CAROLINA DI LAZZARO
INTERVIEW WITH THE YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER CAROLINA DI LAZZARO:
I am Carolina Di Lazzaro, I am 21 years old and I was born and raised in Italy. I have moved numerous times and spent my adolescence in a small seaside town in Tuscany. I come from a family that worked in sports at a high level, I believed it was my path for a while, but at 18 I realized I wanted to create something of my own.
When and how did you discover the passion for photography?
Contrary to many of my fellow photographers, I haven’t shot since I was little, but I started relatively a few years ago. I remember that at first I looked with interest at photographers from the world of rhythmic gymnastics. I loved Enrico Della Valle.
How would you describe your photographic style?
I don’t like giving labels or it would be artistically counterproductive. I started with reportage and now I work more with fashion, when I can I try to combine these two.
Is there, or has been someone or something that has influenced your passion?
In 2017, while I was working in a London shop, a guy walked in looking for lenses for his camera. We exchanged contacts and I saw photos of him that I adored at the time and they pushed me to do my first portraits. Vasco is an actor and he has always supported me over the years.
Is there a photograph you are particularly attached to?
Among my photographs there is a particular shot from the “Garçons de Pigalle” series which portrays in black and white, three boys playing basketball and a fourth boy on the sidelines, perhaps tired, looking at them. When I took the photo I remember that about twenty had managed to raise money and rent only half the basketball court to play. They all have different expressions and probably lived in some distant arrondissement of Paris, but they wore their new sneakers to play. It was a special day. This shot causes me mixed emotions, but I find it a perfect match between a reportage and a commercial.
What are your main references and where do you draw inspiration from?
For some time I have been using a company of Canadian photographers and videographers as a reference. Their works have simple but impactful compositions in addition to the storytelling that wants to tell about the effort and the achievement of everyone’s life goals. I recently became friends with them. I look at their work constantly, but I haven’t told them yet.
Which photographers have inspired you the most?
I had the opportunity to interview the photojournalist Fausto Podavini for my graduation thesis. From his projects I really realized that photography was and is a powerful medium capable of telling events more than any other written article.
Describe a typical day of yours when you dedicate yourself to photography.
I dedicate myself to photography every day, even when I’m not shooting I like to stay at the PC in search of places, faces, stories and new inspirations. It is no longer something I dedicate myself to, it is an integral part of my every day.
As a photographer, how would you define your role in society?
The photographer is a sort of “image operator” as Roberta Valtorta says. The photographer as we have understood it for 200 years is slowly disappearing, giving way to a figure who takes care of the digital image, graphics, video and communication at 360 degrees. However, living in a world where we are bombarded with images, the photographer is much more present than we can imagine.
What is your motto?
I don’t have one specifically, I often tell myself to take inspiration but never copy.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
To move to Milan. Two years after, I confirm that I could not have received better advice.
Projects for the future?
I would very much like to open my own studio, have a space to work that is divided from my home and where I can host other creatives. I also plan to move to the Netherlands in the future, but only after having a consistent experience in creative direction here in Milan.