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The Mag: The title of your photo essay could be “A wet Florence”. How has living in that city been important for you? Did Florence inspire you?
Anna: ”In my pictures Florence appears as almost magical! It is a wondeful city, perfect in every color and smell… it is a source of inspiration no matter how you look at it.”
In this city I found many young photographers with the same kind of passion I have. Interacting with them I was able to grow as an artist. Here in my hometown of Città di Castello there is less competition, while in Florence I found many different artists, each one with their own style.
The work I am presenting in The Mag came to me almost by chance… I was walking in the street with a friend on a wet afternoon and I found a disposable camera on the ground.
The city was deserted and it seemed the perfect opportunity to record this unusual atmosphere.”
The Mag: You went to Florence to follow your dream of becoming a photographer, and now you are back home. What happend?
Anna: ”During my stay in Florence I was looking for something different from the place where I grew up. I found there, a lot of inspiration. I met many people… but let’s be realistic, living for a passion is not always easy, and to make that passion into a profession can be even harder.
My first attempt to thrive in the big city had to end, and now I am back in my hometown digesting all my experiences, the good and bad ones. I will continue to work in the places where I find myself.”
The Mag: How do you think Italian people perceive photography?
Anna: ”Photography is very underestimated here. The general thinking is that anybody can be a photographer, an artist, but obviously that is not true! Some people call themselves photographers and they don’t even know what the aperture does in a camera. It is a fact that technology allows anybody to use a camera, but for me photography is not a matter of academic education. It has to do with passion, commitment and most of all, creativity (something you cannot learn).”
The Mag: You are 22 years old. Are you thinking about a career as a professional photographer in Italy?
Anna: ”I already have a career as a photographer. Isn’t photography already my job?”
The Mag: We mean, would you consider getting another job and having photography as a hobby in your spare time?
Anna: ”I would take some other job so that I could support my work as a photographer if I determine that taking pictures and making art isn’t enough to make a living. But photography is my center of gravity, it always will be, whether I call it hobby, work ot passion.”
The Mag: Do you have any projects going on at the moment?
Anna: ”First of all, I am hoping that your new magazine and website (The Mag) will lead me toward new opportunities. Apart from this I am hopinng to finalize an idea I have been considering for a while. It has to do with children: I would like to give a group of kids some disposable cameras, just like the one I used in the Wet Florence project, and see what happens.”
The Mag: When we took your picture for the cover of The Mag you mentioned you are taking a trip to London. Are you looking for inspiration?
Anna: ”Well of course! I never travelled as a photographer before and it will be a totally new experience. Maybe when I come back we can talk about it…”