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  • 29 Gennaio 2010

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

    beethoven, beethoven, beethoven!!!!

    Beethoven is another level. Everyone, obviously, knows the ninth symphony, which is mad to think that he completed it when he was already deaf (the music, like all the rest, is in your head, not in the ears!). Legend tells that at the first one (triumphant) they made him turn around so that he could at least see the people that where applauding him. He could only see the applause, not hear them…

    One of my favourite pieces is concert number 3, for the piano and orchestra. It is something out of this world. More rock than the rolling stones, more romantic than air, more jazz than petrucciani, more poetic than de andrè, more symphonic than pink floyd, more more… in short, the top. Listening to the piano and the orchestra chase each other like two lovers, adorable and strong, happy and angry, it is an incredible emotion. An unbelievable crescendo until the explosive ending.

    I fear I am doing something highly illegal, like throwing toxic waste in the sea, like trading anti personnel mines, like breaking into isolated houses violently… in short I am going to post the link through which you can download and listen to the concert for piano and orchestra number 3 opera 37 first part allegro con brio, pollini at the piano, and abbado as director of the orchestra: download it, put it into your iTunes and blast it at full volume! your lives (or at least your weekend) will definitely change.

    I will be jailed, punished and sanctioned for this serious illegality: to spread as much as possible old ludwig.

    Seeing that I am risking a lot, the link from which you can download it should be a little bit difficult to find…

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    25 Gennaio 2010

    MISS BLUMARINE ADV

    On the latest issue of vogue bambini, there is my miss blumarine campaign, which I shot a few months ago during a beautiful sunny day in cape town.

    As well as the double spread for the campaign I have also included a few which are only present on the catalogue.

    You can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them


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    22 Gennaio 2010

    PHOTO MAGAZINE

    It is probably a little overboard to come out in the same month on two photographic magazines: the thing is that I did the one interview not too long ago, and the other a little time ago and I would have never thought that they would have been published at the same time. As well as similar photographs and even same opening articles!

    Anyways: we are still in the month of January so you will probably find them in the current issues of photocult and photoprofessional at your local newspaper stand.

    In short, excuse my excessive and invasive presence, which it is compensated for by the excellent writers that signed these two articles: ed prando (with the help of marina macrì) and his friend mosè franchi.

    You can see and read the complete PDF here for photocult and here for photoprofessional

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    19 Gennaio 2010

    MAX CASTING

    I have signed the contract with MAX magazine for another year for my column MAX CASTING.

    To celebrate this I have dedicated the BEST of my website to more than forty women I have shot for this column in the past year.

    They might appear simply as photographs of young girls, excuse the extreme simplification, with their tits out: in reality it is not like that. As always and as I will never get tired of repeating, you have to have a precise concept when you do something, and you have to have it even more when, as in the case in question, the project lasts for more than a year.

    I will try to explain the “concept” behind MAX CASTING:

    When this task was given to me I had only one thing in mind, what I DID NOT want to do: I didn’t want to simply take glamour photographs, as you can see thousands everywhere. namely I didn’t want to take fake images, with young ladies that were simply and finally showing their nice little asses and their perky tits.

    So I gave myself some very precise rules and boundaries, which I am going to list schematically:

    -the models must not have anything fake: no fake breasts, no fake hair, no fake nails, no contact lenses… all real. Already this would have taken us far away from most of the glamour shots you see around

    -through the images I wanted to tell who are the models, creating above all a portrait. Therefore before the photoshoot I have always taken some time to talk to the girls to decide WITH THEM, how to take the pictures. Actually, I was stimulating the girls so that they would decide on how to do the editorial! In short I have always tried to make way so that they wouldn’t undergo the photoshoot, as it happens often, but that they would become the creators: it wouldn’t have been MY editorial, but THEIRS.

    -on this perspective I wanted that the clothing that they would have been wearing (many or few…) would be their clothing. You do understand that a magazine loves that the models wear the clothing of their various advertisers, but I thought that the brand new prada shirt would have surely been nice but also very fake.

    -i have always had “hair&makeup” on set, but I have always wanted the model to choose how the hair and make up had to be done: first of all I wanted the model to like herself.

    -i always wanted the technique to be as simple as possible. This year I have never used any professional equipment: never used a studio flash, never a bank, no infinity curves… I wanted to shoot like any amateur photographer would have photographed his girlfriend.

    -i always wanted the poses not to be poses. I didn’t want the model to act shit hot (excuse me) in front of the camera. I wanted a normal girl, with a normal attitude.

    -i always showed the photographs to the model before sending them to the magazine, to have their approval: if they didn’t like one or more pictures I’d toss them without saying a word.

    -i always used photoshop in a very light way, only to give tone and contrast to the images, never to twist the physique of the girls, never to stretch the legs for kilometers, never to give curves that didn’t exist.

    -in short, as I was saying to my models, I wanted a copernican turnaround to happen (really!) of the usual roles: the true boss was the model, I was only the one doing click on the photographic camera. I wanted each editorial to differ from the other, because in each photoshoot different was the fundamental thing: the model. sure some editorials look similar, but, deep down, none is the same as another. As I always say to the models I want to cancel myself, I want to disappear. I am proud of the fact that, in the end, it looks like forty editorials done by forty different photographers: as once was said “looks like is an other photographer, but it is just an other model!”

    This is it. Try now to go and look at images of young sexy girls that you see all over through the filters and boundaries that I’ve conceived for MAX CASTING: you will see images that, maybe they are more beautiful than mine, but that they’ll never be able to become a MAX CASTING.

    allow me the presumption and my need to be didactic, but I invite you once again to have a solid concept before you get down to do a photoshoot: each single MAX CASTING editorial could look good or bad, but it definitely goes back precisely to the concept that I had in my head since the beginning.

    Alas I want to thank all the sweet young ladies that they have kindly let me photograph them in the past year: julie, inna, martina, laura, sarah, xenia, daphne, mathilde, vicki, anna, ausra, mandy, francesca, elinska, amanda, simona, lauren, eva, ella, ani, paulita, daniela, yulia, anni, oksana, jill, valentina, bianca, victoria, giselle, caitlin, pille, julia, cassandra, valeria, catherine, beatrice, tanya, gertrud, ida, julia, brooke, ines, kamila, danielle, rithina, anelly, margot, giuly. THANK YOU!

    As I said in the beginning I will at least go on with the same project for another year: if a model (with the characteristics I mentioned above…) would like to propose herself she can write to model@benedusi.it

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    19 Gennaio 2010

    CHICO DE LUIGI NEW WEB SITE

    Here is the new website of a great (italian!) photographer: chico de luigi

    Chico, you are really good: congratulations

    (ok, he’s my friend, but he is really good…)

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