“The camera is my time machine that allows me to draw an imaginary world full of different tones and vibrations,” says photographer Alessandra Favetto (born 1968 in Italy, now based in Sevilla, Spain). “Sometimes I jump in a surreal world where animals, plants and objects speak through allegories and metaphors, some other times I dive into the darkness of soul and translate into concepts its thousands facets.”
Alessandra brings the same level of dedication and ingenuity to both her monochromatic psychological portraits and her more colourful metaphorical scenes.
Her photographs speak of dilemmas, shyness, true and fake selves, freedom of movement, the many fragments of the psyche. And sometimes, hidden treasure…
On the creative act, Alessandra says: “Creating is driven by a fire, it’s a need like eating and sleeping. The pleasure is in the process itself, pleasure is creating, shooting, editing. Once the artwork is finished and I’m satisfied with the result, I immediately feel the urge to start a new work, as if the previous couldn’t feed my soul enough. So the fire keeps burning and I’m ready to start a new adventure all over again. I use metaphors, symbols, allegories; I love to interpret the unseen, ‘conceptual’ photography as they define it, although I’m not so keen on giving my art a tag, neither explaining what I want to transmit. I intend to let my images stand or fall by themselves, art is so subjective.”
Alessandra’s works have appeared in solo or group exhibitions throughout Italy and Spain. Many have also been licensed as book and magazine covers.
Featured photograph above is called “The Mask You Wear”.
Images used with permission.