Luca Rapisarda is a Sicilian fashion photographer. ‘Backyard Anna’ shot with the team of creatives speaks about the merge of two ways of living that combine the peaceful element of nature and the avant-garde, extreme, unapologetic look allowed by the industrial city. The story is saturated with colors of the garden and inspiring styling including huge mask-like glasses, bold shape of the earings, and futuristic makeup.
The extreme low angle shots create a distance from the model that is bridged back by her strong personality and hypnotizing gaze. The greens of the trees in spring, the blues of the skies and the pool complement the colors of looks in each frame filling your breath with enjoyable sunny weather in a fashion story.
THIS STORY IS THE RESULT OF THE COMBINATION OF DIFFERENT CULTURES, COMING TOGETHER IN A BACKYARD OF A MIAMI HOUSE, LOCATED IN A PICTURESQUE FLORIDIAN NEIGHBOURHOOD. THE TRANQUILLITY OF THE PLACE, WHERE CHILDREN OFTEN PLAY, IS DISRUPTED BY AN AVANT-GARDE YET URBANISED LOOKING MODEL. I WANTED TO CREATE DISSONANCES; COMFORT WITH A FOREIGN ELEMENT.
Do you prefer to shoot outside or in the studio? What are the main differences for you when comparing those two types of approaches?
Shooting outdoors always gives you a chance to incorporate a specific atmosphere, that is often hard to replicate in the sterile ambient of a studio. You find yourself surrounded by pulsating inputs. It makes your idea evolve naturally and organically.
There is an absolutely beautiful mix of colors as greens and blues from the nature and stylistic choices of clothes and props saturated with shades of pink, violet, and orange. Tell about some styling decisions and decorations choices as the orange curtain.
The stylist wanted to mix colours, prints, and textures and wanted to focus on one colour per look. She focused on the beauty in the innocence of a young model growing in a crazy industry, hence the cautious safety and construction elements used throughout.
"WE WANTED TO HAVE A STRONG PRESENCE WITH A TOUCH OF NAIVE IN A PLACE FULL OF COLOURS, WITH RAW ELEMENTS".
The decision during casting is crucial to get a strong shooting filled with the reasons why and communication of the emotions predefined by the story. How do you approach casting talent for the shoot?
This model has very defined traits and a powerful look in the eyes. We wanted to have a strong presence with a touch of naive in a place full of colours, with raw elements. The eyes are defined by white sensual lines, and the lips are of a rebellious tone.
Most of the photos were taken from the low angle or extreme low angle when the model sit on the ladder. What was the main feeling you wanted to achieve with this technique?
I have an obsession with distortions and non-proportional representations of people. Looking at things from a very low angle, makes you see everything as if you were an ant. Suddenly it's an alien world where gigantism is the norm.