Interview#45 Viviane Izzo
How old are you?
Where are you from?
I’m from Italy.
What kind of photographic equipment do you use?
I use a NikonD90.
What do you do when you are not shooting?
Well, I actually spend my time thinking about my next shootings, planning them, searching for new models and always trying to find some inspiration by the people I meet, the places I see and the music I hear.
Which was the first photograph you were proud of?
Mh, it’s quite complicated. I’m never really accomplished with my photos, at least no more than a day after I shoot them.
But I think.. it was a close portrait of a girl. She had always been portraited as a beautiful sensual girl, more like a sexual toy than a real person, so I tried to capture her inside by pointing her eyes straight into the camera. It was really difficult to her to let me break her appearance, but the best thing about that photo is that she gave up on fighting my lens, and the final result is that her soul is completely naked, everyone is able to read it and explore it, and I found my own personal style.
How much preparation is there behind your photographs?
It depends on the kind of the photoshoot.
Some are really spontanous, without any kind of preparation, they just come out of nothing inspired by the model or the setting or the clothes.
Others are studied for days and days, I like to work a lot with my subjects to create something that they feel as their own, and then I just think about the little details.
Have you ever done sacrifices or compromises as a photographer?
Sacrifices are inevitable, you spend a lot of money, time planning, shooting and retouching, but I think it doesn’t really feel so heavy when you do it for the biggest passion you have.
As for compromises, I think that in every field, work implies that. When photography turns into your job you’re not the one who decides, you must respect the will of the other person you work with, even if sometimes you don’t share their likes.
What is your safe place?
The arms of the man I love.
Do you have any obsessions?
I have the strange belief that everything is associable with a colour.
I’m obsessed by everything that’s red like Love, Blood, Pasionate people, red hair and white skin and things like that.
I’m also obsessed by the figure of the woman, the body, the delicacy and the sensuality that characterizes it.
Is there an artist you’ll gladly collaborate with or that you regard with esteem?
I deeply admire Nima Benati, I’m in love with each one of her works.
She’s almost my age, and she has already had so many important collaborations in the world of the Fashion, she’s my referential model and I aim to be like her.
▶Death seems is often present as a subject in your photos, are you afraid of it? Are you trying to “exorcise” it through your work?
Well, it’s actually the opposite.
I’m attracted by everything that brings along pain, the desire to vanish, anxiety, emptiness, fear, ‘cause they affected so much my life that I feel the incontrollable desire to explain them to a world that only considers noticeables wounds.
I would be very proud if my work would help people like me feeling understood and less alone.
[If you want to see more, find her on behance.net/vivianeizzo]