INTERVIEW WITH PHOTOGRAPHER CLARISSA VIVIRITO:
My name is Clarissa Vivirito, I am 25 years old and I am a photographer from Rome specialized in Fashion Photography, Portraits and Still Life.
How was your passion for photography born?
The passion for photography was born immediately, since childhood, I remember that my favorite hobby as a child was to go to the attic and spend hours and hours leafing through the old photographs of my mother as a child.
For four years now I have specialized in portrait, fashion and still life photography, photography has always been the means that allows me to express my creativity and my way of being, through photography I can see the world from a different perspective, from my point of view.
Is there, or has there been, someone or something that has influenced your work?
Every day I try to take inspiration from something or someone, I try to make the best of even the little things, however, I think the trip to London has influenced my work and my style the most. Having been born in a small village, albeit close to Rome, the impact with London was incredible from all points of view. I found this city full of stimuli both in the cultural and artistic fields and it helped me to find my style, both from a professional and a human point of view.
What are your main references and inspirations?
I am a lover of art in general. Thanks also to my enrollment at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, I found myself studying not only photography, but also the history of art and other artistic subjects from which I try to take inspiration and bring back with photography what I try. It can be said that I do not have a single point of reference but I prefer to look at art in general with eyes full of curiosity and be inspired by what I see.
How would you define your aesthetic?
I would call it without veils, I don’t really like post-production and edit my shots too much. When I’m doing a photographic project I always try to give my best while shooting, paying attention to the composition and especially to the light. Light is fundamental for me in photography, most of the photographs I take are with natural light, I love it. I am very careful about the shadows and I try to highlight the protagonist of my photos with the right light.
Which photographers have inspired you the most?
There are many photographers from whom I take inspiration, starting with photographers of the past like Diane Arbus. She has always struck me a lot because the best known photos of her are those that portray human beings in their diversity. The awareness of diversity in her photography did not detract from the subjects and in most of her portraits the subjects are in their own environment, at ease. But there are also other photographers that I admire, Francesca Woodman, Robert Frank, Vivian Maier without forgetting many other emerging authors who influence my vision and intrigue me a lot.
What is beauty for you?
For me, beauty is something subjective, something that strikes you as soon as you look at it. Personally, I believe that beauty is in the simplicity of small things and their naturalness.
Which photo do you love most and why?
I am very attached to the photos I took for one of my projects called “Atelier”.
A project designed to portray people inside their own room. The term “Atelier” means Laboratory or studio. The purpose of this project, in fact, is to delve into their intimacy and consequently portray them in their everyday life.
Trying to make the portraits as spontaneous as possible and also leave the objects in the place where they were at that moment and for me this was a novelty because very often when I shoot I try to perfect every little detail and everything during the set must stay where I say I.
This project was a strong stimulus for me because it gave me the opportunity to meet new people and the photo shoot was not only focused on the moment of the shots, but conversations were born and the girls confided in me and told me something about their life and it was thanks to this that a pleasant atmosphere was created inside the room where the girls posed at ease.
How did you approach the lockdown on a creative level?
I spent the months of the lockdown most of the time inside my room, doing things I haven’t done in a while due to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, like painting, gardening, reading books and baking. But I tried to give my best also from a working point of view, reorganizing various photographic projects that I had in mind, in particular I launched my first calendar for 2021, consisting of 12 shots of mine taken from the “Vere Florentes” project that had a great success and made me very proud. And then of course the most important thing, I got to spend some good times with my family and especially with my beloved nephew Riccardo.
What’s in your future? Do you have a specific plan that you are determined to follow?
Surely to continue on this path, trying to undertake new collaborations and meet new people. Continue with the projects and be able to exhibit them in exhibitions and sell my works, but above all open my first photographic studio.