In Lockdown with Olivia Sofia Ferrara

Documenting her quarantine on film, Olivia Sofia Ferrara is creating a collection of video diaries that reflect the unusual times we are living in. The stills shown here retain the cinematic mood…

‘My name is Olivia Sofia Ferrara and I’m from Kent.

One evening, about a week into isolation, I set myself the task of creating daily videos of My Isolation with the aim to capture the beauty in the everyday. And it made me really become present within my surroundings as I was having to look for shots, but within these tight parameters of the lockdown.

The photos are screen grabs from the videos I have created so far from my experience with isolation. I hope you like them.

Outside of lockdown I would normally be shooting gigs, theatre shows, headshots, etc. However, as I had recently moved to London I am looking to expand my repertoire into property photography, family/pet photoshoots and professional headshots.’

All photos are part of Olivia’s My Isolation project and copyrighted by her. If you would like to see the videos they come from you can follow Olivia on Instagram and find more of her work on her website.

Links to the rest of our series of features with photographers in lockdown can be found here

30th April 2020

In Lockdown with Dave Harford

Still finding time to be creative between keyworking shifts, photographer Dave Harford is seeking out new subjects and developing his skills in macro shooting…

‘I’m Dave Harford and I’m usually a landscape photographer based in Worcester. The lockdown has been really frustrating due to beautiful weather and sunsets (my favourite). 

I’m a key worker so manage to take the camera to work with me. I’ve managed a couple of landscape shots and the M5 as you can see at night. But for me, lockdown has widened my approach to photography. It’s taught me new things and to see new things. I’ve been experimenting with macro, from taking photos of my children’s eyes, to candles, insects and pencils. Strange!

April has also gifted us supermoon and full moons which have to be captured. Thanks for taking the time to look, enjoy and keep shooting. Think outside of the box.’

All photos are taken and copyrighted by Dave. You can see a great selection of his work on his website and follow him on Instagram and Twitter

Links to the rest of our series of features with photographers in lockdown can be found here

29th April 2020

In Lockdown with Michelle Cop

Today we meet photographer Michelle Cop, taking the opportunity to connect with nature and bring us some beautiful shots from her garden and neighbourhood…

‘My name is Michelle Cop, I’m in Brisbane, Australia.

These photos are all nature shots from either my garden or close distance to my house; with all the lockdowns it’s nice to appreciate the natural wonders of this world.

I would normally be taking photos of concerts and shows or sporting events, so it’s been nice learning different subjects.

I’m actually enjoying the break, but can’t wait to get back to live music; music is my life so definitely  missing that.’

All photos are taken and copyrighted by Michelle. You can see more of her work and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Links to the rest of our series of features with photographers in lockdown can be found here

28th April 2020

In Lockdown with Lou Smith

Kicking off this week’s In Lockdown features, we catch up with dexterous photographer and videographer Lou Smith, currently swapping nightlife for nature…

‘My name is Lou Smith, I live in East Dulwich, South London.

I am mostly known for my photo and video documentation of the underground music scene, specifically centred around the South London scene, even more specifically The Windmill, Brixton over the past decade.

I am probably most closely associated with my photos and video work of Fat White Family, having produced a couple of their promos and a single cover and have the most comprehensive image catalogue of their performances anywhere.

During lockdown I had been looking at new subjects to point my camera at. A friend posted on FB that she wanted to investigate her body for skin mites and did anyone have a microscope. I remembered my old microscope and dug it out. I had some fun playing a what is it game where people had to guess what I had under the microscope today.

Alongside this, and because of the large number of hours I spent at home and in the garden, I started to try to photograph the foxes that live there. One young vixen in particular became really quite ‘friendly’ and started to come really close, due to the promise of peanuts and mealworms. I have really loved having her around, filming and photographing her and watching her interactions with my cat Wiz.

