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Today, we’re featuring a beautiful portrait series from film photographer Flavia Fontana Giusti. With a mix of bright colors and moving black and whites, Flavia created images that are both delicate and bold. Here is more from Flavia about this series…
One evening early in October, I invited my Instagram friend Amanda, who I had met in July at a film photography meetup in Madison, over to my place to work together on a creative photoshoot in my basement studio, with a strobe and a variety of thrifted fabrics and backdrops to play with. I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone; I’d been going into this routine of shooting self-portraits in the evening by myself to get a creative rush, and I wanted to do something different.
Amanda has a very distinct and affirmed fashion style, and I thought she looked like a cartoon character, empowered but also vulnerable, and I wanted to work with her because I loved how she expresses this with her fashion, her body language, and her own self-portrait practice.
I am always very eager to take self-portraits. I believe they’re a fantastic form of artistic expression, but I wanted the confrontation with another artist, another body, another skillset to challenge myself creatively.
I’m very happy with how these turned out. The way the pink and blues dance together on her skin is something I did not plan for, and the result is thrilling. These pictures have a delicacy that’s conveyed by these hues and by how Amanda stands in front of the camera. This is how I saw her, and the cameras delivered beyond what I had hoped for.
I will definitely be doing more of these, I’m excited for more artistic collaborations with Amanda and other artists who share an interest in film photography in the future.