Los Angeles based photographer Guido Argentini was born in Florence and initially studied medicine before taking up his passion for photography. Devoting his life to this form of art, his work has been published in many of the world’s leading magazines, including the FHM, Playboy, GQ and Vogue. His latest project and book “Argentum” showcases athletic women fully coated in metallic glow paint, highlighting their powerful yet delicate bodies, which have been seemingly transformed into metallic statues. The use of geometric shapes such as triangles, circles and squares build a contrast to the agile and soft bodies of his models. “Evoking the luminous polished planes of the work of Brancusi and the verve of Degas’ ballet sketches, these photographs endow the human body with both the solidity of sculpture and the vivid energy of dance”, he says. For more information visit his website www.guidoargentini.com and check out the video below.
I always felt that photography was too close to reality. Painting and sculpture allow you to be more abstract when working with the human figure. My love for dance and for sculpture inspired this series of photographs. The watercolors of Rodin, sketches of dancers in very erotic and dynamic positions and the polished abstract bronzes of Brancusi were my strongest source of inspiration. In the pictures in this book, the skin, covered with silver paint, becomes an even, shiny surface and the human figure becomes more abstract.
To each image I gave a title, the name of a god or a goddess from different cults and religions, such as Greek, Egyptian, Celtic, and many more. This book is, once again, a tribute to women. With the ascendancy of monotheistic religions, the important roles and power that women had in antique cults disappeared. Goddesses, symbols of women, the creators of Life, have been banished completely from any current monotheistic religion. In attributing forgotten names of goddesses to the women in my photographs, I am, in a way, paying homage to their beauty as well as to their spirituality. Society has recently begun to feel that it is time to restore the values of THE SACRED FEMININE. The world has been controlled by male values for a long time. This has brought violence, war and the cult of materialism to humanity. The only way to save ourselves is to restore peace and love and to create a new world where spirituality will become the real value.
Whom do you look up to?
I never really looked up at one particular photographer. My inspiration comes from different sources and most of them are not even photography: paintings, sculptures and movies are my biggest inspiration.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
My grandfather Gino, some good school teachers and some friends have been shaping my early stages, but since a while I realized that the only true answers are always inside ourselves.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
What made you want to become a photographer?
Beauty started the fire inside me.
Quotes and Wisdoms
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
The truth will set you free, and not the truth outside yourself, but the
one that we always have when we come to this world and we often
forget along the way.
How do you define creativity?
Look at all that has been done and go beyond that.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what
would you tell him?
To be him/herself and not imitate anybody else.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
Giving up commercial photography to only do fine art.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
To have more patience with people and with yourself.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
All images © Guido Argentini
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