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    INTRODUCING

    ALESSANDRO CASAGRANDE

    I was born in Caracas (Venezuela).  My family moved to Italy just after I  was born. I have only been back to South America just one time - I consider myself 100% Italian.

    AM: Where are you from?

    AC: I was born in Caracas (Venezuela).  My family moved to Italy just after I  was born. I have only been back to South America just once after my birth. I consider myself 100% Italian. I grew up in a small town on the sea side in the south of Italy. The perfect place to spend a childhood. Just an hour drive away from the town I grew up in, there is wonderful nature, mountains, and the sea. Also, the community in this town is very warm and inviting. 

    AM: What was your dream as a kid?

    AC: I never been consistent in my dreams. They changed almost daily. But for what I can remember, I have always had the same feeling that I do when I have a dream.  I think that I can consider this as the main detail for the process: the desire to communicate and express something.

    AM: How did you start taking photos professionally?

    AC: In Milan I had the chance to work in a fashion studio for a couple of years. Being in contact with different clients, working on various sets and in big productions. One thing lead to another, and after that experience I tried on my own. I then moved to London.

    AM: What are the things that inspire you the most?

    AC: I think light is what inspires me the most. It always surprises me with new emotions and beauty. Sunlight through the curtains is so intimate and warm. The light of the desert; with its strong shadows and bright colors. The sunset and the night, red and blue, with mystery and dreamy sensations.Light is what gives me the inspiration for every image I shoot. I believe that it can be interpreted by everyone in different ways and give us the chance to express ourself naturally.

    AM:What is the Importance of travel in your work?

    AC: It’s really important to travel for work or for pleasure. Thanks to photography, I’m constantly moving around and it charges me. It gives me new inputs for my creativity.

    AM: How would you define your photography?

    AC: I could define it as dreamy and nostalgic, but it’s not easy to give a definition. My images are constantly changing and reflect my state of mind. Lately I have become more careful and try to focus to represent inner feelings. I try to capture a world in a single image. My aesthetic evolved so much in this last year, that I dedicated the creation to my first book to it. I was documenting something so private, and it helped me to be more connected with my inner feelings. I tried to capture it with small details. This gave a huge impact on my way of  shooting. It also changed my way to represent and communicate my work.

    AM: What was the best memory you have taking photos?

    AC: There have been lot of good memories. One of my favorite it’s definitely from few summer ago. I spent July and August traveling through Italy. From the South to the North and into island of Sardinia. I had been in each place shooting for different projects. Some personal and some for work. It brought me the chance to visit again and discover hidden gems of my country. Spending a beautiful summer with the company of wonderful people.

    AM: What do you consciously look for when you take pictures?

    AC: The ambience and the atmosphere. What surrounds me and how everything is in balance.  It comes all so naturally. I’m pretty spontaneous when taking pictures.

    AM: What would you say is your great masterpiece?

    AC: Dentro, my book http://bighousediary.com/book/. It’s been shot during the first three years of my relationship, capturing the intimacy in its naturalness and purity.

    AM: What was your greatest adventure?

    AC: One of the best adventure was my first trip to Ukraine. It was a crazy journey there. Starting with a 5 hour flight, 9 hours on an old bus and then another 4 hours driving in a car in the middle of nowhere with high snow and no street lights. I traveled the East Side through small villages and cities. The best  part was discovering a new world so far from what I was used to. The heart of Ukraine left me speechless. The people, the culture and the Ukranian traditions are very beautiful.

    AM: What is your biggest dream right now?

    AC: This year, I launched my book, I also founded and released my magazine; Youth Journal http://www.youth-journal.com/. During the creation of the magazine I have been in contact with different artists and I loved to play a part in creative direction. I had the chance to connect and manage the different ways to express the main theme of youth. All this made me dream to work more often side by side with various artists and explore different concepts.

    AM: Any questions about your future?

    AC: I like to don’t ask anything. I want to enjoy in a daily process and what it brings. I’m happy about what the future brought it to me till now.