ARE, BUT ONE DAY HE GOT VERY TIRED OF THIS SITUATION.
THE ANGEL AND THE DEVIL THEN STARTED TO FIGHT.


WHILE FIGHTING THE ANGEL REALIZED HE WAS VERY UPSET TRYING TO HELP EVERYBODY WITH NO RESULT AS THE DEVIL WAS HURTING THEM ALL AFTERWORD.
THE DEVIL ON THE OTHER HAND REALIZED THAT HE WAS TIRED OF SPENDING TIME HURTING PEOPLE WHO WERE THEN GOING TO BE RESCUED BY THE ANGEL.


THEY DIDN'T IMMEDIATELY UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS HAPPENING, BUT WITH NO EXPLANATION THEY STARTED TO BEHAVE IN THE OPPOSITE WAY FROM THE ONE THEY WERE USED TO...


...THE ANGEL STARTED TO ENJOY BEING MEAN.


VERY MEAN.


HURTING MICHAEL INSTEAD OF RESCUING HIM.


BUT NEITHER THE ANGEL'S JOKES WERE FUNNY...


...NOT AT ALL.


THE DEVIL STARTED TO FEEL LIKE RESCUING MICHAEL AFTER HE HAD BEEN HURT.


AND TAKING CARE OF HIM WHEN NECESSARY.


IMAGINE HOW CONFUSED POOR MICHAEL WAS AT THIS POINT,


FEELING LIKE THERE WERE TWO SIDES OF HIM FIGHTING TO GET HIM.


ONE WHICH WAS APPARENTLY GOOD...


...BUT TURNED TO BE BAD.


THE OTHER ONE WHICH LOOKED BAD...


...BUT WAS ACTUALLY GOOD.


AND THEY BOTH WANTED TO GET HIM.
BOTH OF THEM.


AND INFLUENCE HIS BEHAVIOR WITH HIS NORMAL FRIENDS, HIS CHOICES IN HIS NORMAL LIFE AND HIS NORMAL SCHOOL'S GRADES.


THAT WAS FOR SURE SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN VERY OFTEN.


IN FACT, WE USE TO THINK THAT WHEN SOMETHING IS BAD OR GOOD IT JUST IS, AN THAT'S IT.


BUT WHEN DOES BAD BECOMES GOOD OR VICE VERSA?


CAN AN ANGEL TURN INTO A DEVIL?


CAN A DEVIL TURN INTO AN ANGEL?


WHAT DID MICHAEL DO?


NO ONE KNOWS, AS THE END OF THE STORY HAS BEEN LOST A LONG, LONG TIME AGO.


BUT MICHAEL'S STORY IS STILL IMPORTANT, AS IT'S THE TESTIMONY A LOT OF HUMAN BEINGS ARE OFTEN NOT SURE ABOUT:


THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE LOOKING AT US.



Stay tuned! 

xoxo