Who cannot be inspired by Italy? A country that is full of culture, creative people and fantastic food. In the autumn of 2011 we traveled for two weeks in northern Italy. This trip was all about being inspired to create. To fill ourselves with visuals that would stimulate our designs and artwork. To see beauty and then come back home to create it. Our lens kept finding itself drawn to capture the everyday Italian.
Something is lovely about black and white photography. It tells a story in a way that color doesn’t. Through simplicity it explains complex ideas. Maybe there is something intangible that black and white images convey?
We feel the same way about films of the 40’s-60’s in Italy. Their artistry. Their storytelling. The raw way in which they were shot. When we think of Antonioni (L'Avventura), Fellini (La Strada, 8 1/2), Rosselini (Roma, Città Aperta), De Sica (Ladri di Biciclette), just some of the filmmakers that led the way in Italian cinema, we wish we could see the world through their eyes. Through their cameras.
The images we include here are paying respect to the filmmakers who opened the eyes of the world to the beauty of Italy, film and art.
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