The Windmill, Brixton is to me as to many others virtually a second home. I can’t wait to get back into the steaming throng of the live music family that lives there too and be in the thick of it once more. In the meantime, I am thoroughly enjoying my new muses.

I think generally, I am learning quite a lot about myself during the lockdown. I think I am a natural introvert (my camera has served as some kind of social crutch in the past, and has opened me up to a much wider experience than I might otherwise have had) so I am actually finding some great positives in the lockdown. I have used the time to kick a forty plus year smoking habit and to take up yoga, cooking and meditation to help steer me through. I have also loved the birdsong and relative freedom from air and noise pollution.’

All images are taken and copyrighted by Lou Smith. You can see more of his work and take an immersive look into the London music scene as viewed through his lens on his website. For regular updates follow Lou on Instagram and YouTube.

Links to the rest of our series of features with photographers in lockdown can be found here

27th April 2020

In Lockdown with Clare Ratcliffe

Completing this week’s photography features, Clare Ratcliffe is using her time in quarantine to capture her local area and discover the wildlife and nature on her doorstep (not forgetting a fine looking collection of beverages too!). Join us again each weekday next week as the series continues…

‘I’m Clare Ratcliffe, a keen amateur photographer from Peterborough, UK, who loves to shoot local gigs/festivals (especially this time of year) and photograph our travels abroad, which has all stopped since we were put on lockdown on 23rd March – my birthday!!

I’m currently in lockdown with my husband, Mark, although we are both still working; me working from home for a media company and Mark for a bread company – #keyworkers!

The pictures I’ve taken since lockdown include my birthday flowers, pictures taken in my back garden (which luckily seems to attract a lot of wildlife), various objects around the house and whenever I can get out for a walk during the day – we live next to a large country park.’

You can find more of Clare’s photos and follow her on Facebook and Instagram

Links to the rest of our series of features with photographers in lockdown can be found here

24th April 2020

In Lockdown with Jennifer Mullins

Continuing our lockdown series, today’s feature is with music photographer Jennifer Mullins. Uncovering the hidden gems of what is usually the busiest city in Arizona, her shots manage to reflect the past whilst documenting life today…

‘My name is Jennifer Mullins and I live in Phoenix, AZ.

I usually photograph live music shows in Phoenix as well as portraits but since these avenues have been shut down I have taken to going downtown to explore historic districts and neighborhoods that I’ve never been to. The streets are pretty much abandoned, with the exception of walkers and bikers. I’m enjoying taking the time to enjoy older architecture as well as capturing the emptiness of the city.

I photograph in color and black and white, depending on the subject and the feeling that I want to translate into the finished product.  Since I live alone, the black and white empty spaces reflect the isolation that I feel from time to time.

The thing that I look forward to the most when the lockdown is over is physical touch. I miss the hugs that I’d get when I was at shows and the familiar faces.’

All photos are taken and copyrighted by Jennifer. You can see more of her work and follow her on Instagram.

Links to the rest of our series of features with photographers in lockdown can be found here

23rd April 2020

In Lockdown with Marge Bradshaw

Today’s lockdown feature is with events photographer Marge Bradshaw, showing us around the empty streets of her hometown and seeking out welcome corners of nature to capture… 

‘I’m Marge Bradshaw, I’m in Bolton, Greater Manchester (or Lancashire, depending how you mark your boundaries!) with my husband and step-son.

These lockdown shots represent the two main creative outlets in my life right now. Firstly, capturing the changes to previously familiar landscape and street furniture on my daily walk; and secondly my garden. I’m spending more time than ever in our small bit of outdoor sanctuary, which has given me a creative focus and helped my mental health and wellbeing.

I’d normally be shooting culture and live events like gigs, festivals, theatre or workshops for museums, galleries and heritage sites. Plus corporate awards and a spot of family documentary.

When it’s over I’m most looking forward to photographing human beings again! And going to see my Mum, who’s looking after my Step-Dad by herself at home – he’s in the advanced stages of mixed dementia.

