As I said, to me you seem like a wanderer between two worlds – the commercial & fashion world and the art & documentary world. Or am I wrong here? Did you ever have the feeling to decide between those photographic subjects?
I started as artist and documentary photographer and it worked very well soon. I was straight away exhibiting around the world my work. Soon I understood that to grow as an artist I needed also to face reality and commercials clients. I am self-taught photographer and I took the commercial way to push myself further and learn more and more about this world.
At Container Love we presented your series SIMONE. We were so in love when we first saw those perfect pictures of this perfect guy. Are there any people or influences that inspired you? Like the Greek ancient for example…
Everything about Simone reminds me of a greek statue from the 5th century B.C. I imagined all the pictures before to take them, they were all in my head since few years and I finally put them out. I followed any single aspect of the story, I was even the stylist for it. I didn’t want to include many collaborators not to risk to change my vision at all.
Container Love’s mission is to highlight the beauty in diversity, to change points of view, and stand up for more tolerance with the help of pictures and basses. Which part reminds you of yourself?
I was born anti-racist and very tolerant. I traveled around the world for long, living in different countries. I wanted to understand what I really am and how I’m conditioned by my culture. Its very hard to take confidence about your own culture and really understand it. Beauty is the main foundation of my photography, mainly the beauty of diversity intended as different cultures. One of my photographic series is called Coziness and is about people in their homes, mainly traditional huts in rural Africa. If you are born in a hut, that is the environment you are happy in and cozy. Very hard to understand and believe for western persons.
What is your dream or goal in relation to your artistic work? Or let me ask you differently: Do you have a vision of you, being old and gray and wise …?
I was lucky enough the realise a lot of my dreams in my professional life. I think I should start and do more video as a director, that was my original talent, before than photography. It’s also about time to release my new art projects, I have few of them almost ready to be out. Talking about commercial work my only dream would be to take pictures of Michael Jackson for an album, but I guess now its too late, I was lucky enough to meet him few times, so I guess this is fair enough .
What can we expect from you next?
I hope my new contemporary art exhibition will be out soon. I’m working on it since early 2012, so it should be about time to release it. The inspiration is greek art, human bodies creating a new language.
Thank you for the interview, Manuel.
Manuel Scrima: My pleasure.
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