Thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday for the opening of the AMFI Visual Culture show! We had a marvelous time checking out the work of these talented young photographers. Don't worry if you didn't have time to make it out: the show is up until February 17!
Click through for more photos of the event.
Today in our spotlight on AMFI's photographers, we take a look at the work of Daniel Lorenzatto. Click through the photos for our interview with him!
What inspired your photo collection?
The starting point was Proenza Schouler SS13 collection. It is about the idea of mechanical and organic coming together. Macoto Murayama's Inorganic Flora was also a strong reference.
Tell is about the photos with the projections on the faces.
They are from a series called "Obsolete visions of the future" . All things which people considered modern in the past. Those specific images make reference to the German band Kraftwerk and electronic music. Nostalgia for the future.
I had the model standing in front of the projection while I designed the masks using Photoshop brushes available for download on-line. I wanted to make it look like it was an electronic plate, those you find inside any electronic device.
How will you photographic work inform your other creative work?
Visual culture is an enormous subject, in a world dominated by images, it feels pretty relevant. Making photographs is a very personal experiment. You've got to give a lot of yourself to achieve something. It brings a stronger sense of identity to my work as a Fashion Brander. Images speak for themselves and convince without the need of much talk.
AMFI student Sjoerd van Beelen will be part of the Visual Culture show at OPTIONS! this Saturday. Click through the jump for Sjoerd's comments on his eerie, atmospheric work.
What inspired your photos?
All of the photographs have as starting point a fashion designer, in my case Thom Browne.
From that designer, I picked certain elements to create my own narrative. So the three photographs belong to a series of 25 photos that very much show two characters, living the same day and being on a quest, who turn out to be the same person in the end. The final photo of the series is Döppelganger.
In some photographs I hint to that by having the other character appear through the glasses of the first (Crooked View) and by having a yellow boxershort as recurring motif ('Silodam'). The last thing was pretty random, actually.
How do you choose the locations for your photos?
Photography gives me an excuse to go all the way, ignoring certain barriers. I come across locations accidently, passing them when I bike through the city, yet most of them are near my house. At first they seem to be nothing special and only useful for some test photos, but after a night of sleep, there's a more concrete idea. Yet for the photo Döppelganger, without any experimenting on the day itself (and without any assistance), this photograph would not exist. For some reason, I have a preference for desolate and dark settings, which lead me to construction sites and places that look odd at night, due to the artificial lighting. And yes, they are all in Amsterdam.
What's the story behind the photo of the dead man?
The other photograph is the reinterpretation of a crime scene. The designer, Thom Browne, often plays with the subject of reinterpretation, yet I made it more absurd. Adding a traffic sign as reply to the overuse of them, the yellow china refers to the markers at crime scenes, then again the white cloth is some sort of a breakfast cloth and the symmetry of the bridge, together with the lights, added a certain surreal quality. Then again, I'm open for other interpretations.
OPTIONS! very own Daisy van Belzen will be appearing in this Saturday's AMFI Visual Culture exhibition!
Click through for more of Daisy's photos and our mini-interview (minterview?) with her!
What inspired your photos?
The inspiration started with the power women we see in an older fashion show or designer Thierry Mugler: fall/winter 95/96 "Le Cirque". I love the theatricality and over-the-top character in his show. From this inspiration I dived into superhero's, supersexy power ladies, the comic and film "Barbarella". It has been one big science-fiction party.
How did you achieve your special effects?
The special effects are achieved by using strong red and white led lights, that I sometimes put in transparant plastic balls. Then the rays of light start to freak out and expand!
Why the wieners in outer space?
In Thierry Mugler's shows as well as in 'Space Opera'-science-fiction comics sexuality is quite important. I wanted to incorporate this sexual feel in an associative, fashionable and, of course, sci-fi way.