Blink Inspiration: More from Giovanni Martins

Well, we’re back and we hope that you didn’t mind the wait too much! Now the “Blink” blog should be speedier and more responsive to your every request of it! To kick off this new upgraded era, be are sharing something incredibly technically brilliant with you.

Back in March we posted about London College of Fashion graduate, Giovanni Martins. His profile and interview was beautifully illustrated by some great photography. However, the reason that we noticed his work in the first place was his amazing video art piece that was presented at the Graduate show. We are now able to share that amazing video with you. We hope that you love it. Enjoy!

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London College of Fashion Graduates: We spotlight Nicol Vizioli

Here is the forth and final  LCF MA graduate that we have selected to be showcased on the “Blink” blog. The work of Nicol Vizioli is just stupefyingly beautiful, while also holding a certain disturbing mood about them. They stood out amongst all of the other exceptionally brilliant Fashion Photography graduates for their darkness, the stark square presentation of them and the delicate fine art style execution. We are delighted to share some of our favourite images with you, as well as find out more about the artist herself.

CONTEXT

Nicol was born in Rome. She started out as a painter and gradually her fascination for still images developed into a natural interest for photography.

While undertaking a degree in Cinema at University of Rome ‘La Sapienza‘, she wrote a dissertation on Floria Sigismondi that was published by Bulzoni, Rome, in 2008. In 2009 she decided to move to London where she recently completed a Master in Fashion Photography at The University of the Arts London.

Her work has been exhibited in Rome and London, and published in magazines such as Eyemazing. She has recently been shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Award 2011 and we have high hopes that she will be awarded a prize.

THE FINAL PROJECT

Over to Nicol to explain her work (which, I think you’ll agree, she has done very evocatively)…

The insight of this project, Shadows on Parade, draws upon many different places, such as mythology, literature, painting and the animal world: photography is therefore regarded as the convergence point, where all of them meet.

It is a series of portraits, shot on film. They are declinations of my imagery, desires, waits, silent attempts of redemption. Sometimes they are dreams, more often they are prayers.

The roots of this project are deeply connected with a precise idea of space and the experience in it, which is very close to P.Brook’s concept of theatre as ‘an empty space’: there is no emptiness or total absence of life, but a summary of all the choices and possibilities, from which life’s forms and shapes come from. There is no scenario: the possible reality for me is a black box, antechamber of desire, abyss. Due to the soft light, figures appear like a revelation and the rest remains wrapped in the deep darkness, in the mistery. Other two important aspects of this work are the isolation of the figure as a necessary condition, like in Francis Bacon’s paintings, and the use of an everyday dramatic light: the illuminated moment, like in Caravaggio.

Following the immense and unpredictable variety of human behaviour and physical shapes, I’ve worked with a wide range of human forms and different beauties. The casting was very instinctive but precise: twins, elderly, albinos or bald people…each of them was carefully chosen for this project. I wanted the idea of human completeness to disappear, photographing the discrepancy instead of the  person.

Sometimes it seems that they are waiting for something to happen. But what is really happening, or is going to happen, or sometimes has already happened, it is not a show.

The only so-called show is given by their stillness, like a frozen waiting, or the act itself… but they can only be produced in total absence of spectators. And there are no spectators here, only witnesses.

This project is still open for me.

What would your dream job be?

Creating images, no matter what medium or language I use. Meeting special creatures. Telling stories and be the listener of them.

Who or what has proven to be your longest standing inspiration?

The same old familiar places, such as the wood close to the place I grew up. Nature has always been my main source, is where I get lost and where I start again.

Instead of photography, what other creative discipline would you have chosen?

I’ve been painting and drawing for all my life, and then arrived photography… so I feel myself in both of them,. They influence each other in a natural, constant flow. But I am very fascinated by the moving image, I would like to experiment with video soon.

What is the most exciting thing that you learnt on your MA?

Confronting and questioning myself,  which was mainly what I was looking for when I entered the course.

What three words best sum up your aesthetic?

Suspended. Pale. Memory.

