Anatomy of a Photograph by Sandro Giordano

Photo: Antinea Radomska

Born in Rome on October 6th 1972. Sandro studied set design at the “Istituto per la Cinematografia e la Televisione Roberto Rossellini” in Rome.

Immediately after gra- duating he began working as a light and sound engineer in Roman theatres. In 1993, he studied acting in one of Rome’s best private schools and the following year he began his professional career as an actor with directors such as Luciano Melchionna and Giancarlo Cobelli on stage and Dario Argento, Davide Marengo, Carlo Verdone and again Melchionna on film. Since October 2013, Sandro has been entirely devo- ted to the photographic project IN EXTREMIS (bodies with no regret). [Official Website]

Can you explain us the idea or the story behind this image?

The title is __ANCORA SOBRIA (Still Sober). It is the sequel to one of the most iconic photos of my project: __SOBRIA (Sober). This photo is a tribute to the sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous”, one of my favorites of the 90s. The two funny main characters (two ladies), often drunk and under the influence of drugs, sometimes we saw them fall out of the car when the door opened.

And this is to me so hilarious. I think I have never laughed so much. Obviously my deepest intention is to invite people not to drive when you are drunk

Can you explain us what equipment you used for its realization?

The only technical equipment used for this photo was my Nikon D5500 with a simple AF-S DX 18- 105mm lens. About the light, I didn’t use the artificial ones. All it took was for the sun to disappear behind the clouds, and I was ready to shoot. I was very lucky that day, there was a beautiful natural light

Tell us how it is taken from the most technical aspect.

That day there were some big clouds moving fast. When I understood that one of them was going to cover the sun, I hurried to put the model in position and tidying up the props around her. After that I ran to get ready to shoot. During the shooting, one of the most important technical aspect is to be sure that the photo fits into a square. So, I continuosly rotate the camera, taking pictures horizontally and vertically, to be sure that everything is inside the frame in height and width. My other major concern is the light that can change at any moment. So, I always keep an eye on the exposure meter, careful to open and close the diaphragm if necessary

What problems and challenges did you face when you took the shot of this image?

For this sequel I wanted the position of the Fiat 500, the model’s body, the angle from where I shot, were exactly the same as the first picture (__SOBRIA). I believe this was the biggest challenge, together with another challenge: the fight against time.
Another very complicated aspect concerns Adelaide Di Bitonto (the queen of falls), the model. As I said before, the first to take the position was her, immediately after I began to arrange the props, and this took a few minutes. She could not hold that position for more than ten minutes and I had to hurry up and set up the scene, and then start shooting

We are talking about the postproduction process. How do you get the final result?

For this photo the post production work was really low. I simply saturated the color a little bit. I use Photoshop very little, just a few small tweaks occasionally.
I like to show the truth, the naked and raw world as we live it… Certainly colorful, but never created on the computer


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