Photographer Loredana Mantello


Not being able to express her thoughts through writing or painting, photography was the only way Bahraini based Loredana could exhibit her state of mind and her  emotions. It all started when she was in her 20s and had gone to Boston, USA, to work as an assistant in a dark room laboratory. It was then that she discovered her real passion and desire for photography.



It was only in 2002, when I moved to Saudi Arabia with my family, that I took up photography as a profession. It was there that inspired me to start my own photography project; documenting something that was completely new to me, yet fascinating - The Veiled Women. After depicting it through my own eyes and artistic lens, I had it exhibited in Italy, Riyadh, VCU University of Qatar, at the Riwaq Gallery in Bahrain and many others.  After experimenting with different projects, I soon discovered that wedding photography was the area I mainly wanted to pursue; my photographic skills and eye for creativity and beauty, opened doors allowing me to capture the most beautiful royal weddings in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. I also had great interest in fine art photography and therefore I studied Caravaggio, a 17th Century Italian painter who created new revolutionary painting techniques with deep contrasts of light and dark that give majesty and harmony to the subjects. And these are  the same effects I have used for my latest body of work showcased here called Chiaroscuro, a homage to Caravaggio. These images are produced in a completely dark room where an external source of light is ‘painted on’ in the similar manner to which the artist applies paint with his brush.


In some of the composition I have used  animals, not as a sombre reproduction of something lifeless, rather its an attempt to freeze a moment in the passage of life, a celebration of my love of life, nature and colours. I also used fruit in my composition, and fruit was part of a rich visual language in Renaissance paintings for example; pomegranate symbolizes eternal life, divine prosperity. Also  feathers were one of my favourite in the composition, to represent the power of air and wind symbolic of freedom and inspiration. Three of these photos were already showcased in the 44th Annual Art Exhibition in Bahrain, and a solo exhibition is planned in Italy in September and in Bahrain in winter.


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Loredana Mantello
Tel: +973 3905 4656
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