What is the best thing that I love about my work? My visual work is a process. I use photography as healing practice. It gives me the power to question everything; who I am, what I think, what I feel, my education, society & Religion to name but a few”. It reveals itself as a process “of knowing” yourself as both “ the observer” and ‘the observed”. The process lived through photography becomes a personal life experience; a sort of self-analysis and at the same time, a reflexion of yourself in the mirror of humanity – as ‘liberation”: re – appropriation of our own power, lost through that pain that has been created by old structures, caused by fears, repressing emotions or wrong beliefs, that have damaged us, carved in our subconscious mind as forgotten ghosts.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? What is perfect happiness? Waking up in the morning and been grateful that I am alive…. I am so lucky! I can breathe, I can walk, I can talk, I can smell, I can feel, I can think, I can love, I can see beautiful things… and getting to the point in life where I can accept that the truth is there, in who we are, and that perfect happiness is a state of mind.
What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear was not being able to accept myself as I am…. now I don’t have fears.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I am very stubborn, I work on different projects at the same time. When I begin something, either a photography project or something in life, I want to finish it as fast as possible, whatever it is … This attitude makes me waste time and opportunities, because even at the cost of dying, I am very focused on my way and I keep going till I get there, forgetting about my surrounding and people. Sometimes I fail, but then I re-start again. I am a very demanding person. This can be changed.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? I admire many photographers and artists. Everyone has his own way of expression, giving different emotions. They get me inspired. The first photographer I admired, when I began to study photography, was Diana Arbus.
What is my greatest extravagance? Writing and collecting real stories, I love having real conversations with people, listening to them, I always take note of sentences or words that people tell me, and then I make beautiful stories on my own.
On what occasion would I lie? I decided not to lie anymore. I am straightforward, I say things like they are for better or for worse. But if I had to lie, one day, I would do it only for love, to make another person happy.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I don’t dislike my work otherwise why would I do it? I am aware that many people don’t like it, because it is real, raw, different, disturbing sometimes, it is what it is. Sometimes, it is difficult for me, to show my projects in galleries or taking part to open calls or exhibitions because of naked bodies. Most of the curators are difficult to please, so I am looking for the right niche, where I can be myself and find the balance between my personal/emotional and commercial side.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I have always been happy and excited every time I started and pursued my photography – art projects because they are fun, sometimes complicated, full of mystery, surprises, adventurous, creative. They make me feel alive. It is a necessity for me. I can meet new people with whom to co-operate together and create beautiful art.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would change nothing, it took me all my life to love myself as I am, so why now would I have to change something? I love myself.
What is my greatest achievement in work? I discovered the hidden Artist that I am.
I would say this is one of the greatest achievements in work. I discovered someone in me who wants to shout the truth, who wants to come out fiercely… I saw myself drawing, which I never did before…and the drawings were beautiful…I discovered myself writing documentary stories of people, and that was a shock for me, because I never liked writing… I created complex photography – video projects (still ongoing) that I never thought I was able to imagine, using photography as a freedom pass to access secret worlds. All is a learning process, a personal growth on a human and artistic level.
Where would I most like to live? I would love to live in a house, by the sea, where my studio will be, not far away from a big city full of opportunities. The house has big windows, it is very luminous, my studio is the living room, I work with natural light. I am connected with the world, through Internet, being present everywhere. Friends come and visit me and we have great time together. I travel. During the break from work, I enjoy having some coffee, looking at the sea outside the window, or walking along the beach to relax my mind, and think nothing.
What is my most treasured possession? My life, I am a miracle.
What is my most marked characteristic? I am very imaginative and open minded, I don’t judge, I love playing like a little child and create with other people, not just by myself. I see humanity as a theatre, where all the people are characters who live this beautiful place, including myself ..
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? There are so many, but normally are the streets in London, everywhere I look inspires me if it caught my attention.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I am based in Stock Newington and I love that area very much. I don’t have favourite places but I love coffee places or unusual new hidden places where to go, work and relax: Church Street, Broadway market, or around Shoreditch area…
What books influenced my life and how? My life has been influenced by many things, few sentences or quotes found in books. My favourite book has always been “ Alice in the Wonderland” of Lewis Carrol, because it is full of adventure and meaning of life. However, I read about anything, mostly essays… I love Siddartha by Herman Hesse, Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, “Consuming life” and “Liquid modernity” of Zygmunt Bauman, “Life Ahead”, “The urgency of change” by Jiddu Krishnamurti etc… Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it
Who are my favourite writers? Anyone who catches my attention, I don’t have preferences.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? “You take my breath away” – Queen
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Wonder Woman
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My mother and my father, who gave me life and supported me. They taught me wonderful lessons…the most important one is integrity.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? There are so many, it is difficult to choose just one.
What role plays art in my life and work? Art plays the leading role. My life is art, all the people I met, I talked, I co-operate with are art…
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My dearest friends, those who really support me and help me to achieve my goals…It is hard to find people who really appreciate what you do and are happy about your successes.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? Encounters, people who I don’t know, for future photography projects …but I would love to co-operate and work with Magnum photo agency and with influencial magazines of photography, like been commissioned on a photography art project by the British Journal of Photography …
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? Donna Ferrato, Marina Abramovic, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Sally Mann,
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I am working on two long photography – video projects, since 2015: they are multimedia and include video, photography, a book and a magazine, which I have never done before, so it is complicated at the moment. Before starting new projects, I would love to finish this phase of my life. Last year I started a new photography project, based on trust, would love to complete that one as well.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? There is an exhibition at the moment held in Venice – called – Liquid Rooms, the Labyrinth – it is about artists who analyse their inner path and their artistic career, searching their identities as artists and as human beings. I presented a video – art called – Do you love yourself? – it is a monologue of 9 minutes and 41 seconds. I have a couple of photography exhibitions: one at The Waiting Room in Dalston, London this Thursday, 22 March, organised by ‘Under my feet’ called “After Sex” and one in Whitechapel Gallery on June ..
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” means to me? My passion will always be my best friend. It will inspire me through the years left. You can retire from work but never from being truly inspired.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Francesca Sand, Chiara De Palo, Orlando Callegaro,
How can you contact me?
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