I’m coping with lockdown by trying to pick up my camera every day, finding creative opportunities in even the smallest, mundane, everyday objects lying around the house. My top lockdown tip is to follow the 5 Ways to Wellbeing: connect, take notice, learn, give and be active. Works wonders!’

All photos are taken and copyrighted by Marge. You can see more of her work on her website and follow her on Instagram and Twitter for a great range of photographic subjects and styles.

Links to the rest of our series of features with photographers in lockdown can be found here
22nd April 2020

In Lockdown with Teresa Lyle

Next up in our series of lockdown photography features we meet Teresa Lyle, who is managing to take a lighter look at the current situation with a creative project recording her day to day life with an unusual housemate…

‘My name is Teresa, I’m currently based in Northern Ireland.

The images are from the Series When Cobhídh Came To Stay.  Isolating alone, the work uses art and humour as a coping mechanism with the lockdown in place due to Covid-19. I have created a room-mate to interact with and the images represent activities carried out by many people during lockdown.

Alternatively if the lockdown hadn’t have taken place I would be currently working on protest art and working towards a Masters in Photography.

The project is keeping my mind occupied during the lockdown making the process a little bit easier to deal with.

Stay home and stay safe.’

All photos are created, taken and copyrighted by Teresa. When Cobhídh Came To Stay and other photography projects can be found on Teresa’s Instagram – you can view and follow her work there.

Links to the rest of our series of features with photographers in lockdown can be found here

21st April 2020

In Lockdown with Shane O’Neill

In a new series starting today on Breaking Glass, we’ll be featuring photographers across the UK and overseas, checking in to see how they’re doing during lockdown and what they’re shooting. First up is Shane O’Neill, making the most of the deserted streets with some bold cityscapes…

’My name is Shane O’Neill, I’m in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in lockdown with my boyfriend.

The photos that I have included are from my walks during lockdown. I have been leaving home as little as possible but, when I do go out, I take my camera with me to document what I see.

Before lockdown happened I was working on a project photographing drag artists in Northern Ireland, both portrait and documentary, and I am really looking forward to getting back to working on that.

This lockdown situation has been strange and it really shows how important the little things in life are, so stay positive, stay safe, stay creative.’


All photos are taken and copyrighted by Shane. Check out and follow his work on his website and Instagram accounts for a variety of  photography and dedicated portrait shots.

Links to the rest of our series of features with photographers in lockdown can be found here

20th April 2020

 

Interview – In Earnest

Using the intensity of depression and loneliness to create a beautifully hypnotic song, In Earnest release their new single Put Me Under into the world today. We chatted to Sarah to find out more about what makes the band tick and their plans for new music and ice cream…

Introduce us to In Earnest – who’s involved and how did you get together as a band?

In Earnest consists of guitarist/vocalist Thomas, violinist/guitarist Toby and myself, Sarah, on keys/vocals, based in sunny Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Thomas and I are the songwriters, bringing our individual songs into the rehearsal room to work on as a group. We were all in a band beforehand, but our new outfit focuses on writing about mental health and encouraging conversations around the topic.

Your debut single Put Me Under is released today. It’s a very personal track addressing coping with depression – how hard is it to express this openly?

Having suffered with mental illness for 10 years now, I’ve got used to speaking openly about it over the years. I started a blog about 5 years ago on the subject and have written a lot of songs about mental health, but it is still a little daunting. My brain constantly steers towards negative thoughts all the time, so I naturally think no-one will like what I create!

Do you have a message for anyone struggling with their mental health under isolation?

I think, lockdown or not, it’s so important to look after your mental health, so now is a great time to sit back and evaluate. There are a lot of self-care guides out there, but what has helped me the most is doing a little bit of yoga each day and eating well. It has pretty much taken me 10 years of struggling and a month of isolation to make me realise this!

And how are you all doing – are you finding ways to still make music either together or separately?

