Second interview, this time it’s the turn of Dania, a young photographer of the Northern Italy, let’s hear what she has to say.
- Remember your first picture?
It was a self-portrait, almost seven years ago. Standing out a white wall, with bare shoulders and hair covering my face.
- What was your first camera?
The first camera I had was a Nikon D40x.
- If there wasn’t photography in your life, where would you be now?
I can’t imagine how it could be to live without that magic “knot in my stomach” I feel every time I need to realize images or visions that I have in my head. I’d probably be where I am now, with far fewer dreams.
- Choose one of your photos and tell us the story behind it.
This is a picture (the first of the gallery) that I’m closely linked to, and was taken last year on a cold November afternoon. I wanted to recreate a noir atmosphere, like old Hitchcock movies, where the mysterious and impenetrable gaze of this young woman appears to be the “punctum” of the portrait.
- Tell me who was one of your masters and the name of a photographer to follow on your advice.
I have always loved to madness the works of Izima Kaoru, Hakif Hakan, Eugenio Recuenco, Bruno Dayan, Mario Testino … Lately, I also fell in love with the photography by Fabrice Mabillot, Monique Bagalova, Lara Jade, Brandon Witzel. Without looking out of Italy, if I really had to recommend a great photographer, whom I respect immensely and I have always been excited and inspired, I would make the name of Federico Erra
. His female portraits are some of the most beautiful and intense I’ve ever seen.
A necessary clarification: the images below are adapted to the layout of the website, so they may differ in cut and quality to the original photographs.