Friday, August 03, 2012
Photographer: Samantha Casolari
Posted by Maxine Harris
Samantha’s colourful photography is created using light leaks. Most often considered a problem in photographic circles, light leaks prove a dynamic tool enabling Samantha to create images innovative and vivid with colour. Models seem to disintegrate into the light, leaving two halves: one which is candid and present, and the other ethereal, aged, almost spiritual. It is the contrast of these two very separate, distinct photographic styles that gives Samantha’s work such an arresting quality.
Colour also seems to be used to reflect Samantha’s subjects. A group of young girls posing with “attitude” in the first image is represented by the vibrant urgency of blue and orange, contrasting colours on the colour wheel indicative of the fragmentation of teenage years. In the last image, a teacher with chalk to blackboard is re-imagined by a black-white contrast, as that blackboard seems to disintegrate into the encroaching white light.
Primarily, Samantha is a fashion photographer utlising her tools in both pre-and-post production to emphasise clothing, and it cannot be argued that Samantha’s clever use of light leaks provides that exact function. Clothes, especially in the first and second images above, are presented in the candid, clear half of the shot, whilst the models’ faces are slightly obscured by the orangey light leak reminding us of the anonymity of most models, their identity an unnecessary distraction from the clothing product on display.
Samantha’s work is full of dynamism, vibrancy and innovation- a true talent in the realm of photography.