Christian Tagliavini’s Dame Di Cartone
In his series Dame Di Cartone - ‘Cardboard Ladies’ - several influences from art history & other eras are again present resulting in striking imagery. Taking 13 months to complete, the series is largely inspired by the masters of the Renaissance, notably Agnolo di Cosimo (‘Il Bronzino’.)
From beginning to completion Tagliavini’s work is a labour of love. He admits that he enjoys the process as much as the resulting photograph, constructing an aesthetic from scratch he feels is incredibly satisfying from a creative & philosophical point of view. With as much done in situ as possible, including the illusory lengthening of the neck Tagliavini reduces the amount of postproduction needed thus retaining the immediacy of the image beautifully.
Steve Jobs Sitting in an Almost Unfurnished Room Only Lit by a Tiffany Lamp Having a Cup of Tea
“This was a very typical time. I was single. All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo, you know, and that’s what I had.” – this photo was taken in 1982. RIP Steve Jobs, 1955–2011.
It is as if the Photograph always carries its referent with itself, both affected by the same amorous or funereal immobility, at the very heart of the moving world: they are glued together, limb by limb, like the condemned man and the corpse in certain tortures; or even like those pairs of fish (sharks, I think, according to Michelet) which navigate in convoy, as though united by an eternal coitus.