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 ...
Self taught painter and photographer, Johanna Stickland explores the beautiful contours and emotions in the body of a woman. She draws inspiration from living in an isolated environment, through emotions and conflicts, deep desires and her secret inner world, as well as everyday faces, nature, poetry, music and most importantly the human body and femininity.
Johanna, originally from Canada, lives in a small village in Portugal and paints full time. Her career began in modelling which quickly segued into jumping behind the camera. Fascinated by portraiture and the female form, this led her to painting. She works mostly with oil on canvas and watercolours on paper, sometimes experimenting with pencil and charcoal to capture her female subjects.
Explaining the intimate details of her paintings, Johanna told us, “Most of my works are based on pictures I have taken of others or casual self portraits I take in a quiet moment. I...
BVV: How would you describe your own photographic work/style?
HJ: I am an amateur at photography. I focus on daily life and the items that are related to me. I would not travel on purpose, in order to take a shot. Therefore, it is difficult for me describe my own style.
BVV: Let's talk about grain - what is it about the aesthetic of grainy shots that appeals to you?
HJ: Due to my major in fine arts, the first awareness of grain came from canvas. The strokes of toners on canvas are similar to the grains of black and white photos. This is a kind of texture for me.
BVV: You have a preference for black and white - is there a specific reason? Does working with colour hold any appeal to you?
HJ: I like colourful pictures as well. However, I am not good at taking colourful pictures. I tried this kind of style before, but it didn't work out very well. In addition, my topics are too normal. By black and whit...
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LIVING THE DREAM
Out in the desert, staging scenes from dreams, or just staring out the window of their picturesque home in Western Ukraine, photographers Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven – collectively known as Synchrodogs – draw their creative inspiration from nature. Dedicated to creating beautiful imagery – sometimes to the point of injury– their final results are ethereal, surreal and often playful. Here, we asked them about their work, their home country and their life philosophies.
THE LIFE OF LINA SCHEYNIUS
This former model-turned-photographer produces sublimely intimate portraits, rising to prominence after posting personal pics online. Using friends, family and herself as subjects, her images flirt with eroticism and banality in equal measures, creating an aesthetic some have dubbed “truth as fantasy.”