I’m a photographer born and based in Italy and exactly in Milano. Images always attracted my eyes since I was a little child, every sort of image. I studied Political Science at the university in Milano and then I started working in advertising for some years until I decided to change and switch to photography. I’m always in a constant research concerning images and I’m always hungry about shooting, I normally shoot digital and 35mm film. My works are closer to realilty as much as possible and I try to give my shots a strong force , a way for me to underline beauty.
Can you talk about your style a bit? I noticed a lot of your photos are models are shot from straight-on against a blank background. It’s very effective in drawing the eyes to their expressions, but that’s just my take! I’d love to hear what your thoughts are.
You exactly get the point! I shoot my models on a white background most of the time in a face frontal shot, just to catch and underline their facial and eyes expressions in a very intimate way. When I shoot my models I normally play with them and try to set different situations of mood, but everything must be really close to reality as possible, I try to catch their feelings in every situation created. The models I choose and work with are really good in indentifying theirselves into a part and play a role, when we work together they act as like they are in a sort of minimal theatre so they perform with their gestures and expressions without any help from additional set design, it’s like a face to face direct encounter.
Do you find it difficult to get models to express themselves in front of a wall? How do you bring out the emotions in them?
I don’t find it difficult, it’s something natural, I really love to shoot ,It’s a spontaneous way to express myself. To bring out emotions we talk, we laugh, we have fun. I always try to make my models feeling relaxed and at home.
Do you have a favorite work? Why is it your favorite?
The last one is always my favorite, because it’s the nearest to my actual state of mind.
Who are some of your favorite artists/photographers/inspirations?
The Doors, The Beastie Boys, Dj Scilla (she’s a super dj from Milano, my hometown), Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Juergen Teller, Richard Avedon, Terry Richardson and many more.
What work do you do behind the scenes?
I’m an avid consumer of images every kind of images, so I’ll always research material to get inspiration.
Is this how you make your living? How does that work for you?
You know art is art, it’s like being on a roaller coaster!
What are your dreams/goals for the rest of your life?
In terms of work, always having fun doing my job.
Can you give some advice to the other artists in our society?
Just be yourself it’s the best way to express your ideas.
Photos by Fabrizio Raschetti // fabrizioraschetti.tumblr.com