Author: Carlo Irek
Photographers: Simon Barber Suzy Bennett Gabriele Croppi Luca Da Ros Colin Dutton Olimpio Fantuz Justin Foulkes Cesare Gerolimetto Carlo Irek Lisa Linder Nicolò Miana Marco Pavan Corrado Piccoli Maurizio Rellini Giovanni Simeone Jonathan Stead Richard Taylor Steve Vidler
Cover: Soft cover with elastic closure
Format: 10,5x18,5 cm, 144 pages, 100 gms, FSC certified paper, acid free (pH Neutral)
ISBN 978-88-99180-89-8 (Red Cover)
ISBN 978-88-99180-62-1 (Black Cover)
A compact and handy notebook, to be placed on the tea table to immerse yourself inLondon atmosphere.
The cover immediately takes us to London with its bold red color, like that of the telephone booths and double-decker buses, two symbols of the British capital and with the airy and regular font, the same that characterizes the signage of the London underground. In relief, on the lower part of the page, we find the stylized design of the classic Double Decker, as a representative icon of the city.
The Images, with unexpectedly bright colors, they manage to capture the essence of this city which, like all metropolises, has many faces and it is particularly interesting to see them interact with each other.
Leafing through the pages of this notebook it seems like walking through the London neighborhoods, you can almost analyze the red paint of the telephone booths or smile by comparing the austere uniforms of the Buckigham Palace guards with the transgressive clothing of the nostalgic of punk. The deeply rooted tradition ofEnglish style has met the contamination of other ethnic groups, and in the kaleidoscopic streets of Brick Lane we find all traces of it. The modern and frenetic atmosphere gives way to shop windows from other times where strictly handmade hats are sold.
The added value of this notebook are the anecdotes and curiosities which, between one photo and the next, stimulate reflections on English culture and tell a little bit of the history of the city in a nutshell.
This notebook satisfies the desire to have photographs by the author as a souvenir, but it is also an inspiration for more personal shots and to add, alongside images and writings, your own impressions of the English capital.
Who chooses this type of red is a person who recognizes the most energetic and passionate part of himself. This color speaks to people who are fighting for their rights, and who in doing so prove to be skilled speakers; they are not discouraged in the face of adversity and keep a firm eye on their aspirations and desires.
It is easy to think that you know everything about this color and know its symbologies, apparently quite intuitive: fire, passion, impulsiveness ...
In reality, red is perhaps the color that has changed its meaning the most over time: today, for example, we are used to associating it with passion - especially love - but in the Middle Ages, and in general in ancient times, it was the symbol of virginity and religious faith. . Initially obtained from the red dust of the earth, then from the poorest material that exists, over the centuries it has become the prerogative of royalty.
Red therefore teaches us not to be granite in our beliefs and to be able to recognize the most disparate shades that coexist within us. It is the color of anger, but also of love.
Above all, red pushes us to pay attention and to be focused: it is the point of color that iconically makes the telephone booths scattered around London recognizable or that rearranges and connects thoughts, the so-called fil rouge. Bringing some into your life helps you to be energetic and lively, while remaining with your feet firmly in the reality of things. It is a hymn to movement and an invitation to recognize the aspects of life in their being full of different shades: no thought or situation presents itself as a flat background of color delimited by sharp outlines.
Advise: Whenever you decide to color, it is good to get out of the margins a little!