Thomas and I live together, so luckily we get to play a lot of music with each other at home. We are currently working on a collaboration with Toby, remotely of course!

Put Me Under is the first track from your upcoming EP – can you tell us more about what to expect?

Our next single will be a song called Come Upstairs, which follows on nicely from Put Me Under. It is from Tom’s perspective and is the story of how he copes with me and my mental illness. The entire 6-track EP is due in the latter stages of 2020 – you can expect to hear deep lyrics, keys solos and most definitely our producer (Peter Waterman) singing backing vocals.

What were your musical influences growing up and which other artists have you been listening to lately?

I mostly grew up listening to The Beatles and McFly, so pop music was where I began. My Dad has been a drummer on the local music scene since before I was born, so I really looked up to him as I found my feet in the music world (between being dragged to soundchecks and being deafened by tuning drums!) Lately I admire the sombre tones of Phoebe Bridgers, Dodie and Elliot Smith.

Are you planning live dates when things start to open up again?

Absolutely! A few of our gigs have been rescheduled to later in the year, but we are so excited to get back into rehearsals and just being a band again.

And when lockdown is over, what are you most looking forward to?

Above all else, going down to Southend seafront and getting ice creams…

You can find more from In Earnest here and listen to Put Me Under below. If you’re staying in tonight and, let’s face it we all are, join the band for their single launch party on Instagram and Facebook at 8pm 

Interview by Siobhan
Promo photos by Soundcastle Media, single artwork by Thomas Eatherton

17th April 2020

Interview – Car Boot Sale

With the release of their latest single One of These Days, London based Car Boot Sale continue to add to their impressive catalogue of soulful indie-pop tracks. We caught up with them to chat about making music before, during and after isolation…

Introduce us to Car Boot Sale – who’s involved and does your name come from a love of haggling on a wet Saturday morning?

Jim and Ciaran here, we’re two housemates that have been working on music together for the past couple of years. Car Boot Sale started as a recording project but has become more of a band since we started playing live with our pals. (Shout out to Jamie, Tim and Bryn!)

Neither of us are really morning people, so the name came from the fact that our sound and influences were quite disparate and varied, just like the stuff that’s sold at a car boot sale. We also didn’t want it to sound too serious and thought Car Boot Sale was a pretty silly name for a band.

Your new single One of These Days is out now; you’ve described it as being ‘An ode to dreaming, about maintaining an optimistic view of the future that you can carry through difficult times’. That seems incredibly apt for right now – when did you write the song and what was the inspiration?

This song was written last summer, just after we’d spent the weekend at All Points East Festival. We’d been listening to Toro Y Moi on repeat around about that time and seeing him live was mind blowing, we both felt super inspired by his band and performance and came away wanting to write a song that reflected that. The line ‘One of these days I’ll be where you’re standing’ was sort of the inner voice that was in our heads during the set.

How are things with both of you – what’s helping you through isolation?

We’re all good, but currently quarantining separately, having to do the whole the online thing feels a little odd. Jim’s been tinkering away on some demos and has invested in some quite smart looking AstroTurf for the 2ft square balcony. Ciaran’s learning bass and bought one off Gumtree. When he went to collect it he had to post the cash through the letterbox and step away, luckily the guy was legitimate and left the bass outside for Ciaran to disinfect afterwards haha!

There are obviously no gigs or festivals happening now or any time soon. If you could play with any other artists who would you love to share a line-up with?

Jim – Lionel Ritchie would be amazing. We’re huge Tame Impala fans, or perhaps someone like Whitney or Tops or Parcels. There’s too many great bands to choose from!

You have Theo Verney mixing and mastering for you – are you fans of each other’s music, what influence does he have on your work?

We’ve been big fans of Theo’s songs and mixes for a while actually! Ciaran followed him on Instagram a couple years back and really hoped we’d get a chance to work together, so as fate would have it, Theo got in touch and offered to mix a track as a test.

