We talked about Guen Fiore, an Italian photographer based in London, just a few months ago. We fell in love with her shots and her ability to portray female beauty.
Guen’s portraits have a disarming honesty. Her photography brings the subject’s personality to life and show who they really are. Each face tells a story and Guen is able to grasp it through her shrewd gaze.
The female form seems to be part of her aesthetic pursuit, but with honesty and humanity.
We didn’t wait too long to talk about her again on Collater.al and this time we had a chance to ask her a few questions.
Why did you choose photography as a means of expression?
I have formally “chosen” photography as a medium only recently. At first, I never experienced it as a choice. I discovered photography a little by chance. I have always been a creative person since I was a child but I have never seriously considered a training path or a profession in the world of art. During my engineering studies, I started photographing my sisters and friends, for us, it was an alternative and fun way to spend time together. A little at a time I started not being able to do without it anymore and inevitably it became an increasingly great distraction. I don’t see this path as a choice because it never started with the decision to want to be a photographer, it all happened very naturally. At the end of 2018, I finally decided to dedicate myself completely to photography and I moved to London.
What is femininity for you?
I think it’s what defines a woman, and therefore as such, I believe the spectrum of femininity is just too broad to define.
Do you think we are really rebelling against stereotypes about the perfect body or is it a trend for brands too?
Both things. I believe that fashion and trends change direction whenever society asks for something new. Today with social media people are able to generate real trends and “impose themselves” in a certain way. I believe that the will and the need to show something more true started from social media, and inevitably the brands have welcomed the initiative. However, coming from a top model era, with a single standard of beauty and constant impositions on women’s aesthetics, it is not so difficult to understand why a part of society is still so obsessed with perfection. I believe that today the cult of aesthetics is still very present, but it is nice to see how instead a part of society has repossessed the right to accept and consider itself “beautiful” even if far from the imposed canons. I would not speak of a reversal of stereotypes but more of an “expansion”. Whatever the case may be, fashion comes and goes, and just as in recent years we have witnessed a wonderful rise of non-standard subjects and models, I think that in the near future this thing is bound to decline a bit. But at the same time, I believe that some inputs will remain. Many brands will have ridden the trend of the moment and will probably propose something new tomorrow as it is normal, but I think that the idea of objective beauty such as that of a decade ago no longer exists today. And I believe that a certain acceptance and openness to different stereotypes is destined to remain. Or at least I hope so.
What captures your goal the most?
I am particularly interested in the female universe, especially young women. Probably because I tend to be much more inspired by what represents a personal experience to me and what I know, and because I would like to tell stories that mean firsthand for me. I have always had my own idea of beauty, which can be related to aesthetics or simply to the story that the subject tells.
Which artists have influenced your search?
The photographers or artists who have influenced me the most are Nan Goldin, Annie Leibovitz, Sofia Coppola, Corinne Day, Larry Clark, Woody Allen. I also follow a lot of contemporary photographers on Instagram and discover new ones all the time. I really like Petra Collins, Jamie Hawksworth, Coco Capitan, Tom Johnson and many others.
What are you working on lately?
Unfortunately in these days, it’s really difficult to make any kind of program, so I’m trying to think a lot day by day lately. After being stuck for so long I have given priority to commercial or otherwise commissioned work, and now I really feel the need to find the time to dedicate myself to some personal projects that I would like to pursue. I would also like to start experimenting with moving images and videos. I hope as soon as possible.