ARTIST: MARTA BEVACQUA
Italian Photographer in Paris Marta Bevacqua chatted with us about her works, her affinity with water and her love for Fashion Photography.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am Italian, but currently based in Paris. I was raised in a red house in the country, next to Rome, Italy. I’ve lived in Paris since the beginning of 2014. I mainly work in fashion, although I love working on my portrait and fine art personal projects.
How did you become interested in photography and film? How did you know you wanted to work with those mediums?
I started with photography well before I started with film. Photography happened by chance during High School. Once I had graduated, I completely dedicated myself to photography, which was my biggest passion. It later became my job as well. I started with fine art projects and portraits of my sister and then, got into fashion some years later. It’s almost been 5 years since I’ve started living and working in Paris. I started working on film about two years ago while I was in Paris. I fell in love with it immediately and it had become another big passion (and job), alongside photography. I don’t know if I was aware it was my thing or not. I just kept doing it because I loved it.
How would you describe your work?
Natural, storytelling, onyric.
What relationship are you trying to convey with the women in your images and water?
I always loved water and I love using it in my photographs for its multiple different shapes and forms. I want the women to be something like imaginary watery creatures.
Can you share some insight on the creative process for your work?
Once I get an idea, I usually start writing about it. I do a lot of image researching and, if I needed, prepare a mood board. Then, I propose the project to a team (if I need a team), find the location, clothes, props, everything! And of course, the right model. The preparation is much longer than the shooting itself. It’s the most important part of the process.
When you’re in need of inspiration, where do you search for it?
Movies and books. I’ll also go walking in a big park, filled with nature and other people.
In one of your earlier conceptual film pieces, you start the film off with the statement: “What if one day we woke up in Another World where we could only breathe underwater”. Can you tell us more about where that idea came from?
Honestly, I don’t know exactly where it came from. I had the music and wanted to conceptualize a video for that music. From there on, it just came (quite easily). I guess it was created in a period where I was shooting a lot with water, which i’ve always been very attached to, along with other elements.
Are there certain challenges that arise when you’re directing a music video for another artist? What is that process like?
Of course. First of all, if you’re working for another artist, you need to keep in mind that there’s a client who must be satisfied. I always try to put together my vision and my taste to the clients’ vision and taste. I always prepare a project to present to the artist and then we talk together about it. It takes a long time, but, once w’re on set, it’s easy to know what to do.
When you reflect back on what you’ve created so far, is there a project that stands out to you?
Not really. I always try to experiment and move forward. I’m not the kind of person who looks back. (:
What do you hope to work on in the future?
I wish to do some editorials with a cool team, locations, styling, etc. for some cool magazines. Ok, let’s say: I wish to do something very cool. Haha.
If you’re going to be a book, what book will you be and why?
“The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman. Why? It’s just so “me”, it’s difficult to explain.
If you’re going to have the chance to support any charity/organization/person, what/ who would it be and why?
WWF... or one of the many organizations for the world. We forget how important it is.
Check out more of Marta's works https://www.martabevacquaphotography.com/