When it came back we were both pretty blown away as we’d been doing all the mixing ourselves up until that point. It felt like we were hearing ourselves properly for the first time which was really cool. He’s also got a sick new band called Public Body.

An abridged version of Desert Island Discs – you’re allowed 3 albums, 1 book and a luxury item of your choice, what will you take?

We like our classic songwriters, so we thought we’d take some albums that have already stood the test of time:
David Bowie – Hunky Dory
Gerry Raffety – City to City
Neil Young – After the Gold Rush

We’re not really huge readers so perhaps it’s best if we take some sort of survival guide, otherwise I think we’d be in trouble.

Jim – Our old housemate left us with a huge painting of a sunburnt David Beckham. I think I’d bring that just to wind Ciaran up – he hates it! (I also reckon we could fashion a shelter out of it).

What are your plans when lockdown is lifted in terms of releasing more music and live dates?

We’ve got a bunch of songs demoed and we were planning to go into the studio with Theo around May, obviously that’s been pushed back so hopefully we’ll still get them recorded this summer. I can imagine we’re going to be really rusty after a couple of months not gigging, so as soon as lockdown is over we’ll be back in the practise room!

And what are you most looking forward to when we’re all allowed out again?

Playing gigs, watching gigs, beers in the park with mates, all the simple joys of life really!

Check out One of These Days below and more from Car Boot Sale here

Interview by Siobhan
Photos via Car Boot Sale

16th April 2020

Album Review – The Strokes: The New Abnormal

Album Review – The Strokes: The New Abnormal

What do The Strokes mean in 2020? It’s almost 20 years since their toweringly influential debut album Is This It? was released, still heralded as the defining picture of rock in the 2000s by many. Adored critically and commercially, it spearheaded a garage rock renaissance, spawned affectionate imitators and inspired an impressionistic youth the world over: Alex Turner wasn’t the only one who wanted to be one of The Strokes.

Though unavoidable, it’s perhaps a little unfair to compare every subsequent Strokes release to their debut, as history has often told, longevity after such a perfect start is never simple. Despite 2003’s follow up Room on Fire managing to pack a similar punch, quality control over subsequent releases was patchy and for much of the last decade it seemed like a new Strokes release was the last thing on some of the group’s minds.

Thankfully though, The New Abnormal sees the band at last singing along to the same hymnbook, one that’s conducted by an appreciation for ‘80s New York cool, complete with Basquiat artwork; it’s a hymnbook written in graffiti aside a rattling subway train. When lead vocalist (and reigning coolest name of all-time champion) Julian Casablancas asks, “and the ‘80s song, how did it go?” on Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus, one might as well retort back that it appears on this album! Both The Psychedelic Furs and Generation X receive songwriting nods for Eternal Summer and Bad Decisions respectively, with the latter’s chorus built upon a lovely interpolation of Dancing with Myself, though it’s hard not to get caught mis-singing the original “If I had the chance, I’d ask the world to dance” line which sadly has no counterpart here.

The album opens with the somewhat sedate The Adults are Talking, which despite not doing anything wrong itself, feels like a missed opportunity against a song like At The Door which would have made for a more brazen opener, and is just one of the many highlights which come from Casablancas seemingly having a ball behind the microphone. It’s impressive hearing him shift from a pop-punk drawl on Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus to a funk-pop falsetto on Endless Summer and he manages to elevate Selfless, Not the Same Anymore and Ode To The Mets to heights unimaginable with another indie rock vocalist.

Familiar Strokes’ elements remain rooted to the group’s sound, there’s plenty of clunky yet danceable guitar riffs, watery arpeggios and driving basslines throughout, though it seems Casablancas has brought a little something of his other project, The Voidz, into the mix; Eternal Summer, Why Are Sundays So Depressing? and At the Door wouldn’t have sounded out of place on their mostly brilliant and a little bonkers last album, Virtue. As for misfires, there’s little in the music to not be enamoured by, though with most of the track-list sitting around the 4-6 minute mark and often seeming to be finishing for a good minute or two before they eventually fizzle out; some trimming around the edges wouldn’t have gone amiss.

