I lived my childhood in an artistic environment. My father was a composer. Music has always been a very important part of my life. I chose the camera as my main artistic expression, but I don’t consider myself a photographer. I consider photography as means to represent my feelings.
After attending a workshop I immediately understood what the camera could do for me in terms of experimentation and discovery of the world around me. To me, photography is an imperative language. My works come from a strictly private intuition and intimate dialogue. Moments beyond time—close to the mystery that is in all of us.
I am triggered by different impulses: observation of reality, thoughts and emotional baggage. It’s also research, exploration, invention, and escape. And occasionally a refuge. With it, arises feelings that belong to me deeply. Photography is a strictly private act and I think that the secret lies in our inner dialogue.
The female figures are closed in their intimacy almost in self-analysis of themselves. They appear absent in the frame, but present in their intimacy. The complexity of the female figure is the best interpreter of my vision and the best way to express my feelings. It’s not about highlighting the external beauty but capturing traces of the internal dialogue. The facial features are hidden to avoid any contact to the external world that could disturb this intense inner dialogue.
My life master is my father, Giampaolo, esteemed composer of chamber and contemporary classical music. His music and his creative ideas have been a great influence in my life and I believe has contributed to my increased sensitivity.
I think more than the aesthetic and fashion, I am influenced by the composition and shape. Images and communications are still an aesthetic revolution. The composition of an image can suggest the shape that becomes beauty. Every detail is important. In fashion photography there is a “productive” beauty. In my works there is a “contemplate” beauty.
Words by Cristina Coral.
Cristina Coral’s work has been featured in Vogue.it and many other online magazines. Her project This Living Hand, Hidden beauty and Do not disturb has been published in Lens Culture. Some of her work is represented by the agency Art and Commerce in New York. You can view more of her work at www.cristinacoral.com and follow her on Instagram @cristina_coral.