We recently have been able to admire some of her fantastic pictures on facebook and 500px. Photographer Jessica Napolitano does not just take photos, she creates artworks, that move between dream and reality. We definitely wanted to introduce you Jessica and were lucky enough, that she accepted to go for an interview with us. She also provided some of her great pictures to show them to you here in Streetfashion MagZZine.
Hello everyone, my name is Jessica Napolitano. I am 22 years old and I was born in Gaeta. I live in Italy precisely in a small village called Santi Cosma and Damiano in the province of Latin. In life as well as to dedicate myself to photography, i help in a family company. I love traveling. I love hot countries. I am a very open person, cheerful and always ready to help others.
Have you been involved in the arts in some form other than photography?
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Seeing your remarkable work, I am curious where your creativity comes from?
Fundamental characteristic of my photographs is the creativity, that accompanies me since i’m a lucky girl. Why? Because through photography you have a vision of the reality, that is more ''fantastic and expanse as in a fairytale''. To say it short: It is as if I thought like a ''child“, that seeks to create that kind of atmosphere, you find ''there''. As well as being creative I must say I am also a good observer. I observe everything around me and even with a ''simple location'' I can often pull out the best or rather hopefully;) I always loved pictures in general. I think the camera can reveal the secrets, that the naked eye or the mind does not grasp. Everything disappears except the one, that is focused with the lens. Photography is an exercise in observation and a ''challenge'' to consequently creating through it the combination of truth and beauty called art. But another very important thing as well as the ''creative'' is the makeup artist. To me the makeup artist plays a vital role in getting the photos already good before the post-production. I was lucky enough to find ''Lina''. She ''facilitates“ the job with her tricks nothing less than from fantastic to perfect. Without her, i think, the result would not be the same!
Could you share with us how you first became interested in photography?
I always loved photography in general, but I never studied this passion, until I had the good fortune to meet a great person, my boyfriend, who is a portrait photographer. Initially i lent myself to him as a model. Then about 7 months later I decided to stand behind the camera and I truly have to say“ I LOVE THIS FORM OF ART “. I love it as you see in my pictures. I love to create atmosphere and the perfect location. To say it short: I love EVERYTHING. It gives me really a lot of satisfaction and i’m even more pleased with the result, that I managed to get it done in such a short time.
I started with a Canon 600 d and now use the Canon M III. My favorite targets are 2:85 mm and 35 mm, of course it depends on many circumstances which one to use. Usually I need about an hour to create my pictures and the programs I use are ''photoshop and lightroom ''.
As I said before, I was ''influenced'' by one person. That is my boyfriend. For me it is now a point of reference as well as in everyday life, even in the work, and it is great to share with him this passion. We help each other and I hope to become more and more clever, because in life you never stop learning.
What would you say characterizes your work in comparison to other photographers?
Every photographer has his own style and I think everyone is different from everyone else
Among your works, which is your favorite and why?
My favorite photo, I have to say, comes from my last shoot and the title of the photo is ''relajacion''.
Tell us your funniest or most awkward photography story.
The fun thing I like have to tell you, because I always enjoy taking pictures, but I remember one in particular, when i was some weeks ago together with my best friend to take some pictures. She is not a professional model, i was working with, but for me she showed herself very willingly to take pictures. I asked her to do something really easy and trivial that is to ''create movement with her hair'' and at the same time to be able to look into the camera. But all without success. The only thing, that I could capture in that shoot (we were trying an hour to figure it out) was a sea of laughter, looking at the pictures on the display and it really were unnatural poses :) so the photos from that day I call ''Valeria Marini''.
What would you tell a newcomer who asks for your advice on how to start?
I would say not to despair of the difficulties, that surely will be there initially and above all to be always ready to learn new techniques