Shadows on Parade by Nicol Vizioli

Shadows on Parade by Nicol Vizioli

Shadows on Parade by Nicol Vizioli

So, thats it for this year’s graduates, but we feel sure that you will be reading about all four very soon as they embark on amazingly creative careers.

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London College of Fashion MA Graduates: We Spotlight Giovanni Martins

Here is the third in our four part series from the LCF‘s MA Graduate show. The ‘Fashion Photography’ students showed a really wonderfully diverse approach to the art of fashion photography. Some of the projects looked like glossy magazine editorial, others looked like works of fine art. And then there was the work of Giovanni Martins. We were struck by the incredibly accomplished feel to the video that he presented at Victoria House. It felt really exciting, energetic and really very striking. Thanks Giovanni, for the following insight into your vision…

CONTEXT

I started out with a BA in  ‘Lifestyle & Design’ at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam where I completed 2 years, but as I wanted to pursue a Fashion photography career I started searching for other courses that would help me to achieve my goal. I found this in the MA in ‘Fashion Photography’ at the London College of Fashion. Looking at some of their successful alumni, I decided that this would be a course that could help me to realize my dreams.

My time at LCF was a big experiment, working with new techniques, people and fashion. I actually gained a deeper and better understanding of my work, and even more important, how to communicate my vision and my narrative through visual storytelling.

THE FINAL PROJECT

My final major project consisted of another experiment. I have a deep interest of mixing media, combined with the rise of fashion film, so I decided to try to take this medium to a new level. I searched for a technique that I wanted to explore and gain a deeper understanding in, and I found that in ‘Bullet Time Animation’.

In short, this technique consists of an array of 50 photo cameras, which are all synced up together, and are able to take images simultaneously. I worked with the amazing guys at Lumasol, who specialize in 360 degree photography. In post production, layering and morphing these images together, results in a full frozen in time and space 360 degree view (in film) of the model. This technique is perhaps best known part in creating some of the key visual effects in ‘The Matrix’ movie trilogy.

When commencing work on this project, I started to research the Surrealist movement, as the surrealists were at the creative cutting edge in their time as well, trying to utilize new techniques in order to visualize their film based storytelling. I ended up with a 5 minute Fashion photography related moving editorial, inspired by ‘Le Manifeste du Surrealisme’ (1924 Andre Breton) as well as other diverse surrealist movies, such as ‘Blood of a Poet’ and ‘Un Chien d’andalou’.

Styling included avant garde couture pieces from designers such as Iris van Herpen (Dutch Design award winner) as well as Jan Taminiau, Una Burke, Emma Griffiths and ‘wearable works of art’ from Bibi van der Velden’s latest collection called ‘Sphere’.

The film, called ‘Manifesto’ received amazing feedback and is up for selection at some exciting film festivals, which i can reveal more about in a while…

What would your dream job be?

An internationally renowned high end fashion photographer working with Tom Ford, Lanvin, Gucci

Who or what has proven to be your longest standing inspiration?

Viktor & Rolf hands down.

These 2 dutch designers set the fashion world up side down with their elaborate catwalk presentations and perfectly executed mind-blowing concepts. Every show is a major inspiration for me, and would love to shoot their designs!

If not fashion photography and video art (is that even the right term for what you do?), what other creative discipline would you have chosen?

As mixed media is all a big blur, I think I would stay in the same disciplines, blurring boundaries of photography, film, animation and graphic design.

Can you see your skill set and style being utilized within the fashion market?

Currently I have some interesting projects running, so be on the lookout you might see my name pop up in place you would, and also would never expect!

What is the most exciting thing that you learnt on your MA?

Not so much in terms of ‘learning’ rather than that my Masters really functioned well as a catalyst in order to push my boundaries and take me and my work to the next level.

What three words best sum up your aesthetic?

Avant-garde, sexy, chic

ALEX MULLINS BY GIOVANNI MARTINS

GOTTA LOVE FIERCE BLACK GIRLS BY GIOVANNI MARTINS

MARNI FOR REAL MAGAZINE, BY GIOVANNI MARTINS

UNDEFINED GUCCI BY GIOVANNI MARTINS

Thanks so much to Giovanni for the time that he gave us, and do click here for interviews with other creatives who we find inspiring. Enjoy!