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THE NAKED SOUL.

Matteo Linguiti is a photographer and a professional apnea diver. The combination of this two skills let him plunge into the abyss of human nature, take pictures, and come back to surface. We met Matteo one evening in our studio. He showed us some cool stuff: fashion backstage videos, nightscapes and  HDR shots. After closing the Macbook’s lid, he paused and smiled. “I have to show you something” he said, rummaging in his backpack. He took off a big book. “This has been my project for the last three years. I travel a lot for work, so it took me a while to edit all the material. Basically this is a collection of women I asked to take their clothes off and pose for me, naked.”  The peculiar part of this project is that Matteo never met them before. All of them were complete strangers to him (and viceversa, of course). The deal was a three-hour shooting at his place. Then bye bye. No swapping of phone numbers or email. No strings attached. Nothing. Just a fragment of life, shared between photographer and model. Matteo recorded the women’s freewheeling talk during the shooting, so that portraits could be accompanied by their confession. It’s a train of thoughts expressed in loud voice, where images and words, to ensure intimacy, are shuffled so not to match each others. Matteo is looking forward to publish his book which collects hundreds of women and their stories; a work on anthropology, solitude, desperation and an urge for love, more than an essay on nudity. We wish him good luck.

The Brandpowder Team

 

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THE PAGE IS ALIVE.

What happens when you realize your life is going nowhere, while days pile up like shallow pages? What happens when you end up being trapped into their glassy, glossy surface?  While you think about an answer, we are going to tell you a story about a brave spirit who – in search of adventure – fought to come out, literally, from the immobility of a picture.

With light foot, the Fornarina Girl (we took her nickname from the brand she was advertising) has been running through the Vogue pages. On her way she came across several beautiful personalities populating the sleek world of fashion: most of them tried to dissuade her from the purpose, but to no avail. In the end our heroine finds a way out, only to realize she can’t really leave a clichè without falling into another one.

Concept and Art Direction: Carlo Muttoni / Hand Lettering: Monica Turlot / Photography: Bob Lesiem / Post Production: Brandpowder Team.

Special thanks to: Vogue Italy, Fornarina, Calzedonia, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Dior, Gucci, Missoni, Catherine Denevue shot by Steven Meisel and the editorial ‘Home Chic’ by Miles Aldridge.