Giovanni's work pivots primarily around a constant investigation of the perennial conflict between purity and the decadence of human existence.
His work is particularly appreciated for his unique ability to create images that convey intense emotions, whether in figurative or in apparently inanimate subjects.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHERE YOU COME FROM AND WHO WERE YOUR GREATEST ARTISTS PHOTOGRAPHIC INSPIRATIONS?
I come from Pratola Peligna a small place in the Abruzzo region. I discovered the LOVE for photography on the day of my 20th birthday when I picked up my friend’s camera. I remember that I thought: “THIS WILL BE MY LIFE”. Twenty years ago I came to Milan and I started to work as a photographer. I was really lucky because from the beginning I’ve worked with very important people. I hadn’t met artists who inspired me in some particular ways because every person that come across is someone who inspires me, life itself inspires me.
HOW WAS YOUR PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY BORN?
As I said I discovered my passion on the day of my twentieth birthday. Photography allows me to travel in my heart and in my mind and it is absolutely fantastic. Also, photography allows me to meet many artists and share with them emotions, words, fragrances and feelings. I THANK LIFE EVERYDAY FOR MAKING ME THIS PRESENT.
IN WHAT SENSE DO YOU WANT TO ADDRESS YOURS VIEWERS WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART DIRECTION
I like taking people into my inner world in which there is silence, simplicity but also expression and feelings. I don’t like strong colors or chaos. I love cleansing my subjects, my photographic sets, I love working with unicity and putting my soul in what I do. My shoots are like a meeting between souls and emotions in which one gives himself to the other, without any limits, boundaries or fears.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY IS VERY MUCH IN BODY POSITIVITY & ACCEPTANCE. IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR THOUGHT PROCESS THAT INSPIRES YOU TO CLICK THESE SHOOTS?
The fact that each person from every continent or country is looking for the same things like: peace, happiness, joy, health, richness, love and so on, it is something that fascinates and inspires me. This kind of philosophy allows me to explore and collect the dignity of life that everyone of us is living. In my photography I try to represent the HUMAN BEING’S BEAUTY WHICH IS HIDDEN UNDER AND WITHIN EVERYBODY’S SKIN.
THE TOPIC OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY ARE MAINLY ART, FASHION AND NEW EXPERIENCES. WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT THIS IN THE MODERN WORLD?
Modern world is more complex than what they want to show. Schemes are no follows, everyone wants to do and think to do everything simply because technology allows many things. THIS IS WHAT TV SAYS WITH CONTEST TALENT: IS NOT ENOUGH HAVING A GREAT VOICE TO BE A GREAT SINGER. Unfortunately or fortunately the world of ART (MUSIC, PAINTING, SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY) is not done by technology but by skills, competencies, talents and many humbleness and heart. Everyone was born with a particular talent, the most difficult part is to discover it, it is like a present but we have to keep attention because for instance, even if I will train myself 24/7 I will never be like Ronaldo. Everyone has to follow and develop his own talent.
CAN YOU TELL US SOME OF YOUR SUCCESSES SUCH AS A PHOTOGRAPHER? IS THERE ARE ANY FUTURE PROJECTS YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH US?
My achievements? To me the real victory and a miracle is when people see my artworks, they feel something and they thank me for the emotions my works gave them. My future projects? Exhibitions, a book, videos, art and many more.
ACCORDING TO YOU WHAT DOES "DARE" MEAN IN YOUR LIFE OR IN YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES?
More than DARE I would say GIVE IN AN UNCONDITIONAL WAY, is just one of the most beautiful things in life, something that warms our hearts. It is not something easy to do but if we are able to do that it means that we are in an higher level with our soul. The more we give the more we receive, but we have to do it with our heart and not just for interest, and, unfortunately, many people act like that.
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Images provided by Giovanni Santarelli