Sunday, November 11, 2007
Last week my girlfriend & I took a drive across the border into Northern Italy. We visited Milan & the region around Lake Como.
These are sketches made around the magnificent Duomo & the piazza.
Here are a few shots I took around central Milan. I liked the vibrancy of the city mixed with old world elegance. Impressive architecture & as a capital of fashion there were many well dressed, chic looking Italians walking around.
Caught the David Lachapelle retrospective at the Palazzo Reale.
I've been a fan of Lachapelle's work since the mid-nineties when I first saw his incredible surreal pop-kitsch fashion photography. I love the garish colours & plastic textures in his shots & the bizarre compositions he sets up.
His latest work re-inteprets the Biblical deluge as a critique of the decline of values in modern consumer culture & our increasing dependance on material goods.
A couple years ago he designed eye-catching window displays for Selfridges deptartment store in London (above) & was of course responsible for the astonishing documentary film 'RIZE' about LA dance craze-krumping.
At Lake Como we visited the idyllic Villa Balbianello on the Western side of the lake opposite Bellagio.
It has been used as a location in films such as Ocean's 12, Casino Royale & Star Wars: Episode 2.
This image I found online shows how ILM artists digitally extended the villa for Star Wars.