Chiara Porcheddu is a photographer who was born in Sardinia (Italy) in a family of ‘music addicted’. She tried studying music to find her way, because all of her relatives did the same. She wasn’t so good playing any of the instruments she tried and realized that she needed something different to express herself. Chiara started toying with another plaything. She still loves music and she thinks that is the seed of what she does. Chiara is also a vagrant: she keeps the suitcase always next to her, but she uses to say that she lives between London and Turin just to fix some coordinates. It was a pleasure for us to take an interview with Chiara Porcheddu and we wish you a pleasant viewing of Chiara Porcheddu photography.
AP: Chiara, we are happy to see you here and we are glad that you decided to give us an interview about your photography. Could you please tell me what got you started?
Chiara: I’ve had always a big curiosity on photography since I was a kid. My father, although he’s not a photographer, had his own darkroom and used to develop his rolls. Seeing all those black & white pictures made me to start, I know that sounds like a too typical photographer’s tale but this is the fact, pure and simple truth.
AP: It’s a great start, Chiara! Do you have any formal education in photography or were you self-taught?
Chiara: I’ve studied photography in an Institute of Design, but I must say I learned much more working as an assistant for photographers.
AP: I agree with you. We get more knowledge when practicing. By the way what genre are your photos?
Chiara: At the beginning I had a liking for reportage photography. For years I’ve been taking pictures during my trips, immortalizing all the urban sets and the beauty of nature I met, whereupon I started working for a fashion photographic studio and that completely upset my way of taking pictures. Now I mostly prefer portraits.
AP: How would you describe your pictures?
Chiara: I like best natural light so I prefer overall taking pictures outside, I draw inspiration by simple beauty, soft colors and dreams.
AP: Your photos are truly beautiful. Which artists do you use for reference?
Chiara: There are a countless number of great unknown photographers around, too many to mention them.
AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to take your pictures?
Chiara: For general works I use a Canon 550D, but I have much more fun with: Polaroid, Toycameras like Diana and Holga, bioptic cameras medium format and Canon A1.
AP: Do you have a dream project?
Chiara: I have a couple of work-in-progress projects
AP: What is the formula for success in your activity?
Chiara: Be curious about everything.
AP: Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?
Chiara: I must say my friends and family are very supportive; fortunately I’m surrounded by right people.
AP: Could you give any piece of advice for those who try to discover their talent and cultivate it?
Chiara: Just play much as possible, and love it
AP: Would you like to wish something to Astrum People?
Chiara: Be fanciful and listen to a lot of music.
We’d like to thank Chiara for this interesting story about photography and wish her continued inspiration and many more beautiful shots. To learn more about Chiara Porcheddu photography, feel free to visit her personal website or Flickr page. If you have any comments to the interview, feel free to leave them in the comments box.