Meet Paula Latimori, the Photographer Who Will Leave You Breathless
On the heels of a pictorial project that could very well define Paula Latimori‘s career, the Barcelona-based photographer is viscerally connecting the dots between the images inside her mind and the final product of her handiwork in a more tangible way than ever. It’s a process that, with enough imagination and the right team behind it, can bring dream sequences to life.
If Latimori’s aesthetic piques your interest as much as it did ours, read on for a deeper dive inside her head.
Tell our readers about yourself!
I’m 26 years old, I live in Barcelona, I do photography and, I also play the bass. I’m not that good at describing myself so far, but I am a regular girl who loves art so much, and could never live with out it. Photography is the best way I find to express myself.
Your imagery is so ethereal and distinctive; it often depicts women in such a cool, interesting light. What’s your approach in that respect?
I love to photograph women because I feel they have so much to say and show to this world. I like to photograph them as if they were a painting versus a picture.
How is “Plastic Mood” different from the other projects you’ve worked on in the past?
Well, it’s very different because this editorial is photographed in a studio with flash and in digital and I do my pictures mostly outside with natural light and analogue. It feels very different while you do it and when it comes to working the result.
I was also determined to do dipthycs that were related to each other thanks to a similar chromatism and the idea of plastic as an unnatural element. We played with flowers in order to generate controversy between the living and dead.
What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not working?
I like to play music quite a lot; I play the bass (I used to play drums too when I was a kid). I love rock and roll so I would be just listening to a record and dreaming away. I also like to go to the sea, spend time with friends, and talk about life.
What led you to become a photographer?
I got my first camera when I was 7 years old. I’ve always photographed. But I started to take it seriously when I was 22; I started my career in photography and then I studied cinema afterward. I don’t know why I chose this, but I chose it.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Funny question. I don’t have a clue! I hope I’m playing music, singing, screaming for freedom, making beautiful pictures, traveling, still being a kid. Because that’s what we all are, or at least that’s how I see us.
Would you rather shoot only film or only digital for the rest of your life?
I prefer film; it fits with my personality and the way I experience photography. But I would like to shoot in digital more and get a similar look. It’s way cheaper.
Any new work or projects on the horizon that you can tell us about?
I want to start working more with concepts. I need to put more soul and more conscience into it. I would love to start photographing things I see in my dreams.
What’s your favorite memory of all time?
I’ve got lots of good ones. I was diving in Brazil for Christmas in 2012 and I saw some incredible creatures down there; I remember I started crying out of happiness. I was so thankful for that moment. And when it started raining, we got out and ate some strawberries with chocolate.
Also, at Lollapalozza in 2013, I saw Pearl Jam for the first time…they blew my mind. A Perfect Circle played too. That was epic, such a party!
Images courtesy of Paula Latimori
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