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Alessia Amati

Alessia Amati

Would you mind introducing yourself? I was born on July 24th, 1991 in Cesena, a small city a few kilometres from the sea, in Italy. I lived my life surrounded by a family that loves art in a city called "Bellaria” (“Beautiful air”, a rather evocative name). My grandfather, grandmother, and mother were painters, and they greatly influenced my vision of life. After finishing high school, I decided to study graphic design, one of the forms of art I appreciate. Now I'm working as a graphic designer in a small studio, but my desire for concreteness, tangibility and experimentation leads to my love for instant photography. All that has been my life until now is symbolically represented in my Polaroids. My greatest desire is to show what I see and hear, and possibly give the world some beauty. My passion for instant photography has always been latent, until a few years ago when I’ve decided to start experimenting and expressing myself through what I call "pure magic.”

Alessia's Instagram - @alewino

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Your polaroids have such a magical feel to them. Your work combines so much emotion and beauty into each and every little photograph. How would you describe your style of photography?  I think it is very difficult for a photographer to describe her style, so I will use the words of other people with whom I’ve talked. They define my style quite recognizable by notes of melancholy, but at the same time of serenity. I love to know the human soul, alone but also in relation to nature (flowers and plants) and to all that surrounds us. I try to convey and portray emotions. I use light to sculpt bodies, to get deep into their soul, even in shadows. I use the flash only when I want to stop at the surface.

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When did you first fall in love with polaroid photography? I do not remember exactly the moment when I fell madly in love with instant photography. I believe, rather that it was a silent but explosive love story. Since I was a child I was fascinated by all sorts of magic and with instant photography, I found my own magic. See the image that appears under your eyes (well, not right below, since the Polaroids should be kept to develop blankets) is pure magic. That's why I love it!

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Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? I think that my favourite photographic memory reaches for the most part from the art world, that painting or sculpture is indifferent. I often get inspired by painters and sculptors for my polaroids. One of my favourite painters is Boldini. I love how he portrays every woman, making her beautiful, passionate and true. A reference photographer for me is definitely Ansel Adams. When I first saw "The Tetons and the Snake River,” I was shocked. That image remained impressed on my mind for days. Every instant photographer inspires me. I look a lot at what they create, I try to compare myself and learn something new every time.

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Your photos are so unique, each and every one of them a little piece of art. How do you come up with so many creative ideas? First of all, thank you very much. Reading these words makes me the happiest person in the world. Knowing that even one person thinks this of my polaroids, fills me with joy. Where do I take my inspiration? I believe in life itself, the one inside each of us. I admire art, I love nature and I love daydreaming. Perhaps my polaroids are just the result of a dream.

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What kind of camera do you use? I Shoot with a Polaroid 600 vintage camera that I bought at least 15 years ago in a flea market. I also tried other types of Polaroids like the Image-Spectra and SX70. Sometimes I shoot with Fujifilm camera and films, depending on what story I want to tell. The Instax mini was a birthday present from all of my friends. It has sentimental value =) I also shoot with films. I love being in a dark room, I would spend whole afternoons without even realizing it. I really like experimenting with all sorts of liquid, to create strange effects, especially in colour films.

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Are there any tips you would like share with any aspiring polaroid photographers that would love to create images with a similar style to yours? I still have many things to learn, but if I can give advice to those who want to start with Polaroid is to experiment a lot. Continuous research, even at the cost of making mistakes can lead to extraordinary results. Instant photography (even if the name does not look like it) is for me a reflective photography. Before shooting I think, I elaborate and I decide a lot of things in my mind. Only when I'm ready, click. Then, “le jeux son fait."

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What are some of your passions/hobbies other than photography? Photography is my greatest passion, if I can’t take a photo I feel like I'm missing the air. I also have other small passions: I love art and SUP (Stand Up Paddle). There is nothing more beautiful during the summer, getting out of work, taking my surfboard and rideing some waves. I love being in the water! I look for art every day, my eyes are never tired of looking and learning about it. I believe passions can define who we are better than any words.

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Do you have any photography related plans for this summer that you would like to share? With the arrival of summer, I have many Polaroids in mind in the water. I wish they could expire the infinite, the solitude, but also a sense of belonging to a wonderful world. I still have to think about how to relate all this, surely there will be a lot of water =)

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Who are some of your favourite photographers/artists/models? As I said, I adore every instant photographer. I follow the work of many artists, and I have had the honour of being able to expose some of my polaroids to them in different exhibitions in Italy. The first was in Rome. The people I portray are often my friends, who kindly lend themselves to each photograph. I also worked with models, with whom I came to share a unique relationship. For me, it is essential to try to understand the soul of those who you portray. I love all my muses, they are special, one by one: Beatrice, Valentina, Martina, Albina, Chiara, Cristina, Benedetta, Amalia, Ofelia, Giada, Sara, and many others.

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Are there any photographers/artists/models here on instagram that you love and wish more people knew about? There are so many artists that I adore and I follow constantly on Instagram... but if I have only one name I say Deborah Sheedy: I love her dreamlike and sometimes disquieting images... I feel wonder every time I see them. Beautiful. (@deborahsheedy)

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Which time of day is your favourite for taking photographs? I love to photograph at any time, as long as there is light. I like to model bodies using natural light. I love the light of the morning, and also that of the early afternoon. So my favourite moments are different every day. The light decides, she is the boss!

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Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions planned that you would like to share? Another thing that I love is travelling, knowing new places and discovering traditions. Unfortunately, because of work and life in general, I can not travel every week. But when I leave for a new adventure I always carry my faithful Polaroid with me. Strange, but through it I can see the world more in-depth, more reflective. I hope I can leave early. I would love to visit some capitals that I miss, like Prague or Dublin.

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Anything extra you would like to share? Yes, I would like to share my gratitude to all the people who have encouraged me (and who encourage me today) to carry on my passions, sometimes even not understanding them, all those who believed in me and who saw something beautiful in what I photograph. For me, this is essential. Thank you so much for this wonderful interview. I understood a lot about myself by answering the questions. To all I say: enhance your passions, even if they are crazy, because they are what we are.

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