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Cultural Da Vinci Code: the Renaissance in Romina Ressia’s Works

Romina shares her opinion about the impact of classic art on photography, the point of entering a university and studying history of photography

Romina Ressia, age 33

A photographer from Buenos Aires whose primary education was in economics. She is a recipient of the Prix de la Photographie Paris 2014 and the Photo Annual 2014 Awards. Her pictures have been published in Vogue Italia, GUP Magazine and Lens Culture. Her main inspiration is people watching.

Idea

What inspired me to create my project “How Would Have It Been?” was the thought that all of us, people, can be nostalgic, despite the technologies at our hand and the benefits of civilization that are available to us. We miss the times when things used to be handmade and served us well for a long time. I asked myself a question: how those who lived in Medieval period would have felt if they lived in our day and age? The same way as do we, or perhaps differently? By incorporating the modern times and the Renaissance into a common theme I wanted to determine how we deal with “eternal” problems. The contemporary society is the center of this photo series.


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“alt”: “From «How Would Have It Been?» series”,
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“alt”: “From «How Would Have It Been?» series”,
“text”: “From «How Would Have It Been?» series”
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Every frame in “Renaissance Brushstrokes” was made one after another – in order to achieve the effect I utilized big painted windows. I didn’t draw anything over the prints and didn’t do any digital editing. I like classic art, its color scheme, its esthetics, its resistance to time. My favorite artists are Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt.

Education

My education in economics helped me earn money for the equipment I needed, and has taught me how to manage my own business. I don’t think you have to study photography academically, however you do need to study consistently in order to become an accomplished photographer.

I have always been interested in history of photography, it was my way to acquire visual literacy and to familiarize myself with some incredible art pieces. Many artists were self-taught. It’s nice to have the opportunity to study photography at a college, yet it’s not a must.


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“alt”: “From Ressia’s «What Do You Hide?» series”,
“text”: “From Ressia’s «What Do You Hide?» series”
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“alt”: “From Ressia’s «What Do You Hide?» series”,
“text”: “From Ressia’s «What Do You Hide?» series”
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“alt”: “From Ressia’s «What Do You Hide?» series”,
“text”: “From Ressia’s «What Do You Hide?» series”
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“alt”: “From Ressia’s «What Do You Hide?» series”,
“text”: “From Ressia’s «What Do You Hide?» series”
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“alt”: “From Ressia’s «What Do You Hide?» series”,
“text”: “From Ressia’s «What Do You Hide?» series”
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“alt”: “From Ressia’s «What Do You Hide?» series”,
“text”: “From Ressia’s «What Do You Hide?» series”
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Art and photography

It’s one thing to be well-known, and another to create priceless art pieces. Nowadays it’s rather easy to rise to fame thanks to the internet and social media, it’s just that popularity isn’t always connected to a presence of talent. Creating art is much harder than selling it. A piece of art should be exciting and thought provoking to a viewer. It should always create more questions than answers.


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“alt”: “From «The Renaissance Brushstrokes» series”,
“text”: “From «The Renaissance Brushstrokes» series”
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“alt”: “From «The Renaissance Brushstrokes» series”,
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“alt”: “From «The Renaissance Brushstrokes» series”,
“text”: “From «The Renaissance Brushstrokes» series”
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“alt”: “From «The Renaissance Brushstrokes» series”,
“text”: “From «The Renaissance Brushstrokes» series”
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“alt”: “From «The Renaissance Brushstrokes» series”,
“text”: “From «The Renaissance Brushstrokes» series”
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“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/romina_19.jpg”,
“alt”: “From «The Renaissance Cubisme» series”,
“text”: “From «The Renaissance Cubisme» series”
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“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/romina_20.jpg”,
“alt”: “From «The Renaissance Cubisme» series”,
“text”: “From «The Renaissance Cubisme» series”
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“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/romina_22.jpg”,
“alt”: “From «The Renaissance Cubisme» series”,
“text”: “From «The Renaissance Cubisme» series”
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“img”: “/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/romina_23.jpg”,
“alt”: “From «The Renaissance Cubisme» series”,
“text”: “From «The Renaissance Cubisme» series”
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Over the course of the last hundred years people developed more interest in art, and today photography is a popular genre. It seems to me that the doubts whether or not it would stand the test of time are now diminishing. Different countries have their own approach to the culture of experiencing art, however, it’s been actively developing overall.

I got lucky to have my works published in Vogue Italia and Lens Culture because of social media. I plan to relocate to New York City in the nearest future to pursue my dream of opening my own gallery.

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