Hand in Hand with @benedettodemaio
For more from Benedetto’s hand series and studies in blue, follow @benedettodemaio on Instagram.
"I define myself first and foremost as a draftsman," states Milan art teacher and Instagrammer Benedetto Demaio (@benedettodemaio). “Drawing is my biggest passion. It’s what identifies me, what makes me alive—my oxygen.”
Benedetto’s photos are often marked by two themes that he holds very dear: his hands and a striking shade of turquoise blue.
As he explains, hands are precious symbols of crafting and making. “They interpret my daily life, express feelings and emotions and draw my thoughts in simple gestures. They move into a luminous non-space, play with objects around me, caressing colors. They live. I entrust them to my senses, all through them I explore my reality, I experience new visual languages and free my creativity. I use my hands to tell my story. They speak about me and for me.”
The turquoise, however, has its roots in his upbringing. He explains, “I live in Milan, but I was born in a village in southern Italy overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. The colors of the place where I grew up—the gradients of the rough sea, the shades of the sea bottom, the turquoise that characterizes my work—is an evocation of my origins, the feeling of belonging to a wonderful land, a place that formed me, my home. Inserting a touch of that tone in my work reassures me.”
Though he doesn’t consider himself a photographer, his love of the medium drew him into the Instagram community. “I like this virtual environment where we can draw inspiration and nurture creativity,” he shares. “Most of all, I like the simple way in which we interact with others with whom you share a common passion for photography.”
#WhoIFollow: @minnagilligan’s Psychedelic Playgrounds of Color
In the #WhoIFollow series, we ask Instagrammers to share their favorite people to follow. For more photos and videos from Minna and her favorites, follow @minnagilligan, @petrafcollins, @filmmefatales, @thefamilyacid and @beciorpin on Instagram.
Melbourne artist Minna Gilligan (@minnagilligan) sees Instagram as a personal gallery space where she can define her aesthetic and see her work in a fresh context. She describes her vibrant art as “psychedelic playgrounds of color,” which often feature characters from her collection of old books, objects and ephemera. “I like the idea of plucking people from a kind of cultural debris and then repurposing them into my own narratives.”
Minna, who frequently contributes to Rookie (@
rookiemag), an online publication for teen girls, says that she finds inspiration everywhere. “I love making up stories about the lives of objects before I found them. I remember encounters with people, relationships, friendships—all of these things fuel my work.”
Here are some of Minna’s favorite personal gallery spaces to visit on Instagram:
- Petra Collins (@petrafcollins) – “Petra Collins is a photographer who lives in New York. She also works for Rookie magazine with me, where we have collaborated on a number of collage series. I admire her as an artist immensely and am addicted to her magical Instagram feed.”
- Filmme Fatales (@filmmefatales) – “My friend Brodie Lancaster (who also writes for Rookie!) edits this zine about women in cinema. She’s just about to release issue #4. It is brilliant.”
- The Family Acid (@thefamilyacid) – “This Instagram account is amazing, they post scans of slide photography from the 1960s to the 1980s. The original photographs were taken by Roger Steffens and curated by his daughter Kate Steffens. My favourite photographs they post are from Vietnam in the 1960s. So, so fascinating.”
- Beci Orpin (@beciorpin) – “Beci Orpin is a designer, illustrator and author in Melbourne. Her work is fresh, sharp and fun, and I look forward to when she pops up on my Instagram feed, a guaranteed smile!”
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