We are delighted to show you the incredible work of Italian photographer Silvia Berton. Berton once worked as a model but quickly became more creative behind the camera than in front of one. Her work although often minimal is full of character, strength and narrative. Images that make you want to linger, reflect upon and soak up their visual impact. There is an imaginative almost otherworldly effect that leaves a long-lasting impression. Berton’s compositions set an atmosphere that is beguiling, that draws you in to a story that you are yet to understand. When looking at her work you feel like you have fallen into someone elses dream, its real without reality, it’s mysterious and passionate and almost always leaves you without telling you the ending.
This is such beautiful, striking work thank you Silvia for sharing with us.
Self taught or art school?
Self taught. I worked as a model when I was in high school and kept doing so to pay my studies at the university. During those years I began to be fascinated by the camera, the lighting process and the way a simple body can express so much just by adding one detail from one shot to the other. One day a teacher of mine gave me as a present my first digital reflex, since I was always making so many questions while he was shooting. From there on I started to do my own pictures, both digital and analog, and I realized I was more interested in what it was happening behind the camera rather than in front of it.
My approach to photography reflects somehow my initial work as a model: working in studio and creating shapes, rather than trying to capture an image as a document. I had a sad childhood and a lot of very bad experiences. Taking pictures was a way to work on myself and my dark past, as well as a way to exorcize the monsters I was carrying with me.
If you could own one work of art what would it be?
Anish Kapoor and his ability to reach the essential of things.
How would you describe your style?
Generally speaking I tend to keep a raw look, minimal components, natural lighting. Rather than a specific style though, I recognize there are recurring themes I worked on during the years. At first sight my work could even appear stylistically incoherent, but as another artist told me once, my incoherence is my consistency. I think it is the way I dig into it that makes it coherent, not the way I shoot it.
Where are your favourite places to view art?
Art galleries specialized in minimal art for sure, but traveling is my first inspiration. Natural landscapes are perfectly shaped in a sort of artistic balance. When I find a location I really like I tend to incorporate that in a picture or it can become an inspiration for a new project. I really like silent places. The opportunity to dive into a really quiet place gives me the opportunity to listen my own voice, to connect with the piece of art I am working on, to leave behind the noise which we are usually surrounded by.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
I don’t think I had ever favorite artists, rather favorite art works. That’s because to me it is not a matter of style, rather a matter of connection with a specific piece. I believe we – as a human beings – are always struggling for answers. At least I do. I always question myself about tons of things. So when I recognize in a piece of art the same question I am doing to myself in that specific moment, that’s when – as a viewer – I connect to that particular piece and it becomes one of my favorites.
But – as I said – I am always questioning myself, that’s why my favorites are always changing, because what I ask myself change all the time. At the moment I feel very close to works by Christo, Anish Kapoor and Michelangelo’s Pietà.
What or who inspires your art?
It’s my own life, the experiences I had, my past and my present.
Where’s your studio and what’s it like?
I do not have a studio. Sometimes I would like to, but I think I would spend too much time trying to get the lights right just as an exercise. I am not interested in that. When I want to shoot I think at the location first, could be outdoor or indoor. If it’s a studio I need than I rent it. In this way I am sure I am using it because I really chose it, rather than to use it because I have it there ready for me.
Do you have any studio rituals?
When I have an idea for a new shot I usually wait a long time before actually taking the picture. I could even wait 7-8 months. If after such a long time I am still thinking about that picture it means it’s such a strong idea or need I really have to do it. Than it means it’s the right moment. On the other way if I don’t remember about it it means it’s not strong enough.
What are you working on currently?
I am currently exploring and reworking some art works of the past which survived during the centuries and are so strong that they became iconic. Somehow they became symbols that vibrate from one generation to the next one and that are still contemporary. I try to show what emerges the most from my point of view.
Where can we buy your art?
You can buy my pictures at some galleries I work with or you get in touch with me directly by email at email@example.com.
What are your ambitions?
My only hope is to keep my incoherent consistency. I hope I will be able to always take only the pictures I feel I really need to take, those who really resonate with me and that I take for myself rather than for others. I want to keep focused on what I want to say, rather than what people would like to hear from me.