by Luana Rigolli

I had never taken fashion photos, at least not until a few months ago.

Then one day, thanks to Phisique du Role, I started with the help of Erika Cavallini. I was given carte blanche and I decided to exploit this freedom to the full, even choosing a location that suited  my style. Can we speak about  freedom if we don’t exploit it to the full? And so I found myself in the Aeolian Islands, a constellation of small volcanic islands : they’re exactly  the type of island I like, and strictly out of season.

Small lava paradises where you can still feel the energy that comes straight from the centre of the earth, and that comes out in all its force taking on different forms, such as hot springs or magma.

I chose Stromboli for the black colour of its lava, and Lipari for the red and white colour of its pumice and kaolin quarries.

I was free to create, and so I gave vent to my freedom by choosing to play the part of the model myself, so as not to bind myself to anyone else, but only to my own inspiration. I was a photographer, a model and also a researcher, up and down the islands in search of locations. I collected elements on the ground, such as pieces of plants, abandoned objects, to include them in my shots. I let myself be inspired by the places I immersed myself in, pretending to be part of the landscape, wearing Phisique du Role garments.

The Aeolian Islands make up a wonderful archipelago: each island is different from the others, it has its own character and personality. I went in search of both like a vagabond, savouring their energy and finding new vitality.

Luana Rigolli @luanarigolli

From the website www.luanarigolli.it

I was born in Piacenza, Italy, in 1983. Now I live in Rome.

I studied Civil Engineering, but at the end of it I realized that I would prefer to tell what was around me, rather than to modify it with works of engineering. So I started to photograph stories with a particular focus on historical research and the interaction of man and landscape. 

I am a founding member of the “Dieci x Dieci Contemporary Photography Festival” that is held since 2015 in Gonzaga (Italy). In 2017 I’ve studied photojournalism at Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence with Collettivo Terraproject.

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