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Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro

issue #29: remote summer

The postcard on Caleido by set designer Leandro Favaloro and his travel diary in equatorial Africa is the cover story of Issue #29, entitled: Remote summer. Welcome to Caleido, an inspirational diary, that narrates many stories: about creative people, trends, travels, objects. / Read the Editor’s letter here.

Diary of: @leandro_fa

Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
1. If you had to select some photographs to paste into your summer diary, called “Remote summer”, what would they be? Thinking back to when you took them, what struck you?

My idea of a diary of travel has changed a lot over time. Today I conceive “Remote summer” more as one continuous stream of images in which each photo, strictly taken with an iPhone, participates in the construction of the narrative of the atmosphere of the place I am in. It is a narrative of an emotional state rather than a geographical place, tied largely to the encounters I make. I did not want to share this intimate vision of travel for years but I am happy that it has taken this form today. Travel is part of my aesthetic quest in the world. In the most remote places, I investigate the most spontaneous and unconscious form of beauty, which complements the linked “designed” aesthetic dimension of my work as a set designer. So here a group of forgotten objects becomes an idea for a still life, the random overlapping of patterns becomes a suggestion for a color combination or special encounters become the occasion for a series of portraits.

Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
2. If you were now in that precise situation, and you had to send a postcard, to whom would you send it? What message would you write?

Definitely to my nephew Didi, already a fan of my travels. I would like that even as a child he gets used to seeing beauty even in the simplest things and that he grows up with the idea that diversity is what is most valuable; and that this generates an infinite variety of fantastic worlds.

Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
3. What is an object you would never part with (apart from your camera)? What emotions does it arouse in you?

As a set designer, I live and work surrounded by a large amount of objects, which is why I like to think that I can move without anything, as light as possible. From each travel, however, I take away something that adds to my collection of memories. In fact, my personal way of getting in touch with a culture is to go out and discover local handicrafts or everyday objects and through these preserve the memory of the experience.

Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Ph. Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro

Leandro Favaloro is a set designer and art director, born in Palermo, Sicily. After graduating in architecture from Milan Politecnico, he moved to Brazil where he worked for years as a photo editor and set designer for various magazines. Today he lives in Milan, where he collaborates with various institutional and independent publications and brands in the world of fashion and design. He is constantly traveling the world, looking for encounters and experiences that translate into new inspirations for his work.

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Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro
Caleido postcard by Leandro Favaloro

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