REALITY PROJECT by ALMA PHOTOS
When did you decide to start shooting girls? What was your “mental process” behind the decision?
Alessandro: Last summer. When I’ve finally realized I got sick of those pictures of nude stunning models we’re surrounded by. Mainly because those pictures are very very far from reality. The “mental process” was: “Let’s do it different. Let’s do it real”. We’re shooting also men by the way.. Only, they seem to be much more shy than women.
Matteo: I couldn’t tell it exactly. I always liked to shoot naked women… I used to do that with my girlfriends of the time. Reality Project gave me the chance to do that with somebody I don’t know, which I think is very stimulating.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
A: Pee, check mail.
M: I make coffee and switch on the phone to check the social networks.
Does your mother appreciate your pictures?
A: Yes, she does.
A movie that we should watch.
A: Apart from Billy Wilder’s masterpiece “Some like it hot”, I would recommend “You, the Living” by Roy Andersson, “Bikur Ha-Tizmoret” (La Banda) by Eran Kolirin, Maradona by Kusturica and “La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser” by Davide Manuli. I know, they’re five. Fuck.
M: Moonrise kingdom by Wes Anderson.
Who is your “dream” model? Where would you love to set your shooting?
A: The girl next door, in her house.
M: Hard to say… they would be too many. Maybe Alba Rohrwacher
Are you keeping your work secret to someone?
A: No. When you’re using social networks, it’s difficult to keep something secret to someone.
M: No, never.
Are you usually turned on by the model you are shooting?
A: Usually not. We’re shooting very different people for this project. We always do our best to create a good feeling with our models, but to be turned on, I would say not really, so far.
M: No, never…but if it had happened it would have been normal.
Name three photographers that you consider masters.
A: Normally I would have said someone like Luigi ghiri, Robert Frank, William Klein…
But I feel like naming three that I consider the NEW Italian masters. Alessandro Grassani, Nanni Fontana and Erik Messori.
Ah… also Fernando Brito, the genius. I know, they’re seven. Fuck.
M: August Sander, Diane Arbus, Eliott Erwitt.
Did any model ever get mad at you because she was looking “ugly” in your pictures?
A: Not yet!
M: No, never.
What do you do in your free time?
A: Other than shooting naked bodies? I adore sailing whenever I can, ride my bike, watch movies and sleep. The last two things often simultaneously.
M: Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of it. I love to swim.
What is the difference between a good nude picture and an amazing one?
A: A good nude picture stops at the nude. The amazing one goes over.
M: The amazing one has to be original and true. If it tells a story, then is even better.
Who is, in your opinion, the most overrated nude photographer? And the one who is not appreciate yet?
A: Terry Richardson. He’s just “over” in every sense. Good and bad.
M: No comment.
Your biggest fault
A: To be obstinate and not a great decision maker.
M: The frenzy in doing things.
What does your partner think about your work?
A: She hates being photographed, but luckily she likes most of it.
M: She loves it.
Do you remember your dreams in the morning? Are you able to interpret them?
A: Sometimes I do, but they’re often quite weird and I don’t even try to interpret them.
M: It’s rare. I’m not able to interpret them.