The shots are soft, hazy, and comfortable, as if we’ve stumbled onto something private. Models Alexandra Marzella and Margherita Mine sport an almost indifferent gaze, like they’re going to lick each other, play with the shower head, and lounge in lingerie all day whether or not Mastrandreas is there with the camera. We’ve entered their world.
See what Mastrandreas says about the project here.
There’s something powerful about the feminine gaze that you’ve captured here. Where do you pull aesthetic inspiration from?
Mastrandreas - I like to spend time on Instagram to discover new artists. For example, I discovered Alexandra Marzella on Instagram, and I was very happy to shoot her because she really has a persona that I can capture in my photographs. There’s a lot of imagery on Instagram, and for me it’s very important to be aware of all these people who are creating content. I’m developing a documentary and making a series of photographs about Instagram and how people use it, which will be released soon.
But I’m super inspired by a vintage aesthetic, mostly 70s, and by Michelangelo Antonioni’s first American movie Zabriskie Point. I think about the raw love scene in the desert. I also think about Carlo Mollino’s polaroids which are so spontaneous and intimate. And David Lynch’s series, Nudes, where he explores sensual femininity. I’m inspired by contemporary photographers like Harley Weir or Petra Collins, who are working colors, textures, raw imagery or very staged images. I also like to explore the low-fi Internet aesthetic. It’s always in between something you can do yourself and something made in a professional way.