I’m not going to go on about Paolo Roversi for too long but writing about Chadwick Tyler I suddenly became aware of the fact that the work of both photographers shares the same frenzied emotional temperature. Roversi tightly focuses on subjects demonstrating surprising human dynamism. He finds movement in the attentive and demanding intensities of his models who seem entirely committed to him. The photographer has resisted contemporary fashion language and directions to establish his own process of representation, rooted in history and 19th century images. His standards, with its own set of unquestionable rules, are extremely different to what we see in magazines today. What I love about his work is that he always seems to be playing with the strengths of his models, rather than trying to impose ideas on them. His approach is one of collaboration. His attitude is to accommodate the subjects to achieve a perfect moment and mood overlapping with the raw emotion of the model showing her inner essence. I don’t think that there are many photographers today who can so perfectly capture elements of a personality. His imagery is intriguing and enchanting, with an intensity reminiscent to romantic portrait painters. His subdued palette and hushed faded tones serve to highlight the beauty and pure emotions of the models. I look at his pictures and always think of powerful historical apparitions, ghosts of passed times in a world of contemporary fashion. I’m curious to know what you all think of his work!
If you liked the Chadwick photos I posted here yesterday, go to www.behindtiberius.com for more information. Thank you, JB!
All pictures: The Fashion Spot