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Ombra Di Bianco: Photography and Paint Collide In Stunning Fashion Shoot | Luca Meneghel

By Hanssie on December 3rd 2014

Mixed media has become increasingly popular in recent memory, with artists from all genres combining talents to create unique offerings. From the mashup of timelapse and animation to pencil drawings and video, combining two art forms from either one very talented artist or a collaboration of two or more artists makes for something special. Just as a mashup of two seemingly different songs, strung together into one seamless melody, a mix of art, done correctly, often produces an inspiring work, such as the newest collaboration between Italian photographer, Luca Meneghel and artist, Norma Nardi.


Ombra Di Bianco, which in my limited Italian (actually is no Italian past the words ‘pizza’ and ‘gelato’) and Google translate, means roughly, “White Shadow,” is the latest from Meneghel and Nardi and other creative artists. The images offer a stunning set of fashion-inspired imagery mixed with dabs of paint that draws your eye to the model.


The photographs themselves are breathtakingly beautiful with Meneghel’s masterful use of colors; a subdued hue that begins at the bleak, cold, gray, concrete backdrop of Italy and is a theme woven into the costuming, makeup and props. Fashion blogger The Golden Diamonds is cast perfectly draped in dresses by Jessica Choay. The array of paint fits seamlessly into each photograph with the paint scheme subtly enhancing the image, adding a dream-like feel. The shadows, or ‘ombra’, are contrasted by the opposite, ‘bianco’ or white (the absence of color). A nod to the age old metaphor of a light in the darkness, if you will.

She wanders through the empty streets of London at night like a restless, but still beautiful ghost, a ‘white shadow.’

Dare I say, that this collaboration is the best yet from Meneghel and Nardi, as well as the entire team of artists and the model. Bravo and bellissima!!


I’ve never understood working “as an island.” Even in school, I enjoyed working in groups, even if inevitably, I was tasked with the majority of the work. But the energy that comes out of the bouncing off of ideas from our individual talents, working together toward a common goal, each contributing a piece of yourself to the final product, has always given me a rush. Collaboration has often inspired me to create more and has contributed to my growth as an artist. I encourage you to find some like-minded artists and work together on a project, whether it is a styled shoot or a mixed media project such as this.

photo: Luca Meneghel | drawings: Norma Nardi | model: Doina Ciobanu | beauty artist: Doina Ciobanu | fashion: Jessica Choay | assistant: Maria Bernardi, Fashionising

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To see more of Luca Meneghel’s work, check out his website here.

CREDITS: All photographs by Luca Meneghel are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. norman tesch

    i lke it

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  2. massimo malvestio

    Ombra di bianco = shadow of white. Anyway i agree with franco

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  3. robert s

    the muted colors doesnt do it for me. underexposed to my taste. theres ways to add drama and lower exposure. but its not by sliding the exposure button down.

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  5. Raoni Franco

    IMHO, great potential but poor execution.

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    • Pye

      I thought they are great IMHO. I don’t see why you would think they are poorly executed. The images are very interesting to look at, and it is a great concept.

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    • Raoni Franco

      The brush strokes don´t add anything to the kinda cheese photographs, which have been through some questionable post work. The strokes could have been used to really enhance the image, either by inducing moviment, abstraction, some kind of depht. The way it was done I only see blobs, like someone was testing brushes and paint mix with photoshop. IMHO, I think it takes a little more effort to merge photography and painting in a successfull piece, even more on a series.

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    • Hanssie

      I thought they were fantastic (clearly, since I featured it). I like the abstractness of the brush strokes and I loved the dark fashion feel to it. The lady in red is my favorite image.

      But of course, such is art. Much is open to interpretation, with each having their own opinions as to what should be done technically here and there and what should be done artistically. That is what makes art so great. Everyone can have an opinion about it and it’s neither right nor wrong :)

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    • Raoni Franco

      Sure! Just a tip: You can find really great photography projects on Behance. Click on Discover and select Photography on the Creative Field button. Have a nice day!

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    • Raoni Franco

      An example of good photography/painting merge, IMO. One of the pieces from this series by Flora Borsi was chosen to be on Photoshop CC opening screen.

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