Would you mind introducing yourself? My name is Miriam Iervolino. I have lived in Sicily since I was born. I live in the historic city centre of Palermo. I'm currently working as a graphic designer in a print lab where we use both digital and screen printing. For me is hard to describe my style. I used to work with pasting and with film cameras. I have two different approaches to photography and pasting. To me, photography is related to the people I photograph, and the intimate relations involved. It is a narration of my life, my thoughts, and the people I love. That's the reason why I like to use film cameras - because they are closer to reality than digital. To me photography is my favourite method of communication, sometimes I think my photos are like postcards without destinations. When I create collages, it's different, as with them I want to create a blissful harmony between two different images. The result is a new image, with a new identity.
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When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I fell in love taking pictures when I saw my grandfather taking family pictures. He has created a collective memory, the narration of our history. Like an archive, a love archive. For this reason, I really love family photos. I think the best photos are the random ones. Those describing a feeling, a special moment and memory. I want to express this in my photography. I'm a nostalgic soul.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? I took my favourite picture four years ago. The subject was a dried flower on my pillow. This image is part of a very important project for me, the name is "Oltre me" (Beyond Me). "Oltre me" is a social experiment, motivated by the desire to fight the paradoxical incommunicability from which we are wound through the application of a letter relationship. Beginning in November 2013, the project counts four correspondences between me and women of different cities, ages and professions; words, images and situations already harvested in the first volume thought and realized as a real harvest of epistles. This image to me represents this project and a pleasant moment in my life. It gives me a sense of peace and happiness.
What inspires your photography? The first things that inspire me are my thoughts, my dreams, and my feelings. I am a very emotional person, and everything I do comes from myself. Then there is the desire to always do better. I would like to do more. I would like to know myself better and everything around me. Photography is necessary for me, to feeling well. I need photography to express things I can't communicate with words.
Camera & Editing Process? My film camera is an Olympus Om 10, sometimes I like to use a Konica Minolta auto-reflex Tc, with Kodak film. I don't like to post produce, this is the reason why I use film. I prefer to print photographs on paper, that's why my walls are full of pictures. I usually print postcards I love as gifts.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? I think the key is to be yourself, without any fear. Give your project a sense or a reason, something deeper than the hope of fame. I believe this is necessary for studying art and everyday photography.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? My favourite artist is Sophie Calle. I love her projects and photos. She is an inspiration to me. I love her works themes and their development. In my work, I feel I am very close to her. But my photography is inspired by many artist and photographers. For example Nan Goldin or Lina Scheynius. I admire their freedom, even though my style is too shy compared to them. Even though they are different from each other, I think instinct is what links these artists. Their work is true and this is what I like.
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you wish more people knew about? I know many photographers. One of these is my friend Ramona Fernandez. Her style is inspired by cinema and fashion. She is very creative. Another friend that I love is Kristina Borìnskaya. Her world is intimate and fragile.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? I wish to go to Iceland. Because it's so wild and I love the nature and the landscapes. I wish to visit Iceland as soon as possible.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Every season is precious. I live in Sicily and the landscape is always wonderful at any time of the year. Like all Sicilians, I love the sea. In summer I use an underwater camera. It's hard to explain, but to me, the sea is a state of the soul. After the summer, I really like autumn. The colours of nature are stronger and more contrasted.
The coolest place you've ever been? One of the most beautiful places I've ever been is on my island. This place is called "Scala dei Turchi" near Agrigento. It is an incredible white cliff on the sea. The city that I loved the most is Dublin. I have a loving memory of this city. To me, it is interesting and romantic.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips that you would like to share? In September I will go to Scotland. I will go to the islands of Mull, Edinburgh and Glasgow. I'm very excited about these upcoming travels. I am very fascinated by the Scottish landscape, the cliffs, the sea, and the lakes.
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