In his new series “Chic Chicks“, photographer Dan Bannino worked with gorgeous Paduan chickens, fluffed up their oversized head crests like the big hair of the 1980s and shot them in highly stylized but flattering light. The effect is somewhat reminiscent of the ubiquitous Glamour Shots portraits that were popular at the same time.
Combining Old Masters’ chiaro-scuro technique and colourful lights, I’ve realised these human-like portraits starting from a color palette built keeping in mind each chicken feathers’ shades and producing a small studio-space inside the farm itself, using a grey wall as background and a surface on which, with the help of Andrea, I’ve placed our subjects. As I always like to do with my work, the aim of this series is to turn the audience’s attention over unusual themes. In this case chickens had been “hired” as models, underlining their beauty and showing the contrast between their exploitation and their extreme elegance.