Saturday, October 26, 2013

Interview with photographer Chiara Baragatti

About you:
I’m Chiara Baragatti, I’m 33 years old. I live in Follonica, Tuscany-Italy.

What is it that attracts you the most of what you have around you? 
Many things: the everyday life, silence, people, the sea….Everything that attracts me!I try to establish a contact with each thing around me.
Tell us about your experience as  photographer what did it give you?
For me photography is a great way to express myself , I was lucky enough to have known photography in a dark room with some good friends, before university.
It was magic, a good sensation. I remember the dark, the red light, the rumor of the timer.
I didn’t think about the composition or a subject of a frame, but I was attracted by the method.
Then I decided to partecipate to a course of photography with Antonio Presta a great photographer.
I took part to a cultural association Fotoclub Follonica and now I have founded an other photographic association with my best friends that is Fonderie Fotografiche.
We organize workshops, exibitions, photographic travels with some important photographers and it represents for me a teaching and an inspiration.

Three adjectives to describe yourself.
Sincere, lover, creative

A film, a book and a song
A Film:  Amores Perros by Alejandro González Iñárritu
A book: Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo
A song : Desafinado by Joao Gilberto

What camera do you use?  lense?
I use a digital reflex Nikon D200 and an analogic Nikkorex. My favourite lense is a 20mm.

Tell about exhibition if you ‘ve had any.
I have partecipated in several collective exibitions: in my city Follonica, in Cascina and Bibbiena (Tuscany) in Milan and in Rome.

Do you sell prints? How do you make it and where can someone buy?
I accept orders by e-mail:

What was your most big success?
Practically, this is my first real project "In the bathroom" with which I won one first prize and admissions to photo contests and some publications in magazines, but what I consider my greatest success is to have a world around me of friends and people who love photography.

Favourite photographer.
It’s impossible to quote only one! My favourite photographers who inspire me are: Henry Cartier Bresson, Anna Di Prospero, Alexander Gronsky and Anni Leppälä and Gabriele Basilico.

Describe some of your projects
I wish always improve my sensibility for capture beautiful and particular moments of life around me.
For example my project “in the bathroom” began as autobiographical project that aims to describe one of the spheres of femininity.
They are self-portraits that clearly never reveal the identity of the subject.
This choice of non-identification allows each woman to identify with these images.
“Summer time” instead is the mirror of a summer lived during sunrise, at sunset, when everyone are still sleeping or are resting enjoying their holidays in peace.
And I look for my sea, my beach, places off the beaten track, timetables not noisy.
The lonely landscape is the protagonist, heated by beautiful lights.
Colorful and minimal instants, symbols of human presence: umbrellas, beach chairs.
“Bye Bye Summer” represents my city after the summer where entire neighborhoods are empty, the beach becomes deserted and autumn with its many colors and fragrances wipes out the noises and crowding, allowing it to restore calm and tranquility. Geometric rigor and seriality, a meeting with its own facilities, with core assets: form, space, line, surface to be an 'essential research.

Your main concept.
I don't really have a main concept, I try to create a contact with people, situations, sensations around me.

What is your occupation, job, interest besides photography.
I’m a Social Assistant and I like to travel, to listen to music and I love  so much being in the arms of my boyfriend.

Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a (professional) photographer?
I'm not a professional photographer, but I still believe that it is important to be yourself.

Your plans.
always be proud of me.

Chiara Baragatti

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