Eye On: Samantha Casolari

Avant/Garde Diaries
Jan 28, 2013 11:03PM

Samantha Casolari’s evocative and otherworldly images can be found in the pages of Bullett, Dossier Journal, L’Uomo Vogue, T Magazine, and Vanity Fair. The Italian native now lives and works in New York where her imagination is continuously stoked by the city’s relentless energy.

Your work is so dreamy. Are you inspired by the ethereal? 
Yes I am. I am mostly inspired by daydreaming, and by losing yourself in thoughts and the stream of consciousness of someone's mind. I am inspired by unfinished things, evocative subjects, emotions, and waking suggestions. Everything that is abstract attracts and inspires me.

Do you have a preferred subject matter to photograph? Not really. I love shooting people, especially portraits. It is also one of the things that scares me the most as it is such an intimate gesture and process to be taking someone's picture. You enter a person's individual space, and most of the time that person is a stranger with his own barrier, which you have to go through if you want a truthful portrait. You have to be incredibly careful and delicate in doing so.

Have you found a way to bridge your studies in political science and your love for photography?  
When I first dedicated myself completely to photography a few years ago, my main focus was reportage and human-interest stories, things that were very close and related to what I studied in school. Now I have expanded my focus as well as my interests, and my photography has become more creative and experimental.  Experimental techniques are a bit more difficult to apply in reportage, but I still want to keep doing stories like that in the future. 

Read the rest of the interview and view more of Samantha's photos HERE.

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