Today’s place for our dance photographs is Vigevano, a Lombard municipality in the province of Pavia. Vigevano, known for having long been one of the main shoe manufacturing centers in the world, but above all it is a town rich in history and architecture, so much so that in 1,494 it was indicated by Leonardo da Vinci as the ideal city to host the Duke of Milan Ludovico the Moor …
Among its most famous points of interest there is surely the Piazza Ducale, considered one of the most beautiful squares in Italy and a great example of architectural perfection, wanted by Ludovico il Moro, to be the antechamber to the entrance to the imposing Sforza Castle. The ducal square is a perfect place for our dance photographs, and my special thanks goes to them, beautiful, very good, a privilege to work with you (in alphabetical order):
• Alice Palmieri
• Alessandra Pasini
• Federica Varallo
The construction of the square dates back to 1492, the works lasted about two years and saw the design intervention by Bramante, while Leonardo da Vinci, present at the work, drew inspiration for some drawings contained in his codes. Each element, from the porticoes to the pavement, to the columns, has been designed harmoniously and as soon as you enter the square you immediately have an impression of rationality and magnificence, even more noticeable if you look at it from the top going up the Tower of Bramante.
The Tower is a symbol of Vigevano, located at the highest point of the town with its characteristic shape, offering from its battlements a complete and very suggestive overview of the square, the castle and the entire city. The Castle is connected to its stables through two roads: the covered one, perfectly preserved and one of a kind in all the European castle architecture and the underground road that allows you to admire the historical and functional stratifications of the defensive complex. And finally you can rest in the castle gardens, very often theater of beautiful events and concerts. Vigevano is really a beautiful city, just visit it once so that it remains in the heart.
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.