Italy told by the eyes of those who love and live it every day: places, people, culture. This is the aim of the What Italy Is project, which through the Instagram profile, shares stories (and shots) that tell the beauty of our country. And it and it is in that spirit that we start our collaboration with Collater.al, where once a month we will present a photographer with the intention of better understanding his relationship with Italy and with photography.
We inaugurate our column with Cédric Dasesson, professional photographer and IED professor, based in Cagliari. Cèdric is defined as a sea, architecture and matter lover. A complex person who likes to simplify his way of life and his way of thinking. An open-minded dreamer.
Cèdric advises you to read the interview listening to the song “Teardrop” of Massive Attack.
Cèdric Dasesson is a fantasy name. Why this name and why don’t you ever expose the real one?
I wanted to tell something that really belongs to me, a story where what’s important is what I do and I seek every day, not me. The name is invented, I picked up a list and I chose the one that just sounded better.best The last name is an acronym.
Your photos often tell about an unknown world, even for those who know Sardinia very well. How did start this passion for the unknown places?
A little bit by accident, but also for personal research, at the beginning just to find places I didn’t know near home.
I’ve always had the passion for hidden places since I was a child, I liked to venture and look straight to the endless path. It comes to mind when my parents took me the first flippers to swim, I went into the sea and just thought to go straight ahead of me, with an infinite smile… called by my mom came to recover me the port authority.
How many times have they asked you “how do you shoot?” And what do you usually answer?
With the eyes.
The picture of your dreams: how and where.
Actually they are two: photographing a cetacean or a group of them, it could be anywhere, but if I had to choose I prefer Hawaii and the melting of northern Iceland glaciers.
The name of an artist, a photographer, or instagrammer that you admire in a particular way.
Richard Long, is a photographer and a sculptor. He’s part of the Land Art movement of the ’60s and’ 70s. I have studied a lot of his way of interpreting photography as a means of documentation and communication, but even more I admire his research on matter and geometry.
If I asked you to give us an advice about an Italian place to photograph, what would you answer?
Italy is beautiful from north to south to shoot and admire. I always thought I wanted to photograph Casa Malaparte on the Capri island, but I haven’t done it yet so I’d recommend it for his history and for the passion I feel for the sea.
You are a professional photographer, what is the most beautiful and hardest part of your job?
The most beautiful part is when you free your fantasy and immerse yourself in making the things you love. The hardest part is when people don’t respect your job and your inventive ability, but the worse thing is: “Can you take a shot of me? You have the camera in your hand…”
This often happens when you are in the water: 3 kg and 6,000 € of equipment … in your hand.
Instagram: how do you use it, what you like and don’t like about this platform.
I started to tell what my eyes are seeing and slowly came, and continue, to come up different collaborations, always having the sea as the main element. The worst thing is who thinks can use the follower number to slap a night and dinner in some hotels.
Then, when they receive less likes they despair because they can’t do it anymore.
If at some point you have to move to a place far from the sea, what would it be?
I don’t think I can stay in an environment where there is no water. Maybe in a place near to a lake.
What is Italy for you, outside the commonplace?
Absolute history and beauty.
Interview by Giulia Dini
All images © Cedric Dasesson