Anna di Prospero is not new to Lomography, we met her a few years ago when she had fun shooting with the La Sardina. Anna is a photographer who has already received several awards, such as the Sony World Photography in the Portraiture category, the People Photographer of the Year of the Photography Awards and the Discovery of the Year of the Lucie Awards 2011. Her works have been showed in many individual and collective exhibitions across Italy and the Unites States, among which Les Rencontres D’Arles, Month of Photography Los Angeles, FotoGrafia Festival Internazionale di Roma and La Triennale di Milano.
Anna is successfully continuing her photographic career, and today she tells us her latest news sharing some moments stolen from her daily life.
Hey Anna, it's nice having you back after a few years. We already know you, but could you still tell us when did you start taking self-portraits?
I have started photographing when I was 15 years old and I won a competition for young high schoolers in Latina. Then I decided to focus and study painting for three years. I started again to take pictures in 2007 when I found out about Flickr, a great source of inspiration for my first works.
What can you tell us about your evolution path of the last 3-4 years?
During the past four years, I have realized five new photographic series, and I participated in ten exhibitions, three of which were individual ones and in France. I also published my very first photographic book Marseille(s).
How do your projects come to life? When you create your pictures, do you follow your instinct or are they the results of a long and accurate preparation?
Study and preparation. In order to make a series, I can even spend years on it. At the moment, I am working on the last phases of two series begun in 2013.
Observing your pictures, I feel completely absorbed, I found myself in another soft and quiet dimension... they are truly hypnotic. Do your photos represent a specific trait of your personality or a way to detach yourself from it instead?
Thank you for these wonderful words! In my creative process, I do not think I want to completely express myself nor escape from it. My image aims to be an "also me" and not an "only me".
We read about your recent success at the MIA Fair. What is the secret of your success?
I do not think I can already speak about success. I am truly happy for the attention I am receiving but yet I am aware the journey is still long.
What is the best compliment you ever received?
Personally, I appreciate each compliment. I do not remember one in particular, I keep them all with deep gratitude.
Which part of your work do you like the most?
The strong emotions I feel every time I manage to translate my intentions into images.
Tell us about your relation with instant photography.
I have a true real adoration for instant photography. I use it in my creative process and in my daily life with family members and friends. I have a collection of ten instant cameras and I never leave the house without taking one with me.
Do you think there are differences regarding the approach and content compared to the classic analogical photography?
They are two completely different ways of thinking and conceiving photography.
To see other works by Anna, you can visit her website.