Featured Paul FreemanLearn about the challenges and issues of shooting the male figure when we talk with world famous photographer Paul Freeman about Italian art, photography and more.

Topics we cover:

  • Freeman’s shoots here at the villa on his first trip and this current trip
  • Why the villa reminds Freeman of the film The Leopard (English Sub-titles)
  • The theme of a lot of Freeman’s work of shooting the male nude within rustic blue-collar settings
  • Why Freeman thinks every good photo should tell a story
  • Why dumpster diving is not the same in Italy as it is anywhere else and the treasures Paul finds in the “trash”
  • The difference Paul finds in Italian models v. Australian models
  • What Freeman says to people when they say “what you do is just pornography”
  • The surprising way Italian women approached Freeman’s books
  • Why Paul believes the study of art developed these womens’ point of view
  • The difference in use of sex in American advertising and European advertising
  • The use of the male figure v. the female figure in advertising
  • Our take on the new Dad Bod trend
  • Our discussion on the first famous Calvin Klein underwear ad
  • Freeman’s take on models with tattoos and why they shouldn’t have them
  • Paul’s story on where tattoos, especially of religious figures, come from
  • The origin of the hoop earring
  • What’s next for Freeman
  • Freeman’s story and advice on self-publishing
  • The issue Freeman had in finding a publisher that would print the male nude
  • Freeman’s stress with the future of printing v. digital
  • Why Paul got rid of his collection of art books when we moved to Italy
  • Why Freeman puts a timelessness into his photos

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Some of Paul’s pics from Villa Cappelli and the surrounding countryside

From Paul's most recent shoot.
From Paul’s most recent shoot.
From Paul's most recent shoot.
Another from his most recent shoot.
Villa Cappelli Photo shoot
Paul shooting Francesco at the Villa’s pool.

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