The unicorn in a pink sky…of Costanza Gianquinto

Edited by Odeta Catana, Photo Editor

Costanza Gianquinto 

Could you say a few words about yourself? 

My name is Costanza and I’m 26. I was born in Venice, Italy, where I have spent most of my entire life. Actually I’m living in London with my boyfriend and two of my best friends.

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How did you start taking pictures? Usually there is always the old story of the boy who finds his grandfather’s camera, did that happen to you as well or not?

When I was little I had a lovely compact camera, an Olympus Miju II. I started with her and it still with me. My grandfather left me a lot of his cameras so…I guess, yes! It happened to me as well!

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Where does your inspiration comes from?

I do not clone reality nor do I create something bogus or balanced; it goes beyond a cocky state of mind. Every shot I take represents a moment which lends itself to the story of my mind, an esoteric and symbolic path that enables me to sneak in my perception. I do not take pictures in order to create, I do photography to communicate, to release myself. I seek to express what I imagine in a tangible way, to discover what makes me worried and what trickles down from the scraping walls of my thoughts. There is not reasonable research, neither an obsession or cruelty but only the sweet tones of aromas and vibes that lay soaking while they wait to be discovered.

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In a portrait, what is important for you?

Naturalness and harmony with the person and the background.

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What kind of relationship do you have with your subject when you shoot?

A love relationship. There be must a lot of complicity. Even with the strangers.

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Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?

I did. When I was 22 I went to Milan to study at the Italian Institute of Photography, where I graduated with a professional photography degree. Honestly, I learned a lot by myself. You can’t acquire the knowledge of your sensibility if you’ve got it already.

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What’s the photo you want to take and you never did?

Could be capturing an unicorn in a pink sky, and why not, even with a giant rainbow.

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What’s your photo-mission?

I really don’t know and I’m so sorry about that.

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