"Women as goddesses, primordial elements of nature appear in a magical dimension as if suspended beyond space and time, images painted with light, in a scenario that enhances the creativity of the artist who is this great photographer." The journalist Carla Ferrari's words best outline the well-known Swiss photographer Franco Taranto, who created his latest work underwater.
A demanding work entitled "Divine Fluctuations" was created after months of studying colors, shapes, and volumes combined with fabrics and underwater effects. Places of excellence in culture are the backdrop for the dancers, combining fashion, art, and culture. The sets recreated underwater depict the Louvre, Versailles, Paris Opera, St. Peter's, the Teatro La Fenice, Leonardo's Last Supper, the La Scala Theater, and the Federal Palace.
Light figures and fabrics envelop them like peplums of Greek statues - White like the innocence of a goddess, blue like the immensity of the sky, gold like the power of ambition, black like the color before dawn, red like a woman's strength and passion.
Franco Taranto makes emotions visible through underwater shots of four Swiss dancers, Francesca Lapadula, Nancy Brusorio, Milena Crameri, and Taisia Crippa, dancing against the backdrop of iconic monuments and the dancer Mattia Kaufmann who played Jesus in the Last Supper.
The designer Rosanna Stega also participated in the photographer's project, designer of the dresses with 220 meters of fabric, as indicated by the photographer, distributed in 8 dresses, with Make-Up Artist Franziska Lerch, Romina Kalsi, Oxana Kolesnikova, in total, 12 staff people in a rotation that helped underwater and diving.
With this work, he invites the viewer on a journey to discover culture and emotions, immersing them in a fairy-tale and dreamy world where silence prevails. Only the fabrics' soft movements and the water dancers are perceived. The recreated settings speak directly to the soul and invite the viewer to go beyond shapes and volumes.
Franco Taranto is the author of "VICTIMS OF BEAUTY - Silence Kills Dignity," a work awarded in Milan and the City of Lugano in 2017 and 2018 as the best anti-violence campaign against women.
The full editorial from LO'AMMI Magazine, "Divine Fluctuations" - February 2023 can be seen below:
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