Leonardo Dalessandri is the young Italian filmmaker and photographer who has put together ‘Watchtower Of Turkey’, one of the most beautiful, touching and engaging videos I’ve seen in years.
The video truly marries stills photography (through time-lapse and hyper-lapse) and motion together. It really elevates these individual components to be more than the sum of their separate parts. To date, 4.4million people have watched the video in the last 4 months, since it was released in October 2014.
Watchtower Over Turkey was shot over a month-long trip through Turkey, and took in the region of 40, twelve-hour days for post-production work. This was all a personal project that Leo committed to. Leo was totally self-motivated to see the project through from start to finish. Find a project you’ll be interested in, as you’ll be far more likely to finish it. His hard work and persistence on both this project and his previous Watchtower Of Morocco project demonstrate the commitment we all need to have to see projects through.
Clearly, Leo has a way of connecting with people. He tells his story of a place through other people – what he sees and observes, and through his interactions. Through these connections, his storytelling images come out. Leo clearly has an outlook on life that is open to learning and constant change. Photography and videography are ways for us to simply tell a story, sell a product, show an emotion, and other art forms can do the same. It’s important to look at more than just other photographers or filmmakers and find out which other artists inspire you, to work out why it is you get inspired by them and how they make you feel – then incorporate that into your work in whatever way you can. This is what leads to truly interesting, innovative and engaging work.
But let’s end here with a clear point. Without a clear idea of a committed approach to putting the essence of you into your work, being inspired by other artists, using gear effectively while not relying on it, and always looking to capture something in a new way,