The Guestbook: our interview with Emanuele Passarelli

Claudia Fuggetti · 4 years ago
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Emanuele Passarelli is a Roman photographer who became known for his night shots with a cinematic and suggestive style. The event that marked his artistic career was that of having discovered English photographer James Oliver Connolly‘s works, a source of inspiration for his research. Behind every photograph, there is a great study of light, poses, composition and all the elements useful to tell a story.

Us at Collater.al have asked Emanuele a few questions about his and his work:

What led you in choosing these images?

These images are a series of nocturnal portraits set in the streets of some Italian cities and contain the first phase of my photographic journey.
There is a lot of personal research inside them. Research with regard to the photographic technique and research above all to investigate the darker sides of my personality, which I try to express by immersing the faces and bodies of my models in the coldest and darkest situations, with the aim of bringing the reader into my same world.
Your shots are very “cinematic”, there are movies or books that have influenced your artistic career? If so, which ones?
I draw inspiration from every situation that attracts my curiosity, of every experience I make small “screenshots” and then reuse them as a mood board for my future works, commissioned or not. For example, I’m writing from my new home in Milan, along the way home/metro I have had the opportunity to memorize some places suitable for portraits that I will most likely develop in recent weeks. Undoubtedly, even some films have marked me both photographically and for storytelling, one of these is Blade Runner.
Are there any stories behind your images?
As said at the beginning, I often tell of myself using the faces and bodies of other people as if they were a sort of self-portrait. Several times I happened to bring those I portrayed in places where I grew up, this has helped me a lot to bring out those that for some years now are the images that most represent me as a portrait photographer.
Do you first think about the final result or do you rely on intuition?
I learned to find a purpose for my images, this obviously before even thinking of touching the camera. If you find a purpose for a series of portraits or a more complex project, as it may have been for me “Italy in the big format”, you can establish a guideline that accompanies you along the way. It is useful to create small rules that establish the format, choice of films, post-production and the right approach with the collaborators, although certainly during the various phases of a project these rules can change.
What are your plans for the future?
Good question! There would be much to say and to organize. I will probably focus all my efforts on improving my old photographic and printing skills, including wet collodion photography. Once I have mastered this technique, I will start to organize a new tour, with the difference that this time I will have a camper to travel all over Europe and a great novelty that I can not yet reveal to you!
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