Visual Diary by Valentina Bacci

May 13

Photography is a field I got introduced into only a few years ago, but it quickly became one of my biggest passions. Through this tool, I was able to document genuine gestures, desolated and compacted environments which surround my everyday life. The best images become the most expressive ones, not only through the human body but also by its context with almost null interference. Each of these images maintains an inherent irony, which through a subtle dialogue between their respective objects, they are able to contrast and make a statement of documentation. Maybe it’s between two walls of the same building, one full of ornaments and another plain yellow, or between a wig which seems gently placed on the floor beside a bike’s lock.

What does your eye automatically stray to when you’re on the street?

I don’t think I put that much thought when I take the picture, I just try to photograph a situation with null interference. Capturing the essence of the location or person portrayed.

Whose work are you inspired by the most?

Mark Cohen. You can clearly perceive his outgoing personality, in his photography, while he penetrates the personal space by going up close.

However, Andrei Tarkovsky and Paolo Sorrentino are my biggest inspirations at the moment. They’re able to translate literature’s charm into cinematography while catalysing their melancholy.

Why film?

I take better pictures on analogue than digital. I know it sounds crazy, but when you have a limited amount of images to take you become more detailed and patient. You want every image to count!

Where’s the best place to shoot?

It’s hard to say, every country has something interesting to capture, but maybe Russia could be the country that answers the question best; the different colours and textures found in its culture feed into the images, and the faces reflect the rough circumstances that the country had and is facing.

I found amazing situations to shoot there, for example, the image with different plant-pots scattered over a room. That was at a gas station on the way from Moscow to St. Petersburg. My family and I didn’t understand why they were placed that way, I guess they were just making use of the unused space.

What advice would you have for someone who wants to shoot strangers?

Asking for a picture generally ruins 99% of the photographs, not only because people don’t like their picture to be taken, but also, the ones that do, tend to pose, smile, or make the v sign with their fingers.  So my advice is, which is maybe not great, don’t ask. Or if you do, just start the conversation with a handshake, people are generally disoriented when young people do that.

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