The creation of artistic photos in an urban environment requires the evaluation of many factors, nothing can be left to chance because everything has to blend perfectly, just like a recipe for the preparation of a tasty dish.
The ingredients we can choose them, for example the location, the route, the time, the photographic equipment, a very good model, the outfit, the trick and all factors that will influence the final result in a decisive way.
Then there are the ingredients to surprise, those that you can not predict and risk ruining everything, a strong wind that suddenly blows, a passerby that comes out suddenly, a guardian too severe, the shoes lost by the dancer (.. it happened also this ..) etc. The sudden difficulties always happen, what makes the difference is our ability to quickly turn them into opportunities and is the part that I prefer in this work.
If you want to try to take some kind of street photographs, I would like to suggest the historic center of Turin that I find one of the most rich in ideas, for its squares and wide streets, families walking, historical monuments, the tracks of trams, they are all ideas to use at will in your photographs.
For my travels I almost always use the train, the route I prefer includes the departure from the Torino Porta Nuova station by walking through the city center to then get to the Porta Susa station, with a small detour to see the Valentino Park and the long river of the Po with the Superga mountain on the horizon.
Council, in the case of particularly sunny days avoid photographs in central times as the light will be direct and the shadows very hard, more rewarding will be the early morning light or sunset.
So, once you have chosen the right place for photography, we pose the model to take our picture, check for a moment that there are no trash bins immediately behind and decide if we want to include or not passers in the photo, because it is a sure rule: in the affirmative there will be nobody for a lot, a lot of time, and when in desperation we decide that it would be better to do without it here is to appear hundreds of passers-by, in continuation and from all the parts.
The “perfect moment” lasts only one instant, the city is in constant motion and it is the artist who must be able to adapt to it and exploit every opportunity or misadventure.
If taken in the right way it will be precisely those misadventures that make the day fun and memorable.
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.