Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bellissimo!



Last week my girlfriend & I took a drive across the border into Northern Italy. We visited Milan & the region around Lake Como.

These are sketches made around the magnificent Duomo & the piazza.


Here are a few shots I took around central Milan. I liked the vibrancy of the city mixed with old world elegance. Impressive architecture & as a capital of fashion there were many well dressed, chic looking Italians walking around.





Caught the David Lachapelle retrospective at the Palazzo Reale.

I've been a fan of Lachapelle's work since the mid-nineties when I first saw his incredible surreal pop-kitsch fashion photography. I love the garish colours & plastic textures in his shots & the bizarre compositions he sets up.

His latest work re-inteprets the Biblical deluge as a critique of the decline of values in modern consumer culture & our increasing dependance on material goods.





A couple years ago he designed eye-catching window displays for Selfridges deptartment store in London (above) & was of course responsible for the astonishing documentary film 'RIZE' about LA dance craze-krumping.



At Lake Como we visited the idyllic Villa Balbianello on the Western side of the lake opposite Bellagio.


It has been used as a location in films such as Ocean's 12, Casino Royale & Star Wars: Episode 2.

This image I found online shows how ILM artists digitally extended the villa for Star Wars.

6 comments:

Oscar Grillo said...

Screw me!...I was sure I had commented something on this posting before, unfortunately I don't remember what I wrote. Ciao, bello!

Richard Mitchelson said...

Looks like a great trip, hope all is good in jones world.

Matt J said...

Grazie Don Grillo!
Hey Rich, all is good over here. How's it going back in the UK?

libra bear said...

Looks like you had fun, love the photos and the sketches.

Richard Mitchelson said...

Things seeem to be going from good to pretty bloody good at the mo, i'm really busy with work, and the rowing is going well. Life seems sweet on the British Riviera (Brighton) i have a new website, http://richmitch.co.uk, go check it out!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Superb pics Matt !!