Any camera able to create an image.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.
Marta Bevacqua – I was born and grew up in the countryside of Rome (Italy). I started taking photographs by chance after school and step-by-step it became a job, besides being a big passion.
I got into fashion some years later, and from that moment I start working in Milan and Rome until moving to Paris, 3 years ago.
I work mainly in fashion, even if I always work on my personal artistic projects and video projects.
-How did you start out professionally in photography?
I started by chance, and things just happened after many efforts. Can’t say exactly how I started professionally, it just came gradually.
-What is your typical camera setup on a shoot?
My camera, a model in front of it and natural light (everywhere I am).
-What is your approach to lighting like?
Just studying and managing to work with available light.
-Is there a theme or concept that runs throughout all of your work?
-What is your post-production workflow like?
I work on skin tone at first and then I play with colours, contrast and saturation.
-What is your dream project?
A big editorial for a big magazine, where I can be totally myself and being as artistic as possible.
-You also work with moving image. How does working in this medium differ from your photography?
There is so much more work involved, but maybe because of this it becomes even more interesting.
-What are some of the biggest influences on your work?
Nature and the world around me. Other photographers. Music, books and movies. I just get inspired and influenced by everything.
-How do you go about posing or directing your subjects?
First, I talk with the models but then I leave them quite free after that. I always try to make them express themselves, without forcing anything.
-What do you feel makes a truly great portrait?
The emotion and the atmosphere of a moment.
-Do you see your work as documentary, commercial or art based?
Art based, I guess.
-What was the best career advice you were ever given?
Never give up, even if sometimes it seems impossible.