I am Valeria, born and raised in Rome, with the love for photography inherited from my father who first made me know some technical aspects, and then I continued as self-taught from 2016 to today. I started photographing to escape from the routine, without having a specific idea in mind of what to photograph. In a short time, I realized that what interested me was everyday life because with photography I could interpret the reality as I wanted. Thus I started my journey with photography.
Moments of life freely interpreted, which amaze me or provoke an emotional involvement with the scene, to give a vision of everyday life often suspended between reality and fiction. I think with my photos, rather than documenting reality, I often want to create a bridge between what I see and what I feel when I shoot.
The first years I wandered aimlessly through the streets of Rome with the intention of finding something that surprised me even in the city where I live. The human interactions, the suggestions dictated by the colors and the lights scattered in the urban space were at the center of my attention. Later I began to feel the desire to get away from the streets of the city center and look for places where the natural element prevails or coexists with the urban one. Today I like to photograph and explore the life that flows in these places.
Especially in Rome. Since my latest work, Mareterno, made together with the photographer and friend Lorenzo Catena, I realized that the places close to home can be full of interesting stories and locations to explore in time, without haste. This is why I like to return to a place several times, also interacting with people, and this is mainly possible in the place where I live, especially if I want to create a long-term project.
Of course, I also love to photograph while traveling to open my mind and let myself be guided by the stimuli you feel when visiting a new place.
Every time I see something that makes me feel the irrepressible desire to fix a moment in a photograph, wherever I am. It is a natural impulse that is part of my daily life.
Although photography is mostly an individual experience, I really like the way it makes me feel connected with the world and sometimes even with the people I photograph. But most of all, I realized that photography is the best excuse to live experiences that I would never have lived without a camera in my hand.