Discover Italian Talent Massimo Scognamiglio The Day Italia plays Germany Euro 2016

Enter the world of Massimo Scognamiglio on the day that every Italian in the world will be glued to their television screens watching Italy take on Germany except for Massimo who will be walking around the streets of Rome. Massimo much like the late great David Bowie is always experimenting, creating using various media.  Here is an interview with Massimo and an insight into the world of this talented photographer.  Check out Massimo’s studio website, and his magazine The Magazine Of Everything.

1. What do you consider yourself : Artist or photographer?

I’m a “visual mind” constantly experimenting and ranging between art and photography.
I always confront myself with analog, instant and digital photography, and mixing them together I have distilled quite a remarkable challenge for myself.

2 . How did you start?
I grow up with my grand father’s Leica rangefinder in my hands. Studying cinema allowed me to look at the world from many different perspectives. Working as creative director of some of the most important Italian communication agencies, I have always held the world of cinema & photography as the “base language” of the communication.

3. You are always creating new projects what are some future projects?
A lot of projects!
First of all: I created with the artist Massimo Buccilli a duo the paint as one artist: we are preparing a Solo Exhibition as painter in a huge and amazing building in the historic center of Rome (mid October).
I’m preparing a performance and a photo-exhibition in Paris with my project “Rebirth”: people photographed as they are frozen between life and death. One more thing: Gothic Angels, kids photographed as a dark angels or punk stars.

4. What inspired you to do your current project?
Human body, I love the flesh, I love the humanity that flows from the veins of a living body.
And I’m inspired by my wife, a beautiful woman & extraordinary and visionary stylist and art director.

5. Are you going to watch Italy v Germany today if so where?
Of course no! But not because I’m a snob person but because I love to walk around when the city seems empty of people, like in a post atomic scenario.

6. Your favorite spot in Rome?
Every single streets, walking or cycling, if you want to try to understand this city just walk after a rainstorm, under the amazing light of the breathtaking Rome.

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Catherine MacKenzie ‘Photographer of the Year’ rocking Photography in Northern Ireland

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It is the 50th Anniversary of ‘Sound of Music’ tomorrow, but for the talented photographer of Northern Ireland the sound of music arrived early.  Catherine Mackenzie is an amazing talent, and  The Professional Photographer Association of Northern Ireland seems to think so as well.  Last night Catherine was not only awarded the ‘Fashion Photographer of the Year’ but many more honours were bestowed upon her.  Follow her on her Twitter and Facebook and keep up with this amazing talent who knows how to tell a story with her lens.  What is she feeling like after last night?  In her own words.

I really don’t know where to start!!!
I think I’m still floating to be honest.
I am so privileged to be part of the amazing society that is the professional photographic association of northern Ireland. PPANI
Last night I won fashion photographer of the year thanks to Karen Harkin from Harkins Hair Strabane.
Commercial photographer of the year thanks to Bejewelled Strabane. Portrait photographer of the year again thank you to Jude Harkin and Karen Harkin. Licentiate photographer of the year, creative photographer of the year and overall photographer of the year.
I have so many people to thank I don’t know where to start.
Lorraine K. Doag you gorgeous person, Margaret O’Donnell my wee mammy. Kim McNaughton, Cindy McKendry, Nikki Smith nail Academy, Kerry from Star Tiara.  Fiona Murphy, Stephanie Loughrey, Karen Harkin from Harkins hair. And all the amazing photographers in the PPANI.

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David Bowie Film Fashion Week Behind The Scene – Photoshoot

Fashion Week activities, a behind the scene look at a photo-teaser more in the film David Bowie Is Around The World.

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The Rolling Stones – “Horse Power” – By Sebastiano Vitale

sebavitale In twenty four hours the Rolling Stones will begin their ’50 and Counting’ tour in Los Angles.

Few weeks prior to leaving for California one of my friends perhaps the one person who can get me charged up with energy and, excited about art as he happens to own an art gallery in London, Scream London on a lengthy telephone conversation was telling me about his new project. “You have got to meet this very talented photographer, who shoots (not with a gun but camera) maybe you would be interested”, I tell my friend. My friend is Jamie Wood, whose  father Ronnie Wood is a band member of the legendary Rolling Stones. Jamie tells me, “horses are good, I mean some people like cat’s, some dogs, and horses it’s all good”.

The photographer is Sebastiano Vitale a talented Italian, who too would be flying Los Angeles.  What ties Sebastiano Vitale to the Rolling Stones and Jamie Wood? Charlie Watts,the shy, somewhat aloof, reserved member of the band and drummer of the Rolling Stones.  Among the horses Sebastiano photographed was that of Charlie and Shirley Watts.

Today, the band gets ready to rock and roll as they have done so many times, Jamie Wood prepares for what he has to do, and Sebastiano Vitale sets up shop all of them in California. What magic.

Welcome to my world of Serendipity. Here in his own words is my interview with Sebastiano Vitale, and some of his work, giving you a full in-dept look at the work of Sebastiano from the ‘Cocaine in Bolivia’ to his current works on exhibition The Raw Horse.

