Saturday, 25 April 2015

Singer Sewing Machine

I recently went out and bought me a new heavy duty sewing machine.

With this purchase I aim to rediscover my love for textiles and begin creating craft based artwork again. I've neglected making this kind of work
as photography became a more dominant feature of Nino Paulito's output. However, my interest for doing that, (and maybe art in general), has
waned in recent years to the point where I'm rarely inspired to make anything at all.

Recent events in my personal life though have encouraged me to refocus and dig myself out of this fuggy mood. I bought all these fun fabrics too
which has already begun to stir a myriad of exciting ideas and possibilities in my head.

Stay tuned to see what creative developments Nino Paulito comes up with next...

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

Along with Tim Walker, Miles Aldridge and Inez & Vinoodh, Guy Bourdin stands as one of my favourite fashion photographers.
During his creative peak in the 70's, there were few others who could match his relentless prolificacy, visual dynamism and the
bold uncompromising sexuality depicted in all of his work.

I went to see his retrospective at Somerset House a lil while ago and it was one of the most brilliant and exciting exhibitions I've seen in a long time. Every wall contained unforgettable images perfectly illustrating Bourdin's skill for creating melodramatic fashion scenes. With their dazzling use of
colour and vivid graphical composition, some photos strongly resemble the glossy schlock of Giallo cinema which was very prevalent during the time.

Bourdin did not shy away from taboo and provocative. The models in his photographs are depicted in many gleefully sexualized ways, (some maybe a tad misogynistic). How he choose to tightly crop images is almost violent in the way limbs are disembodied and awkwardly contorted, like a police crime scene image. Viewing his body of work I am pretty convinced he had a bit of a foot fetish too.

My favourite photographs from the show include the collaborative series with shoe designer Charles Jourdan where the model's legs are so meticulously composed that they come across more mechanical than human in form. Another memorable photo was the legs on train track image which demonstrates the seductively dark humour present in much of Bourdin's work.

Overall, I really enjoyed this show and would recommend it for everyone to go see had I written this post earlier and the show hadn't ended already... 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Trip to Cephalonia

Nino Paulito has recently returned from an Easter trip to the Greek island of Kefalonia.

Arriving slightly before the busy tourist season began meant I was being able to enjoy many of the island's beautiful beaches alone, relax
and peruse the gorgeous mountain trails at my own leisure. Some of my favourite sights included the Argostoli lighthouse the the amazing
view above which was taken from my apartment balcony.

Vist the Nino Tumblr page to see more snaps of Kefalonia and follow to view images from other Nino Paulito projects.