So this is my result from episode one. “Capture Naples” they said, “with a ballerina”. Ooookay? Within 5 minutes I decided I would do just the opposite of someone dancing in front of famous landmarks. While I was still sitting in the studio I was already thinking about Darren Aronofsky’s BLACK SWAN. We had one night to sleep over this and I kept thinking about what else to incorporate, if not dance. I chose stereotypes, because what else, if you have just 2.5 hours to portray one of the most iconic cities in Italy. I started doing sketches and ended up with the “Spaghetti-waterfall”, looking a bit like something in Matthew Barney’s colorful cremaster universe. I was thinking full frontal flash, slightly overexposed, because I wanted to make the makeup pop, go full „Ju-On“, japanese horror movie, with the makeup.
The next morning the idea was in place, so I was just really really worried if my ballerina would play along. This is the point where I would like to emphasize that the “lone wolf photographer” is a stereotype itself. Without the help of awesome people we are *nothing*. Then I met the FANTASTIC @giusybattii - fantastic because, imagine you’re a professional ballerina, expecting to dance in front of the camera, and then I show up and I’ll invite you to Spaghetti. This would not have been possible without her! Grazie mille!
Also a million thanks to the folks at „Le Zendraglie“ for letting me shoot there and for cooking the spaghetti. I had no permission / release whatsoever for that place, they didn’t know what was coming, so that was all organized then and there on the spot. Incredible!
Last but not least, thx to the team behind the camera, you were and still are: awesome!
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Epic costumed collaborations: #MatthewBarney + #RichardSerra on the set of Barney's "Cremaster 3" at the @guggenheim in 2000, from the #Art21 "Consumption" episode. "To be sure, Richard has been a major influence on my work," says Barney of Serra.