Feb 20, 2020
Valeria is an Italian photographer who enjoys portraiture and photographing daily moments in an honest and uncomplicated way. In her series 'In the Rooms', Valeria shows a collection of intimate portraits where the sitters are located in their own rooms, giving us access to their private lives and depicting some of their feelings. A piece of work that challenges our own private lives and makes us think about what we show and what we hide to the others.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
VD - Hello, I'm Valeria Dellisanti, 24 years old and film photographer from Italy. I studied art and cinema.
am - How did you start in photography?
VD - Quite quickly I understood I had a real love for photography. I started photographing every day when I was 18. At the beginning I experimented with many means: mobile phone, Polaroid, digital camera. Today I've understood that the medium that helps me better represent my aesthetics is analog photography.
am - What inspires your work?
VD - I try to capture spontaneous images that speak of real life, like my project "In the Rooms". Lately I have been doing many portraits, I love to capture people's eyes. My approach to photography is instinctive and spontaneous so I create simple and intimate images. Usually I shoot with a Canon AE1 on Kodak film and I hardly ever edit the photos.
am - What is 'In the Rooms' about?
VD - This project started in 2017. Our rooms are where we're most intimate. They're what we create for ourselves to live in, they show who we are, they are a piece of us.
This intersection between poetry and documentation sheds light on the problematic nature of apparently ordinary things. By immersing me and the sitter in a private space, which is aesthetically charged and culturally specific, I allowed myself to experiment with my personality and confront myself with others.
am - How did you come with the idea to make this project?
VD - Like every art student and artist I love the body, I try to represent a less standardized beauty starting with myself by making self-portraits.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
VD - I have many favourite photographers, but lately I'm in love with Lina Scheynius' work.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
VD - My favourite photography book is "The Ballad of sexual dependency" by Nan Goldin.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
All images © Valeria Dellisanti