As to what The Strokes mean in 2020, it’s still a little unclear, these days they’re more commonly found adorning the cover of countless ’noughties indie’ Spotify playlists, crystalised still in that golden period of garage rock revivalism. But with a little help from career revitalisation specialist Rick Rubin, The New Abnormal (a somewhat poignantly apt title for our times) is at least The Strokes’ most cohesive and fun sounding record in over a decade.

The New Abnormal is out now via Cult and RCA Records.You can get the latest news from The Strokes and order the album here – watch the video for At the Door below.

Words by Ryan Bell

14th April 2020

Gig Reflections

It’s not quite been a month yet but seems so long since live music was an option; it even feels strange to think about being in a crowded space. So, looking back through some old photos in a different light, I’ve picked some out some gig-related shots that don’t feature any people…

December 2018 – The famous Barrowland sign; a trip to Glasgow to see Glasvegas’ closing show on their tour celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their debut album, made even better (if that’s feasible) by the inclusion of tracks from their Christmas EP. A special night.

2017 – Photo-punk exhibition at Brighton Museum; iconic photos by Kevin Cummins and Ian Dickson plus memorabilia from gigs and artists including this ticket to see The Fall, where you could get totally wired for the reduced admission price of 20p.

January 2019 – Deckchairs at Butlins lined up for one of the artist Q&As at Rockaway Beach Festival, not a red-coat in sight.

Waiting for the main event…
Top left: May 2019 – The Ninth Wave at The Prince Albert in Brighton for Deezer Sessions

Top right: March 2020 – Porridge Radio album launch instore at Pie & Vinyl in Southsea (my last live music before lockdown)
Bottom: August 2017 – up close with The Cribs promoting 24/7 Rockstar Shit at Rough Trade in Nottingham

November 2018 – Everyone loves a setlist; this is from a pre-Dogrel Fontaines DC opening for Shame at Portsmouth Pyramids, not long until they were selling out their own headline shows.

Online tickets are all well and good but there’s nothing quite like sorting through your old paper tickets to bring back memories. There’s some photo passes from favourite shows in the mix too; always a privilege, quite surreal when it’s an artist you’ve liked for years. Shout out to all the gig photographers and regular ‘down the front’ gig-goers I’ve had the pleasure to meet in real life or virtually – a lovely supportive community – hope you’re all doing OK.

This is the staircase wall at one of my favourite venues in Brighton, The Hope and Ruin – one of many paste-up artworks in the area by The Postman that kind of sums up how we probably all feel about the current situation. And yes, for those eagle-eyed connoisseurs out there, the header shot on this piece is indeed from their toilets – a collection of venue toilet photos is one of the more niche projects I’ve considered in the past and might even return to when the option’s there! Really hope that all the smaller independent venues will survive losing their business for a while and will be putting on shows again in the not too distant future. See you all there…?

Words and photos by Siobhan

9th April 2020

 

Interview – Activity

With the release of their debut LP Unmask Whoever, Activity bring an intensity rarely found in such a new project. The tracks are at times darkly poignant yet also strangely reassuring with their cathartic brand of art rock. We talked to vocalist Travis about the album, the impact of lockdown and future plans…

Your album Unmask Whoever has just been released, tell us about it and how it all came together…

We started the band very loosely, having no idea what was going to happen or what kind of music it would be. Things came together through lots and lots of jamming. People would bring in little shards of ideas, or a sequence on a sampler or something, and we’d just work on it without ideas about what would be off limits. I guess we’d started to form some kind of identity for ourselves. When we recorded with Jeff Berner (of Psychic TV), he totally got what we were going for and made everything much better.

I imagine when you planned the release you had no idea of what would be happening in the world – how has the Covid-19 pandemic affected your plans and projects as a band?

