Piacenza is a particular city, although in Emilia-Romagna it is actually located at the crossroads between four italian regions and it has been a fundamental stopover for travelers and merchants through the centuries.
Easily reachable by train from Milan, for work reasons we had to plan the photo shoot at the beginning of February and the cold was particularly felt, uncomfortable situation for a model in a dance dress.
At the train station I met Nivine, the model of the day and together we started to walk to the old town with a walk of about 20 minutes. As usual along the way I often stop to observe details in the buildings and streets that may be interesting for my photographs. On these occasions I always have the expression of a happy child who observes the world for the first time, and in reality it is so, I see streets, squares, passers-by like the white canvas, ready to be painted or as in this case, photographed .
We walked along Viale Alberoni to get to Piazza del Duomo which in medieval times, until the construction of Piazza Cavalli and the Gothic Palace, was the center of civil and religious life in the city. Accomplice the very clear day we found Piazza del Duomo too bright to allow you to take creative photographs according to my personal technique, which provides a large aperture diaphragm. The best thing would have been to come back in the late afternoon, when with the sun near sunset the light would have been much more flattering towards the model and towards the same square. Unfortunately due to the cold we had to stop the session continuously to allow the model to warm up in the many bars that we met and with the occasion I thank all the managers always very kind and helpful. This can happen also among the unexpected, but at least before stopping the photographic session, we managed to get to the beautiful and wide Piazza dei Cavalli, where there are two equestrian statues and the medieval Gothic palace.
I returned to Milan with a sense of unfinished, a pity, I promised myself to return as soon as possible, the city offers many photographic opportunities and I intend to use as much as possible, follow me on my instagram profile to stay updated (@gioma .balletphotography).
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.