Massimo Vitali

i’m in love with these nostalgia-tinged beach  scenes from Italian photographer Massimo Vitali. though the pieces only date back to the 1980s and 90s, their muted tonality mixed with hyper-realistic color accents gives the collection a dreamy quality reminiscent of favorite vintage polaroids.

Vitali’s website quotes an article from a 2006 issue of October Magazine, which describes his beach panoramas as responses to “drastic political changes in Italy”:

Massimo started to observe his fellow countrymen carefully. He depicted a ‘sanitized, complacent view of Italian normalities,’ at the same time revealing the ‘inner conditions and disturbances of normality: its cosmetic fakery, sexual innuendo, commodified leisure, deluded sense of affluence, and rigid conformism.’

that all sounds terribly important, but mostly i just think these are nice to look at. it’s like being frozen in time during a superb moment of people watching. take from it what you will – there’s more to be had on Vitali’s site. or you can make me very jealous by adding the above to your personal colleciton via Orange.

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