Altrove flagship store + studio
Venice — 2015
muah — Letizia Maestri
muah assistant — Meri Candela
stylist — Giulia Wolfson
photographer assistant — Stefano Casiraghi
models — Olya Dotsenko / Ice models
Sangl Kim / Ice models
clothes — Altrove. I am somewhere else
a special thanks to Marina Del Monaco for being an inexhaustible source of inspiration and for her precious collaboration
ALCHEMICAL BEAUTY — photographic tintypes
A wetplate collodion is not just a photograph; it is taking steps
in balance on the thin line that divides the world of the known,
the exactness, the technique, from the one of the unexpected,
of the case. The photographer as an alchemist.
The image creation ceremony follows a meticulous ritual:
the preparation of the chemicals, a strict process according to precise
recipes; the gesture of pouring the collodion on the plate, with hands
slowly guiding the drafting of the amber liquid; sensitization
in the silver bath; shooting, waiving the instant to indulge on a slower
tempo. Finally, the development, the liquid that rips the photograph
from his state of latency to make it real and offer it to the world.
Every moment participates to the mystery of creation.
But the unpredictable and the unexpected are also fundamental
elements of the process. Instead of fighting, the photographer
takes possession of them and allows the case, the unexpected
to surprise and govern.
What is commonly called error or imperfection gives way
to the wonder and mystery creating a unique and unrepeatable
image that appears to be suspended on the edge of time.