Interview: Model Ginevra Hawk (Italy)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I’m Ginevra. I’m 34 years old, in love with any form of art, since when I was a baby: I started singing, playing guitar, dancing, and now modeling.
How did you start modelling?
Two years ago, during one of my fire juggling performance, a photographer proposed me to pose for him in a abandoned castel. I was really excited about it, so I accepted! That was my first photo shooting and I’ve never wanted to stop doing it.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change anything about my physical appearance. Every scar, every inner and outer sign makes me who I am now. I always ask photographers not to use Photoshop to change what may seem like aesthetic flaws, because in reality it is the elements that distinguish me from high models.
What is your beauty regimen?
I'm an atypical photomodel: I don't have sculpted abs, I have natural hair, I don't diet and I don't make a heavy makeup. I like to be transparent, I like to be myself!
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
Photographers say that I stand out from other photomodels because I don't just pose: I like to create clothes, co-create projects with the photographer, while I pose observe the techniques of photographers and try to learn from them to be able to be in tune with them, to imagine how they observe me through the camera.
What does photography mean to you?
To me photography is a way of living. Thanks to it I can show different aspects of my life seen by the eyes of several artists. This leads me to a journey of personal groth.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My photography style seems to give a fusion of melanchonic and sensual vibes.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I get inspiration from daily things that happen in my life. It may be a poetry quote, a flower or a song that i heard in the morning. Everything that surround me has a meaning and i want to represent it through my photos.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?
I use to think in advance about the background of the photos, like outfit, location or promps, but once the shooting is started i let the emotions drive me through it. I truly believe that being spontaneous is the key for credibility and authenticity.
Studio, on location or both?
I love doing Shooting in location because it’s easier for me to take part of the scene and become a whole thing with it. Some of my fave location are old abandoned building and the wild nature.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?.
I started doing photoshoots as a hobby, but now, being almost 2 years into it, i’d like to consider it as job and call my self a paid professional.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I have many memorable session, because any of them have been important for my journey and were significant for the moment i were living. I love thinking about the exictement of my first shooting but even the adrenaline and self confidence that i had in the next ones. Everytime i pose i feel like i’m growing, so i think that any shooting is like a building block for those that are coming.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
As a Model i don’t have a real preference between Canon or Nikon, and i don’t even have the capabilities to express my opinion about it. What i can say is that i prefer when the photographer has the skills to work properly with the model, the light and the location beside the camera he is using.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
To always follow your passion and your instict. Belive in yourself and in what your capable of. Keep studying and discovering new styles and techniques but try make them yours with your creativity and personality. Never lose the capicity to Amaze the audience but most important to amaze yourself.
What are your plans for the future?
For the future I have several photo tours in store to be able to shoot with always different photographers from whom I can improve more and more. I hope I can always continue to be an atypical photomodel, who likes to make Art and be part of it.
What do you think of our new magazine?
It’s been a while since I started following your magazine and i find it very interesting. High quality and variety is what characterize you the most, but i really love the ability to represent every aspects and every circumstances through photography. It’s also a good source of artistic inspiration.