Interview with Photographer, Chiara Dondi

How did you get started doing what you do?
During my time at University, I discovered film photography. I found an old film reflex in my father’s room and then started to make “mistakes”.

How would you describe your creative style?
Well, I have painted for so much time that now I think that I’m just trying to combine two elements of my life: photography and painting.

What’s your inspiration?
Everything around me. The place where I live with its landascapes, a book that I’m reading or a song. It’s so easy to be deeply moved by what you can see or hear and the feeling that it gives you.

Interview with Photographer, Chiara Dondi on Jung Katz

What is art to you?
That’s difficult. I think that art is everything that gives you unexpected feelings. Have you ever seen Nuovo Cinema Paradiso? When I watch that movie, I can cry, laugh and cover my eyes. I can get goosebumps looking at a photo by Francesca Woodman. That’s art to me.

What does your typical day look like?
First of all breakfast for me and my men( my son and fiancé.) Then I go to the office (I’m a designer). If it’s a warm and good day I take a walk with my iPod. I make dinner and play with my son, we love to paint and to read books. When he is finally sleeping, I can colorize my photos while watching a sci-fi movie.

How do you keep motivated?
I live and above all I dream. I try to watch not only with my eyes but also with my soul. I’m sure that there is a parallel world that is invisible to eyes but you can see it if you listen to your senses.

Interview with Photographer, Chiara Dondi on Jung Katz
Interview with Photographer, Chiara Dondi on Jung Katz

How would you say your surroundings have influenced your work?
A lot. The place where I live is my first setting. I’m so lucky to live between hills and woods.

What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
To be understood. To communicate my inner world.

How have others reacted to your work?
A lot of people have told me that my photos are a little creepy and disquieting… but full of fantasy.

Interview with Photographer, Chiara Dondi on Jung Katz
Interview with Photographer, Chiara Dondi on Jung Katz

What do you want others to take away from your work?
Everything they will find in it.

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
To not be afraid of sharing her work with someone else. To not be afraid of being seen and judged.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Be yourself. Because you can’t be anyone else.

Interview with Photographer, Chiara Dondi on Jung Katz
Interview with Photographer, Chiara Dondi on Jung Katz

Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
I’m not so sure I am able to give good advice. I think that it’s always better to follow our intuition, especially if it takes you away from the work of other people.

What are your thoughts on art school?
Art is the first type of communication that we have as children. It’s easier to communicate with a drawing or a sound. In the next future I hope to see a bigger interest in the arts both from young people and society.

Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
To improve myself as a woman in life and art.

Interview with Photographer, Chiara Dondi on Jung Katz
Interview with Photographer, Chiara Dondi on Jung Katz

What’s your dream project?
A self-portrait series. But I’m not so brave.

What art supplies do you use?
Lubitel 166b, 120 B&W Ilford films, brushes and tints to colorize photos.

What’s your process like?
When I start to think about a photo set, I prepare a playlist with all the music that can inspire me. I take the photo and then I try to understand which type of tints I can use to give the photo the allure that I want.

How could the art industry become better in your opinion?
There is more attention to money and less to art. There is so little variety in what you can find in an art gallery, at least here in Italy. It’s hard training people to look at different styles but I think that it would be a joy to find as many artists and types of techniques as possible.

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