Urban Self Portraits
Emiliano and Lorenzo Zandri are brothers, aged 29 and 25, respectively. But they are also architects and photographers who work with urban and indoor spaces’ photography. So, last year, when they were asked to test the Polaroid I-1, the result of the “Impossible Project” Elvis Lives, they didn’t have to think twice.
They started snapping shots of themselves against the backdrop of Rome. It was their first project together, and they took full advantage of the extraordinary features of the camera at their disposal: super-high-tech, analogue snapshots, with Bluetoothcontrolled shutter speeds, exposure and diaphragm aperture. Since the camera could be operated through an app, they were able to play with placing themselves in the space, highlighting both the various architectural backgrounds they selected and the contrast between the human element and the architectural one - ancient, modern and contemporary. With their trained eyes and their experience in life and in exploring the city, they succeeded in rendering the beauty and the contradictions of the places they have always loved, as well as the spots to which they want to draw more attention, to be rescued and redeveloped. Using photography as a research tool, they made themselves the artists and subjects of an ambitious project. They were able to lose themselves in the urban settings, to give the viewer an idea of Rome’s vast architectural identity and gift them with dreamy atmospheres. “Urban Self Portraits” is a series of eighteen shots full of passion, precision, irony and contrasts. Emiliano and Lorenzo, curious, mad and methodical, wanted to share with us their particular view of the city of Rome, and they have succeeded.
The story has been written by Martina Germani Riccardi, writer.