Room 322 Project by Francesco Ridolfi

Room 322 is a fine art project by Francesco Ridolfi, an Italian photographer working between Italy and Belgium. “The airy luminosity of an ethereal space, aseptic and suspended, contrasts with the stolidity of these bodies – less than perfect in their awkward and authentic humanness. Statically present, the hotel room preserves its non-connection to sundry turn-taking occupants: its stillness heightens the tension they feel inside, which rips itself free of these contentless surroundings. Thus, from the bottom of a bathtub, contrasting perceptions emerge: appearance and reality, restlessness holding itself still, past within present; authenticity within fiction.” Enjoy!

Real-Life Versions of Chess Pieces

Italian portrait photographer Francesco Ridolfi created Chess Portraits fine art series. He shot the same models in contrasting white and black outfits as a “set of archetypes that convey different aspects of human nature”. It took nine months to realise the project, including researching the right period costume for each of the twelve characters. Mr Ridolfi said: “I have always been fascinated about Chess. When I was a child, my father taught me the rules of the game and we used to play together. That said, I’m certainly not an expert on it, but still today I love to play chess with friends. So, probably this is the roots of the whole idea.” Take a look!