- Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a photographer and very much in love with this planet more than anything else. What I like to do is to record magic moments of light with my camera. From time to time I exhibit my work.
- How long have you been a photographer?
I started taking photos when I was 13, my father taught me. I might have been a bit younger, but at 13 I remember taking a photography course. I then started developing in cameras and so on. I continued this passion mostly in my travels. It was very hard for me to document everyday life. I worked in television, for breaking news and that was very though.
- Tell us about the concept of Anima Mundi. How strongly is it connected to your photography?
Anima Mundi is the soul of the planet. I believe that we’re all made of energy: the sun, flowers, humans. Looking for Anima Mundi is actually capturing a magic moment. Nowadays we would call it magic, but the truth is this happens every day, we just don’t pay attention to it.
- Why Etna? How has it developed through your eyes?
Etna is a particular passion for me, I was born on Etna. I was lucky enough when I was a young girl to walk from the base of it until the top. I just fell in love with it. It is the most energic thing I’ve seen on this planet. It is so ancient and so powerful, no one can decide against it. This was the start of the passion: 20th of September 1981.
It is an active volcano so it has changed a lot. In my first exhibition there is a picture called “Baby South East”. It is called this way because it was a young crater, born at that time. Just a small hole on the side of the mountain. I have pictures of my dog running around it and now this crater is the biggest one of the existent four and the most active one.
- Has wine ever been a subject in your work?
Yes, I have a few passed pictures of people making wine, picking grapes, I enjoy it. I am Italian so wine is a subject of my life, not only photography!
- What is your favourite wine?
Nerello Mascalese! (shouts out Roberta).
- What is the best part of being a photographer?
It is very fulfilling when someone tells me they find emotions in my work. I consider myself a medium because I believe art already exists in the nature. When someone tells me it was very emotional to watch my photos I then understand I am doing the right thing. Also when I am alone and just capturing that something special in the nature; like a bird or a monkey stopping in front of me to make funny faces at me. If you are a centered person and if you are careful to capture the Anima Mundi you’ll be surrounded by magic.
- What keeps your photography fresh?
I find inspiration in the nature. But my daughter is my most reliant critic. She looks at my work and says what’s good and what’s not. I couldn’t do without her.
- What is the hardest part of your job?
It is not a well-paid profession. You have to work hard to succeed, especially in this digital era when everyone can become a photographer.
- What cameras do you use?
I love Nikon because I started with my father’s very old Nikon but I don’t have very special cameras. You don’t need them to be a photographer although it helps.
- What is your own favourite picture?
I have some beautiful pictures of trees that I’ve taken…. A tree more than 3,000 years old.
- Where should people come to see your next work?
I’ll be in Syracuse at Galleria Monte Vergini from the 30th of March until 25th of April for an exhibition called Chiamata alle Arti. After this I’ll be at a collective of arts in Noto. I am also planning something in Brazil but it is too early to talk about that.