1. Where did you grow up and what did you love doing as a child?

I grew up with my family in Torino, north of Italy. We are a family of intellectuals that loves simple things, with a profound respect of nature and rural principles as well of beauty and culture. As a child, and up to now, I have always been considered “the weird one” in between friends, people, schoolmates. My family house has thousands of books, I remember, when I was in between 7 and 12 years old, hours per day, each day, spent on history of art, listening classical music, and copying illustrations from ancient books, I owe the sense of beauty and research to my father and the respect for rawness to my mother. It was not possible to share this knowledge with friends or schoolmate, I was the Addams Family one in the school compound. At the age of 10 i discovered guitar, and i didn’t do anything else than playing until the university. I was dreaming Leonardo da Vinci until I discovered Jimi Hendrix. Some years later a show changed my life and I spent years into quite advanced and visionary multimedia, internet was recently born. But I wasn’t a child anymore.
2. What got you interested in photography ?

I am into media art since 15 years, then I got completely bored of experimenting with media and I began working with documentaries and commercial videos. In between I have been working a relevant time in advertising and events, but I never found peace, running from one media to another, often suffering for the time you waste in production. I was in Uganda with a close friend, working on a documentary. I was the video, he was the photo. When I was about to finish downloading videos from the camera he was finishing the post-production, when I was talking with editors he was already preparing a new project. I realized suddenly that with photography you can tell a big story in a click. No working team, no productions, nothing but immerse yourself in something and translate it into a click, from an adventure to another, without spending ages trying to put together pieces as for any production, especially the underground ones. Technically speaking switching from video to photography is not a big deal, the eye matters, buttons and tricks are not that important. I began with photojournalism, and I switched into fine art, using the same approach: development of a project, immersion into reality, shoot and have fun.

3. Who would you say have been your creative influences ?

hard to say… a lot.. too much.. and very diverse.. some milestones like Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven, Miles Davis, apocalypse now, Bosch, Fellini, Robert Wilson, Wu Cheng’en, Ben Okry, Maradona, Velazquez, Jonathan Swift.

4. It is obvious from your work you love horses what made you decide to photograph them?

Since I am a child I think that animals have the answer to lots of important questions, but we can’t understand them. I spent long time when I was a kid watching dogs in their eyes trying to understand what they were thinking. Then i read Gulliver travels, not the stupid short edition for kids, the real one. My lifetime dream is to make a movie rewriting it in our era. Gulliver travels is an incredibly modern and timeless critic of human society and political systems. It is structured in four chapters, four island. Three of them are human, in the famous one, Lilliput, Gulliver embodies the atomic bomb, a weapon of mass destruction to menace other countries. Then he become little between giants, a jewel that generates greed and palace plots. In the third island scientists and artists have the power, with the result that people die of hunger. The last island is inhabited by horses. It is the ideal world, the symbol of harmony and peace. In the book horses don’t have the concept of lie, they can not think a lie, they are pure and honest and able to structure a democratic society. They will ask Gulliver, after years, to leave the island, as a human, one day, will instigate lies and try to achieve power and control over their ideal society. The Raw Horse is a visual representation of this concept, an ideal world, pure and harmonic, where hidden agendas are not even possible to conceive. Animals are perfect models, unaware of their beauty, beautifully raw, proud and pure.

4. Currently you are in Los Angeles as our the Rolling Stones, how did it come about you photographing Charlie Watts horse?

I had the chance to shoot Arabian horses in Poland, thanks to aCharlie and Shirley Watts production company that is managing my work in Russia and Poland. Janow Podlaski is one of the most important stud in the world for Arabian horses, historically. Charlie and Shirley Watts use to buy their best horses in Janow Podlaski. I had the chance to shoot their beautiful Etnologia, that won as best mare of the year in Paris championship. While I was in Paris at the show I met Shirley Watts and we had fun watching the photos. Serendipity rules the world.

5. What do you like about Los Angeles so far?

I am moving to USA, and a perfect balance would be a bit of NY and a bit of LA. I like what everybody does.. Sun.. Beach.. Freedom.. Opportunities.. Easy going attitude..

6. Currently you are exhibiting your works what is your vision what would you like to happen?

The Raw Horse is absolutely immense and unique. I want exhibitions, commissioned shooting and portraits, big scale multimedia installations, and a coffee table book. I want this project merging the art and the equestrian world, fashion, photography, literature, exclusivity and broad audience. And of course I want to shoot worldwide, so far i shot in Argentina, Poland, Italy, UK, USA. Mongolia, Namibia, Cameroon, Pakistan, UAE, Iceland, Brazil, Mexico, a lot is yet to come. My approach is as if it was an entertainment production rather than an art project. A complex structure that needs production, funds, and multiple opportunities. It is conceived in chapters to allow micro and macro sponsorship opportunities. It has to be immense. It has to become an ideal world.

7. I am sure you enjoy foods can you share what are your favorite foods?

I am Italian.. And this is a problem! I always miss Italian food, they say you can find it anywhere in the world, but it is one of the biggest lie in human history. But.. I love food, anywhere, anytime, any food, from star Michelin to street food, from Iceland to Bolivia. I love to order anything I don’t understand, point randomly the menu and see what happens, especially if in Russian, Chinese, Japanese, with not even a vague understanding of the symbols . My curiosity for the planet is pretty endless.. and food is an important world to explore.

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