For our street dance photographs of today the destination chosen is Florence, a city that certainly needs no introduction, is famous all over the world for its extraordinary beauty.
Capital of Tuscany region, it hosts many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, unfortunately our photo session as always will last only a little over half a day and will not allow us to visit the many museums, but surely we will have time to dance around some points of interest.
Once again, arriving from Milan, I chose the train; in about an hour and a half, we arrive at the Santa Maria Novella station, practically a stone’s throw from the center. For this photo session they collaborated with me and I thank them heartily, the very good dancers Francesca Cuciniello, Laura Giacomini and little Vittoria Lazzeri (in alphabetical order).
The Duomo of Florence is one of the most extraordinary places in the world, a beautiful cathedral with the tiled dome designed by Brunelleschi and the Giotto’s bell tower. The cathedral is really huge and impossible to insert in full in a photograph together with a dance portrait, so we have chosen to leave only a few clips visible so that it is still recognizable, but at the same time it allows us to remain in our main theme, the dance.
We then moved to the beautiful Piazza della Signoria, where a few steps away reside the Academy Gallery which exhibits the sculpture of Michelangelo’s David and the Uffizi Gallery where are located Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci.
We crossed and photographed the Ponte Vecchio on the Arno, full of charm and always very crowded, to finally arrive at Palazzo Pitti, one of the largest museums in Italy and one of the favorite stops by visitors to the city and also by us because the square at the entrance is really suggestive, ideal for our photographs.
Florence is a wonderful city, we will be back soon because there are many places that we still have to visit and above all photograph.
Giovanni Malandrino is a freelance professional photographer, specialized in urban dance photography. Based in Milan and Novara, for his photographs he likes to move to different cities to combine the elegance of the poses in the ballet with the wonders of our beautiful Italy.
Dance is the creation of a sculpture that is visible only for a moment (cited by Erol Ozan)
If I had to choose a sentence to represent my photographs I would have no doubt starting from this quote. This is the starting point because once the perfect moment has been created, photography can make it eternal and make it live every time we observe it.
And these moments have to be shared because the art can not remain closed in a room or a computer, but must be free to be observed by anyone who can appreciate the elegance of the shapes and colors.
Photography is a great love for me, born about twenty years ago and as many fans I started participating in numerous courses and workshops in particular of portrait, fashion, fashion.
Before finding my way, I collaborated in the creation of photographic services in the field of fashion, but I felt that something was missing, in particular a blank sheet where you could create freely without constraints and predefined schemes and then lightning stroke, when photographing the my first dance essay I felt the possibility of creating art in movement with every shot. And where to better highlight the elegance of the poses if not putting them in contrast with the road, with normal everyday life?
This is how my personal way of creating art was born, which I hope will inspire in you a great part of the emotions that I feel every time I shoot a single photograph, a bit like a painter who paints his canvas.
A special thanks to my family who has always supported me in all my bizarre photographic adventures and all the talented dancers who have worked with me and with whom we created a wonderful friendship that goes far beyond the work. In fact, looking at the photographs you would not say, but a photo session in urban dance is very challenging, often in difficult weather conditions, walking for hours in search of the right background combined with the best light, in short, almost always ends exhausted, even if happy with the result.