Photo Video Inspiration – Stuff we love
It’s impossible to put together in one page all the things that inspire us as photographer and videographer, so we decided to choose what is mindblowing for us.
Since we were kids we are always been curious. We never stopped listening music (we actually met at a concert), searching the best films, looking at the most talented photographers of all time.
Here you’ll find some of our favourites.
Almost every Kubrick film is a “must see”.
Barry Lyndon has a huge influence on my wedding videos, specifically for the use of the light. This scene was shot only by candlelight, which was something extraordinary in 1975. To shot this, Kubrick obtained three super-fast 50mm lenses (Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7) developed by Zeiss for use by NASA.
Due to the extreme aperture of this lens and the consequent small focus range, all the actors had to be perfectly still. The result is this wonderful piece of cinema that reminds Hogarth’s paintings.
Nicholas W. Refn. I think he is one of the most talented directors of our time. The first movie I saw was Drive, one week later I was watching the last of his filmography.
I immediately fell in love with his colours (fun fact: he is colourblind), his symmetry and composition.
I also love his approach to storytelling: never silly or left to chance. Everything has a reason to be in the story as in the frame.
Little advice: stay away if you are uneasy about raw violence in cinema.
Diane Arbus was, in my opinion, one of the most fascinating photographers of the past century.
Her way of capturing the real essence of the people she photographed and her delicate touch in narrating even the more brutal and freak parts of the American society during the sexual revolution of the late 60s is something that I have always admired.
I love her ability to tell a story with one single image, one single powerful portrait.
Another big inspiration for my work comes from Helmut Newton.
His approach to the female body was totally different from his colleague at the time: Helmut Newton portrays beautiful, strong and powerful women in a society that was still extremely misogynist.
All the ladies in his portraits own their sexuality, their femininity, might be naked but not to be looked at – rather, they look at the viewer and are remembered for their power.
Same goes for the men he photographed: he was one of the first photographers not focusing even a bit on the gender roles, but rather on every person’s uniqueness.
We both deeply love music and we both deeply love David Bowie.
It’s hard to find the right words to describe why or how Ziggy/”one of the other millions of characters he’s been” inspired us.
We can say for sure that he was (and he is also now) the most polyhedric artist music has seen. He’s been a pioneer in the 70s with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, not only for the music itself.
He created an androgen character from a mixture of pop culture of the swinging London, Kabuki theatre, Sci-fi etc. It was hard to understand where was the limit between the stage and real life.
He never stopped creating art with his music and he’s been able to amaze also after his death.
Thank you, Mr Bowie, for what you gave us <3
Aldous Huxley was one of the first dystopian novelists of the past Century.
His way of interpreting and foreseeing the present and future society was simply incredible – his masterpiece, the dystopian novel Brave New World (that was also the subject of Selene’s graduation thesis at the University) was written in 1932, but it is so actual and true nowadays that it seems to be incredible it was written almost ninety years ago.
While Orwell and other dystopian novelists feared that what we hate would limit our freedom, Huxley saw it in a different way: he feared that what we love would enslave us, in a society where people are always “happy“, but no one really feels something.
Besides Brave New World and its subsequent essays, Return to the Brave New World, Huxley is famous for his essay The Doors of Perception, narrating the existential and philosophical experiences he had while using mescal to, as from the title, open the doors of perception.
Fun fact: the name of Jim Morrison’s band, The Doors, was inspired by this essay!
We first met when we were seventeen.
We met at a mutual friends’ concert, and we found out we had a lot in common – we both loved rock music, going to concerts, traveling and.. Star Wars.
The new saga was still in a long time (in the future), in a galaxy far far away, and yet we realized we both grew up with the classic Star Wars stories, those dating back to the 70s and 80s.
Now we have various Star Wars stuff both in our homes and in our studio – posters, lego sets, tea-cups with Yoda and Vader on (depending on the mood of the day). Plus, we never see a new Star Wars movie without the other!
We never used Star Wars fade-outs in our videos, but yet, you never can tell!
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