Cover Story: Springs in London


Photographer: Francesco Rocchi
Model: Aline Castilia
Model: Harriet Russell
Model: Paule Mellado
Fashion Designer: Lisa Mc Cabe

Francesco Rocchi is an Italian photographer born in Ravenna. After the high school he moved to Milan and started to work as fashion photographer. During this period he increased his practise working with several stylists and agencies. After the graduation in Psychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca he decided to go to London, where he is attending the Master of Photography course at the Kingston University. In his work there are many references to classicism and history of pictorial art, both the lighting schemes and compositions have a strong Renaissance told while themes are inspired by Italian neo-classicism. 

In this series we see three female figures represented as nymphs in a modern city, a metaphor for the spring coming in a world of iron and glass, not as a fought but a mutual elevation. This work is focused on the contrast between the city and the fairy dresses that is not a real contrast, it is an harmonious union. We tried to merge the London modern skyline with the idea of the spring as a reborn of light, strength and passion. The result is a romantic story about the city itself and how the people perceive it in this particular period of the year. The location, the Tate Modern Gallery, is not only one of the greatest symbols of this city but also a place of culture and art where modernity meets tradition and futuristic architectures meet nature; this is why I included strong references to classic era, in particular to the Greek sculpture and mythology, for valorise the elegance of the models and recall the idea of eternity related to this gallery. The creations of the Fashion Designer (Nor Lisa) go well with the idea of a natural elegance inside the modern city, the dresses are statuary but soft in the wind that is generated between the skyscrapers of the city; they seem to bring a new warm light in the in the artificial world still numb for the long winter.