Diptychs of People and Their Dream Living Locations

Martino, iOS programmer. He is a dear friend, I met him at University. Sometimes he stoles my camera and takes strange pictures. His dreamland is Amsterdam.

Dreamland is a series of diptychs by Italian photographer Francesca Guadagnini that’s based around the simple question “where would you like to live?”. Guadagnini shot portraits of the subjects and then photos of their answers as well, creating images that offer a small peek into the brain and personality of each person.

Giulia, pharmacy student. She and Marco are the loveliest couple I've ever met. I met her thanks to her boyfriend, who is a drummer. Her dreamland is Sydney.

Michele, Foursquare superuser and Apple reseller. I met him at University, he was the first person I talked with. He is the most quiet person I've ever met. His dreamland is Iceland.

Carolina, degree in ichthyology. We were in the same high school but never talked to each other. She is a theater actress and a funny person. Her dreamland is Norway.

Tommaso, law student. I met him thanks to a magazine where we worked together. He is my boyfriend and I never know what to gift him for birthday. His dreamland is to rebuild his city after the earthquake.

Image credits: Photographs by Francesca Guadagnini

  • will hall

    meh. nice idea, dull execution

  • Donovan Rekanize Fannon

    All the dreamland photographs are hers as well?

  • Guest

    you are a dick will hall.  where’s your project huh?  tired of people passing judgement
    on others work without the substance to back it up.

  • Francesca Guadagnini

    yep, they’re mine too :)

  • Donovan Rekanize Fannon

    It’s absurd to think the only people that are allowed to observe and react to art are other active artists.

    I’m still curious as to how the artist took all the “dreamland” images. I’m not saying she didn’t take them herself, but they are all such different interpretations of the landscape, and while the portraits are relatively uniform, it just makes me wonder.

  • Donovan Rekanize Fannon

    Well, thanks for the answer!

  • Francesca Guadagnini

    thank you for your answer, i really appreciate :)) i know there will always be someone judging just for fun.

  • Francesca Guadagnini

    you’re welcome!
    you’re right, the “dreamland” images are all very different, but there is a reason: i have taken some photographs years ago, others more recently, so maybe my stile was still changing :)

  • t_linn

    Nice, Francesca.  Very interesting idea.  Which is Tomasso’s city?

  • Francesca Guadagnini

    Tommaso’s city is L’Aquila, in Italy :)

  • Damianmonsivais

    good idea but execution could be better….. its all about execution

  • will hall

     Since you’ve joined in the conversation I’ll be a little more specific in my feedback. The primary reason that i find the images to miss the mark is that the portraits and the dreamlands are just plonked next to each other, only related by the snippit of text beneath. Wouldnt it be a little nicer to have some interaction between the photos, such as shooting the subject in their dreamland or putting an element of the dreamland into the portrait somehow. Just to get something so that a viewer knows that there’s a link (and maybe even gets some idea of what the link is) between the two images without having to read the text

  • Francesca Guadagnini

    Thank you for your feedback.
    I couldn’t shoot my friends physically in their dreamland because I visited all the places on my own during the past 4-5 years, pictures are my travel photographs so it was impossible to organize something like 8 trips in one month with ALL my friends…  or, maybe your idea would have been possible only through a photomanipulation (paste their figure into a landscape? mmmmm), and this wasn’t my original idea.The second thing is that in my mind the idea was different from yours.I thought about a simple portrait near the photo of a location, in order to create a sort of game like: can you guess who’d like to live in iceland? who in Sydney? and so on.. A link between the portraits and the landscapes could have been nice too, but I didn’t think it in that way.the caption of course helps a lot the connection between portraits and landscapes, and it is there precisely for that reason.

  • yummania

    nice idea