Finding inspiration in friendship, Italian photographer and designer Chiara Dondi crafts a mysterious yet beautiful photo story entitled Hand in Hand, Me in You. Shot using a Rolleicord loaded with 400 ISO Ilford medium format film, she created this set to celebrate her connection with two of her closest friends.
“I have a wonderful group of friends that I love to portray. In my mind, I can give them all my friendship by using film photography,” Chiara shared on the story behind these photos. “These two particular friends of mine, are so similar that they can be considered as two parts of the same thing. I love the harmony that you can feel while looking at these pictures.”
Fashioned in a strikingly minimalist style, these mostly monochrome portraits appear to explore and portray the unseen bond that forms when people find likeness in each other and come together. The hands make for an eerie imagery to illustrate this experience, yet it effectively represents the tendency of friends to hold on to each other.
As for Chiara herself, her fascination with film photography began with a 35mm camera used by her father, but she eventually found medium format to be more appealing. In the last seven years, she has also been pairing her love for film with her background in painting, which shows in the touches of color that she hand-painted on some of the photos for this set. Painting, along with music, are some of her sources of inspiration. Given her experience with film photography, she believes that because it makes people think and slow down, it has become a form of revolution against society’s need for everything to be immediate.
“Every photograph that gives you a sensation is effective,” Chiara said about what makes a shot compelling. With her intriguing portraits here, we have to agree that her set definitely is.
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