An original idea

While we have always been intrigued by the mystery surrounding the night sky, stars and planets, Italian digital artists Giuliano Antonio Lo Re and Matteo Gallinelli invite us to take a look at this distant world  through an unexpected lens. Using ordinary household frying pans, the graphic designers created celestial bodies for their project “Pan Planets.” Through the clever use of water, oils, paints, and other materials the series includes photos of the moon, sun and planets of the solar system. We wanted to discover more about this amazing project!

 

Details | Pan Planets

Details | Pan Planets

 

How was the collaboration between the two of you born and how has it developed?

We attended the same course in Art Direction at the Academy of Art and New Technologies in Rome! 
We immediately understood that we had similar ideas and the desire to develop new projects and learn new skills. We started to create some photographic projects combining all our ideas. Step by step we learned new and awesome softwares that allowed us to integrate 3D effects in our images!

 

Earth | Pan Planets

Earth | Pan Planets

 

How did you get the idea to use an ordinary frying pan to create photos of planets?

The first reason is that we needed a circular container to simulate the shape of the planets and we wanted to take the photos in an unusual way. The second reason is that at Giuliano’s home in Rome there were a lot of unused pans. That’s the reason!

 

Jupiter | Pan Planets

Jupiter | Pan Planets

 

Exactly what is the process involved in creating the pan planets?

Basically, like all of our projects, the final images become real after a period of brainstorming between us. We were not sure about the final results, but we wanted to create a photographic project using some strange material as we had done before with other projects. We decided to go into an art store and choose the stuff and materials we needed. When we were there the result we wanted to achieve finally became clear in our mind: create some celestial bodies using strange materials that would reproduce the texture of the planets and do all of it in a pan!

Do you plan on using this technique in the future for other projects?

We loved this way of making art and in future we will probably develop new and strange stuff using this technique!

 

Mars | Pan Planets

Mars | Pan Planets

 

If space travel were possible, of all the planets in your project, which interests you the most and would you want to visit?

Definitely the moon. There are probably other beautiful and distant planets, but only from the moon could you have a breathtaking view of the Earth. And then we would like to find out what’s on the dark side of it!

 

Moon | Pan Planets

Moon | Pan Planets

 

Aside from your passport, what makes you an “Italian” digital artists?

That’s a difficult question! We all know that this a field of work in which it is difficult to make yourself known and it’s even more so in Italy where it is often underestimated. What makes us Italians is that we’re aware of that difficulty and we know probably more than other people that to have a future you should never stop learning new stuff and improving your skills. We have always been a nation of artists, but that’s something many Italians forget.

 

Sun | Pan Planets

Sun | Pan Planets

 

Both of you have worked or lived abroad. Have these places influenced you style or the way you work as digital artists?
Yes, definitely.  The place where you live greatly influences directly or indirectly your own character and style. The fortune we have in our millennium is that we can easily get in touch with hundreds of artists from other countries and learn the techniques of people who live thousands of miles away from us.

 

You are two talented young guys, what do you expect from the future?

Basically, we think that at the moment we’re very happy to make images that people love and share. 
In the future we hope to continue to do what we love and to love what we do, with the expectation of producing spectacular images for important clients!

 

Uranus | Pan Planets

Uranus | Pan Planets

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