Dreams are ephemeral, impossible places, yet when we let ourselves go to them they seem so real. Looking at Isabella Quaranta’s shots will have the same effect.
Born in 1985 in Turin, Isabella Quaranta graduated in Historical and Artistic Cultural Heritage Sciences and later attended the Master in Advanced Photography at the IED in Milan.
Isabella has never set herself limits, approaching different types of photography, from portraits to events of different kinds, seeing her photographs published in various magazines and participating in some exhibitions.
Among her works what captures the most is the atmosphere, hovering between reality and dream, where free and ethereal women let themselves go, merging with the environment around them.
Read our interview below.
What is the first memory you have linked to photography?
Me excited to take pictures with a Polaroid received as a gift for my 12 years old.
In many of your works the female figure is at the center of the scene. Which aspect of femininity do you want to describe?
I like to tell the most intimate and hidden side of femininity, linked to the unconscious and desire.
I work very often through the self-timer or with models my friends, performers and artists, with whom there is harmony and it is a pleasure to work together.
How would you define your style?
Creative and introspective.
Where do you get inspiration for your shots?
In my shots, I like to create an atmosphere where reality mixed with the dream, full of pathos, energy and mystery.
I realize my works following moments of personal inspiration, given by emotions experienced or suggested by dreams.
You can find influences related to Symbolism, alchemical art and Surrealism.
Is there a photograph of yours to which you are particularly attached? Tell us about it.
I am particularly attached to the photograph “In your burning hand”, taken in 2017, in which the performer Annalisa Pascai Saiu and the stylist Valentina Serra Rotundo posed.
Through this shot, I wanted to describe an intimate and credible human relationship, directed towards the observer. Art as a mirror and matrix of reality.
The strength of these hands that hold each other gently, but at the same time with great emotional intensity, shows a deep bond. In abandoning oneself to the other, one finds oneself stronger than before.
In your hand burning with passion for life, a strength that goes beyond adversity.
Water, natural elements and nudity are a symbol of transparency, a return to the core of origin, the leaving behind the constraints imposed by the world in which we live, the undressing from every mask.
In 2018 it was exhibited in Paris at the Image Nation Paris exhibition.