Inspiring Photographers Today: Francesco Lonigro

Francesco is an Italian photographer based in Berlin, with a Master’s degree in Art history. After working for several years in art galleries he chose to make photography his profession. Francesco started working with several companies as a commercial and product photographer, while also cultivating his passion for portraiture.

The idea behind the series was to reverse the concept of beauty using something that reminded Francesco of the 90’s fashion photography aesthetic, with simple composition, natural beauty, leaving the model play with few elements. The incredible elegance of Melanie was a perfect fit for the series.

Could you tell us the story behind your favourite picture of your series?

“It’s hard for me to pin down a favourite shot in the series. The experience of shooting with a great team and the wonderful Melanie has been very special to me. I would say that the pictures were composing themselves alone, the strong leading lines that were framing the silhouette were just popping up in front of my eyes. Maybe the picture that I most enjoyed shooting was the 3rd one of the Vogue Italia feature. In this shot I think all the regality, sensuality and strength of the model came out. A pose that reminds me of the Renaissance masters’ models embodies the grace of Melanie.

Where do you find your inspiration to continue photographing with a fresh outlook?

“I personally find inspirations in the hundreds of years of art that precede us, bringing with me (in my head and eyes) all the wonderful works that have been made helps me to find beauty everywhere. Reinterpret reality through my eyes, means also reinterpreting it with the knowledge that I have my personal idea of beauty, that is a mix of my studies (having a master degree in art history) and the land where I grew up. I often try to take pictures in Puglia when I go back, because it has such a big influence on the way I perceive reality and the way I take pictures.”

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“The advice of a brotherly friend helped me a lot  (He is an artist I often take inspiration from) He told me I should strip down my compositions, to leave the essential and play with it. Suggest and not impose a meaning or a concept, let the person who’s looking at the work find his on way to what you mean through the shots. My works were very influenced by those words at the time and they still are.”

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