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Interview: Photographer Ilaria Toscano (Italy)

Can you tell us a little about you?

Born in Rome in 1992, I am mainly a Graphic Designer, later evolved as a Photographer, integrating myself into the concept of Visual Designer. I work as a freelance with the name of KeirArt.

How and when did you get into photography?

I graduated as an Industrial Technician Graphics and, in high school, the professor of

Techno-Logic Graphics, also a photography teacher at IED in Rome, introduced me to the world of photography. The first exhibition I visited, that of Robert Doisneau, left me speechless. Seen as a photographer, one would not say so, but I deeply love the black and white. Growing up, I decided that in my professional future I would take advantage of my two passions, graphics and photography. At one point, however, the idea of doing portraits or normal landscapes bored me. When I discovered light painting, looking at the series of images "Picasso's Light Drawings" by Gjon Mili, I realized that this would be the way out of the monotony. I wanted to create a method by which to express an explosion of creativity and color, a recognizable style at a

glance. I always felt like a multifaceted artist, more than a photographer in itself. I like the concept of creating art.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

My style is unique and eclectic, using the technique of light painting in my shots. In recent years I have managed to find my own unique trait, using lights and colors, in all their nuances. My shots are made exclusively with the use of long exposures, without any kind of photo retouching. I paint in the dark with the use of luminous instruments, which allow me to create what my mind suggests to me. Personal visions of reality and surreal abstracts, I express my creative flair with this style.

What does photography mean to you?

It has always been a means of expressive freedom for me. I use it as an "archive of details" of my memories day after day. In recent years I have found a visionary approach to it, describing people in a personal way with surreal abstracts, managing to express my creative flair.

Where do you get inspiration from?

In these modern times, through the Social, we have everything at our fingertips, making the comparison much easier, finding inspiration and inspiration.

Do you think in advance what you want in the picture ?

It depends, if I follow a project obviously yes, I study and focus first on the idea and

consequently I undertake to carry it out, trying to remain faithful to the idea as much as possible. Each shot is unique and unrepeatable precisely because it is very difficult to create the same identical effect twice in a row, very often it is "good the first". It also happens that I often create without thinking about the result, abandoning myself without thoughts, freeing my artistic and creative vein.

Studio, on location or both?

In this technique I prefer in the studio, since the ambient light can create problems for the result, but, depending on the project I want to realize, I also happen to shoot in location, but only if there is little ambient light.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

It is part of my job, so to say professional, but you are never too "good", you never stop learning.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

My session that I care about most was a bright performance with many guests, here in Rome, in the gallery "La dolce vita gallery”.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Canon. I honestly don't have a single favorite lens, I like to experiment with various lenses, especially vintage ones.

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

If it is the goal of your life, follow it and persist. It won't be easy at all, but find your personal style to make it your signature and stand out from the others.

What do you think of our new magazine?

Your magazine is really interesting and it is a great opportunity for me to be able to

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