Yeah, everything, our tour dates, etc. is on hold until it’s safe to resume. Obviously, for everyone’s sake we hope that will be sooner rather than later but it would be ridiculous to try and tour or play shows now. So, without being in a room with each other, we’re just trying to keep going, sending recordings to each other, like I imagine a lot of bands are.

And how are you all doing – what’s the situation like where you are?

We’re in New York and Philadelphia, so it’s intense and scary here and we know lots of people getting sick. I would imagine it’s pretty similar to anywhere that’s been hit (or will be hit) hard.

Unmask Whoever has a very filmic feel; if your music ended up as a soundtrack for film or TV where would you like to see it being used?

I suppose it would depend on the song, but maybe a montage of unsuccessful bank heists, or a party in a forest, or the end credits.

It feels like, more than ever, music is a really important thing to provide some familiarity and comfort – what are your go-to albums that you wouldn’t want to be without?

For me personally, a few all timers are:
Pastels – Illumination
Grouper – Alien Observer
John Coltrane – Crescent
Alice Coltrane – Monastic Trio
Faust – IV
They’re not necessarily the most emotional sounding records, but I get a lot of comfort from them. I’m curious what the other Activity folks would say actually. I’m gonna ask them.

Amidst the tough times we’re in, how can people best continue to support you as artists and the music scene in general?

I think this really applies at all times, but buying records or downloads and not just streaming things makes an immense difference for musicians who are just getting by. Ordering directly from Bandcamp, or a band’s record label, or an independent record store means the world. When we can do so again, going to shows is obviously great too, but in the meantime, ordering records is great!

And what are your plans when things head back to normal, what’s next for Activity?

To start working on the songs we were starting to write before we had to cut ourselves off from each other!

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Unmask Whoever is available now on Western Records
Watch the video for Calls Your Name below

Interview by Siobhan
Photo by Ebru Yildiz via One Beat PR

7th April 2020

In Focus with Oriana Spadaro

Already several weeks into lockdown, photographer Oriana Spadaro is creating new experimental shots to temporarily take the place of her much loved music and events projects. Take a look at some of her recent and present work here…

‘My name is Oriana Spadaro and I am a 31-year-old amateur photographer based in Milan, Italy. I inherited the passion for photography from my father, who could not live without his Nikon camera dating back to the 70s. I was only a child when I first approached analog photography. First I used disposable cameras, then I received a proper one as a birthday present. I also used to take polaroids. Later on in the digital era I owned many compact cameras that I took with me on my trips.

Something changed a few years ago when I moved from the south of Italy to Milan. The city was so vibrant, inspiring and motivating. So I decided to begin to study photography because I wanted to achieve more technical consciousness.

In the meantime I started my collaboration with some music websites as a live music photographer. So I found the way to match my favorite things in life: music and photography. So it’s quite usual to find me in the pit when an indie band is playing in town!

Liam Gallagher, Locarno, July 2019

PUP, Milan, November 2019

The Darkness, Milan, February 2020

On my last trip in Dublin last October I took the best travel photos I have ever taken. Probably because I’m in love with the British/Irish culture, so everything around me was inspiring.

Dublin, October 2019

Lately I had the chance to test myself in fashion photography during the Milan Fashion week last February and I found out how much I like it.

Milan Fashion Week, February 2020

Now, due to the coronavirus emergency, all the gigs and events have been cancelled and all the world is stuck at home. I have a lot of time on my hands and I am trying to use it to experiment with creative photography and create personal projects representing the quarantine.

Quarantine Self Portraits, March 2020

In my view, photography allows the human being to give his personal interpretation of reality and express the beauty contained in his soul and his mind.’
“Beauty will save the world”.

All photos are taken and copyrighted by Oriana. If you would like to see more of her work and show some support through the isolation period, you can find and follow her on Instagram.

2nd April 2020