Poetic photography by Monia Merlo

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Poetic, dreamy and romantic. Do you love romantic pictures as much as we do? Then there’s a big chance some pictures by Monia Merlo can be found on one of your Pinterest boards. This Italian freelance photographer gets inspired by literature, poetry, nature and her inner feelings. And that really shows in her beautiful pictures.

Retromantisch monia merlo photography renaissanceMonia Merlo, from Renaissance

Between shadows and light
In her photography Monia can share her ideas of femininity. Fragile bodies with a milky skin give a feeling of melancholy and loneliness. Colour and light create a romantic, dreamlike atmosphere. The clair-obscur is important in her work and she prefers creating this effect with natural light.

Retromantisch monia merlo photography so full of dreams Erika Cavallini SS 2014 Elizabeth KinnearMonia Merlo, from Flowers All Around

Flowers everywhere
The photographer adores working with flowers and plants. Their fragile shape refers to the inner feelings of her protagonists. In her series Flowers All Around she states: “A garden is a space of silent contemplation, almost a sacred place. I like to think that the women of my photographs live in a ‘Secret Garden’ of their own, a protected and enclosed space, which we can only approach with care and patience.”

Vermeer, Margritte and Hammershøi
One of Monia’s biggest sources of inspiration is art. For example, when it comes to the use of light, she gets inspired by painters like Vermeer and Rembrandt. Soft and natural.

Retromantisch monia merlo photography like a paintingMonia Merlo, from Like A Painting

Also, she masters the art of creating an amazing photograph based on a certain painting. She proved this with her interpretation of Portrait of a Lady in Pink by Einar Jolin (1939) for The Green Gallery.

Retromantisch monia merlo photography green gallery philosophical beauty Portrait of a Lady in Pink Einar JolinMonia Merlo, from Philosophical Beauty

For her project The Poetry of Silence Monia payed special attention to the Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916). He portrayed women in neutral interios of a gray colour palette.

Retromantisch monia merlo photography Vilheml Hammershøi poetry of silenceVilheml Hammershøi

Hammershøi – like Merlo – often visualises the female figures from the back, which creates an introvert atmosphere. Merlo: “My figures do not contemplate the infinite as in the Romanticism, they do not look out of a window, we do not participate to their wonder. We can only observe them while they protect their intimacy, hiding their faces while they show us their unexhibited femininity, utterly indifferent to the fact of being observed…”

Digital collages
Monia enjoys translating paintings to photography. During the postproduction she plays with several compositions and adds some colour here and there. In this way amazing digital collages come to life. You can find some examples at her Artwork and her project Botanica.

Retromantisch monia merlo photography collage botanica artwork

In her own unique way, Monia Merlo portrays women in the current world, where fragility, loneliness and doubt are not always perceived as beauty. In line with some great artists before her, she elevates vulnerability to something aesthetic. This yields beautiful, dreamy photographs. Fallen in love yet? You can have a look at her work on her website moniamerlophotographer.com.

What do you think of these photographs?


  1. Sunday February 19th, 2017 / 11:06 AM

    Wauw, wat is haar stijl bijzonder mooi! Ik ben fan.

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