Poignant Portfolio no. 4: Chiara Dondi
by Chiara Dondi
I have always chosen feminine individuals trying to understand their secrets, thoughts and fears. Looking to the mountain of photos that I have in my archive I can find out this central idea of introspection, like a big research of a common language that can go beyond our differences. This selection wants to give this idea of strength, fragility and gestures in an all women's way.
I'm a film photographer based in Italy. I grew up in northern Italy and studied design in Florence. I was interested in painting since I was a little child and while growing up, I discovered photography. During these years I developed my technique with analog photography, trying to combine film photography with my painter’s soul.
After the development, I use to colorize the photos with watercolors and give my unique interpretation of that particular moment.
I always use bioptical cameras with B&W Ilford film. My inspiration comes from my background, from my family's traditions and home-place and from music. I always accompanied a new shoot with an inspirational musical soundtrack.