Lori Cicchini is an commercial fashion and creative portrait photographer based in Australia. Driven by her interests in the arts, Cicchini pursued formal studies in photography at CIT, completing a Bachelor of Photography in 2013. As an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers, Lori holds numerous awards including the AIPP ACT Emerging Photographer of the Year in 2014, and most recently, the 2015 ACT Portrait Photography of the Year and also the 2015 ACT Illustrative Photographer of the Year. Lori has been awarded the 2015 Emerging Australian Fashion/Editorial Photographer of the Year. She has also been a semi finalist in the Doug Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize in 2014 and won the Major Prize in the 2013 International Loupe Awards. Her work is often described as "dark art", emotive and narrative, some of which can be provoking, yet at the same time peaceful and beautiful. Whether it’s portraiture or fashion there seems to be an underlying thread of something mysterious going on, often inviting the viewer to look further into her images.
Lori’s interests clearly lie in creating storytelling portraiture whilst infusing it with fashion. Her current projects have allowed her to explore the endless possibilities of creating scenarios inspired by film and then visually transcribing it through her own eyes. When the weather permits, Cicchini also has an obsession with the water, a world she describes as "serene and ethereal". "Photographing fashion underwater is not about creating images that show the dress, but rather about creating something captivating". Cicchini is also interested in Fine Art nudes and the interaction of the human form in the landscape "I will never stop being a student of photography, I want to continue to absorb as much as my little brain can take, there is so much to learn about the world, both in life and in death, the opportunities to create are endless". Lori’s work has been seen at numerous group shows as well as her first solo exhibition late last year. A selection from her Fine Art Nude series “Human Nature” photographed in Tasmania was recently shown in two art galleries in Italy during June and July 2015. The last few months have proved to be a snowball sequence of events exposing her work both globally to audiences both in fashion and art.
Feature by Keran Look Loy