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Photography Showcase – The Raven

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Photographer: Maria Grazia Mormando
Clothes and accessories: AREA DI BARBARA BOLOGNA
Tights: CALZEDONIA
Location: MUSEO DELLA CIVILTA’ ROMANA, EUR, ROMA
Film: IlFord

WARDROBE CREDITS:
LOOK1 – Shirt by Area Di Barbara Bologna, Papillon by Area Di Barbara Bologna, Tights by Calzedonia, Shoes by COS
LOOK2 – Skirt by Area Di Barbara Bologna, Tights by Calzedonia, Shoes by COS
LOOK3 – Hat by Area Di Barbara Bologna, Body by Intimissimi
LOOK4 – Coat by Area Di Barbara Bologna, Tights by Calzedonia, Shoes by COS
LOOK5 – Top by Subdued, Skirt by Area Di Barbara Bologna, Ruff by Area Di Barbara Bologna, Tight by Calzedonia

LOOK6 – Skirt by Area Di Barbara Bologna, Black paint by Vertecchi
LOOK7 – Dress by Max & Co., Plumage by Studio13, Roma
LOOK8 – Skirt by Dixie, Animal pigments
LOOK9 – Dress by Max & Co.

This is a photographic work on the figure of Edgar Allan Poe, Lenore, and the Raven. It’s a story about something loved and lost. Photographer Maria Grazia Mormando was inspired by a mixed mood of different things: revisited Nineteenth Century menswear, glam tights and ambiguous accessories that a little remind of Rocky Horror Picture Show and BDSM and a deep sense of intimacy. A melancholic provocative editorial. Pictures are by black and white film by Hasselblad 500cm and “nothing more”.

Maria Grazia Mormando is a photographer living and working in Rome, Italy. She attended a photography academy, ISFCI Istituto Superiore di Fotografia e Comunicazione Integrata di Roma: her work is based on portraits and experimental. Her interest is people, faces, what happens in someone’s life and imaginary things. Timelessness and the fine line between our reality and others are the main themes Maria works with. Her portraits show something or someone, yet it feels like it or they are never really there. Her shots of reality seem to coexist with dreams. The Past, present and future disappear, leaving space for just spirit, in its timeless qualities: immortal emotions, so immaterial and yet at the same time concrete. In Mormando’s photographic interpretation of life, reality co-exists with our dream time, where past, present, and future are absent, gone, and all that’s left is the spirit, the emotional content of her subject. This abstraction leads us into a beautiful space in which we are given the opportunity to ruminate on the immaterial. That which is beyond us.

Intangibles things in relation with body inspire her. She surrounds herself with these kinds of feelings watching films, photo and art exhibitions, and listening to artists or special people. It is difficult to see things, understand the intimate part and interpret it. The way to attacking these difficulties, for her, is to be humble. Her work is frequently about nostalgic feelings shown by body performances: the women’s movements tell about fragility, about something lost. Her pictures are part of an ongoing artistic journey into a place that is otherworldly, in which reality co-exists with our dream-time, where the past, present, and future are absent, gone, and all that’s left is the spirit, the emotional content of her subject. This abstraction leads us into a beautiful space in which we are given the opportunity to ruminate on the immaterial. That which is beyond us. For Mormando every picture is never what you expect from it, this is a truth about photography, so her work is never how she expects it is, but always surprisingly more.

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