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.


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.


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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