SOMETIMES BEAUTY NEEDS TO SPEAK FOR ITSELF. IT DOESN'T NEED MANY WORDS TO BE DESCRIBED. WHETHER IT IS ART, ARCHITECTURE OR PEOPLE. JUST LOOKING AT IT CAN TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY. AND THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO RECOGNIZE WHAT TRUE BEAUTY IS ABOUT.
Rome wasn't built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour. It's a famous saying with a clear meaning, but it is also a truth. There is archaeological evidence of human occupation of the Rome area from approximately 14,000 years ago, but, according to myth and legend, the first real settlement didn't happen until 753 BC. We are talking of course of the famous story of Romulus and Remus, the tin brothers raised by a wolf and who are supposed to have stand at the beginning of Roman civilization.
No other city in history speaks to the imagination as Rome does. Again, Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither are the legends and historical stories that built the rich history of this cradle of western civilization. That have given Rome the nickname of the Eternal City. One of the most beautiful and most visited cities in the world, Rome still speaks to the imagination of millions, even though the city is far from what it was in its imperial glory days. The Piazza Navona and the Circus Maximus, the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum, the Villa Borghese and the Forum Romanum. Rome is a collection of monuments and artefacts, real time reminders of a glorious past. And all together they have given us an image of this wonderful city, in which we easily forget that no civilization that ever inhabited Rome ever saw the ancient city as we do.
Once Rome was a city of power. The siege of a glorious empire, which, even far from being the biggest empire on earth ever, was the mother of all empires, with an advancement in politics, military strategies and social innovations as was never seen before. Which left traces all over Europe that we can still see today. And so are we crazy when we say that what come from Rome was grounded in beauty. Rooted in artistry and refinement? No, we are not. Antonello Ariele Martone proofs it. And so does Manuel Castellani.
Antonello Ariele Martone is a name that already sounds like music to ones ears. Antonello is 35 years old and lives and works in the beautiful city of Rome. He makes a living as graphic designer, video maker and photographer in which character we present him here today. Antonello graduated in architecture after which he started to have interest in graphic design and photography. Today he works closely together with his partner, a photographer known as "photographer of the stars" in Italy and they are active in all field of art, fashion and entertainment.
Manuel Casellani is only 19 years old but what a beauty he is. Can he be anything else, being a Roma citizen. He studied computer science and occasionally works as model around Italy. The modeling world opened for him after he participated to the Mister Fotogenia Italy 2014 contest, which he – of course – won. It was a sign for photo artists to start ligning up in order to work with him. Giacomo Prestigiacomo, one of Italy's famous photographers, was one of the first to shoot an editorial with Manuel in the eternal city and obviously also Antonello Ariel Martone is one of those who was able to get this young sucesful model in front of his camera. Sometimes beauty needs to speak for itself, so we won't start describing the excellence in the portraits shot by Antonello. We let you be the judge of that. But let me end by saying that no matter how we see Manuel, either in black and white, on dark background or crisp and clean, he seems to be the personification of Roman beauty. Eternally. –BM-
ANTONELLO ARIELE MARTONE | BEAUTIFULMAG
MANUEL CASELLANI | BEAUTIFULMAG