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Photography by ione

Jul 04, 2017

Ione is a young Italian artist and future scientist who creates fascinating photographs that belong to the surreal and the uncanny. Extraordinary images that could be depicted during our dreams and relate to our fears and fantasies. Drawing inspiration from various artists and topics, Ione seeks for those special details and atmospheres that question reality and create unearthly moments worth preserving for future contemplation and interpretation. Following we present an interview that we had with the artist: am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us? I - My name is Ione; actually I have chosen this name because with English pronunciation it has a beautiful sound, but also because in Italian (I was born in the north of Italy, in the Alps) it sounds like ‘ion’ and 'aeon’, words which make me think of the mixture between the Infinitely small and the infinitely large, or everything that escapes the daily perception, but which characterizes the moments of alienation that are the incipit and the first inspiration for what I create. I studied modern literature and soon I will immerse in theoretical physics and astrophysics studies. Finally, I often take pictures. am - How did you start in photography? I - In 2013 I had my first encounter with film and old Soviet cameras: then I began to create my own aesthetics, more or less consciously. am - Your images are very surreal, like dreams or even nightmares, what draws your to work around these ideas? I - You talked about dreams and nightmares, a part of my life that I feel of vital importance and inspiration: they escape control. As I said earlier, the idea comes to an end when reality avoids itself and something 'weird’ - a detail, an atmosphere - strikes my imagination and pushes me to compose a picture, and also casualty plays a role of non-secondary importance. It’s a way like another to make the reality something MINE. am - What inspires your work? I - Everything and nothing in particular: a naked female body lying in the shadows, an unusual object, the light that filters between the leaves in the garden, a rusty cross in an abandoned cemetery. am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists? I - I have a threefold answer: firstly I appreciate, I love and I am devoted to the photographic work (and not only) of Marco Malattia, where a certain kind of destructive and disruptive pornography is married with chaotic and out of all predictability atmospheres; on the other side of the medal I put David Hamilton: in his work, girlish femininity (my favorite) is shown in all its evanescence and out of time impalpability. For the same reason, I also add the photographic work (and not only, again) of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, where poses and expressions appear to me as vacuous, dreamy and out of place. am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words? I - Curiouser, still, insubstantial. am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go? I - Nepal. am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment? I - Sigillum S, with the album “Bardo Thos-grol”. am - What’s your favourite movie? I - Hard question, I must mention at least two titles: ‘Picnic at hanging rock’ and ‘L’Odissea’, an italian 1968 miniseries based on Homer’s Odissey, my favourite epic poem. am - What is your favourite photo book? I - ‘Dreams of a young girl’, by David Hamilton. am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine. I - Thank you for giving me this opportunity!

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