Scandebergs, is the creative duo of Stefano Colombini and Alberto Albanese who create sharp photographs of crisp portraiture and vast landscapes.
“Originally from Italy, we moved to London in 2011 and started helping each other on our individual photographic projects,” Stefano and Alberto tell It’s Nice That. “We soon realised we could join forces, prompted by a shared aesthetic sensibility and complementing skills.” Their varying creative background – Stefano studied Creative Direction while Alberto studied Fine Art and Photography – creates a breadth of work that mixes both disciplines into a style that has caught interest from Wonderland magazine, Fendi and Missoni.
When creating work, Scandebergs says: “We like to remember things the way we like them. This way is not necessarily the way things really are.” The result is a portfolio that represents authenticity, “but authenticity doesn’t necessarily need to be congruent with reality; a subject becomes more authentic the closer it gets to the idea we have of it”.
The strong narrative that runs throughout Scandebergs’ work is due to an appreciation and understanding of performance through photography. “Performance is an aspect very present in the images we produce, in the sense that they consume actions and construct fictional identities.” On the other hand, still images of landscapes provoke a separate narrative. “Landscapes also have a vital position within our work. The light laying on the same field during different hours of the day make the space one and many at the same time, opening up to possibility and abstraction.
“We try to depict spaces with no specific temporal and geographical coordinates. It is one of our main challenges as Scandebergs to be able to catch this sophisticated ever-changing presence.”
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