The Guestbook: our interview with Matteo Gueli

The Guestbook is a photographic column that highlights the take over artists who animate the Collater.al’s Instagram profile.

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18 June 2019

Matteo Gueli is a Montreal-based photographer who tells stories through highly cinematographic and poetic images. His work explores the themes of adolescence, suburban life, intimacy and interpersonal relationships.

We at Collater.al asked Matteo to tell us his story through an interview, which you can find below:

If you had to tell who you are through an image, which one would you choose?

I think it’s hard for me to narrow it down to one image. My images tell stories, and often stories that I relate to, but I don’t think there’s a single one that represents who I am. I think it’s with my use of common themes in photography, such as suburbia or intimacy, that I can describe and show the person I am.

How is your every project born?

With a lot of planning. It starts off with a small idea, then I grab my journal and start sketching/planning out the images I want. I definitely plan more projects than I execute: something they just don’t match up to what I imagine them to be.

But that’s okay because I love planning and it helps me to know the direction I want to take my photography in for future projects.

What do you draw inspiration from?

It’s almost always music. I have headphones in 24/7, and I don’t think I would be able to survive without music. I love Lorde, Sufjan Stevens, Mitski, Björk, and St Vincent, to name a few. I also draw a lot of inspiration from the suburbs I grew up in: it’s a neighbourhood where nothing really happens, but in a kind of poetic and beautiful way. 

What do you want to communicate with your images?

To be quite honest, I’m not sure yet. A lot of what I do is spontaneous: I use photography as a way to say what I don’t want to use words to describe. I want my work to be movie-like, though. Not too far-removed from reality, but definitely more planned-out and less candid than real life. I guess that my end goal for photography would be to master the ability of translating my thoughts and feelings into images.

Is there a picture in the history of photography that has influenced your style or that you would have made?

Not one specific photo, but I really love the work of Gregory Crewdson. I love his representation of small towns, and how he makes neighbourhoods where nothing happens to seem like a thriller movie. He uses massive sets, which are far out of my budget, but in the future, I would love for my work to convey the same emotion and power that he does.

Follow Matteo’s take over on @Collater.al Instagram profile!

The Guestbook la nostra intervista a Matteo Gueli | Collater.al
The Guestbook la nostra intervista a Matteo Gueli | Collater.al
The Guestbook la nostra intervista a Matteo Gueli | Collater.al
The Guestbook la nostra intervista a Matteo Gueli | Collater.al

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