”AS FOR ME, I’M VERY LITTLE”
With a camera and thoughtful planning, Italian artist Valentina Loffredo(@thatsval) leads us into her world of beauty and possibilities.
Where feelings can take geometric shapes, solitude can be playful and recharging, and where being little is an opportunity.
What role does the photographer have in society?
What themes do you pursue?
What other photographers / filmmakers have been inspirational to your work?
What do you think makes a memorable photograph?
What do you want viewers to take away from your work?
What motivates you to continue taking pictures?
What are some of your favourite books on photography – what do you have about them?
When you’re shooting how much is planned and how much is instinctual?
How has social media played a role in your photography?
What advice would you give yourself if you started in photography all over again?
Photography curator and critic, Denis Curti on the group of works ‘As For Me, I’m Very Little’What is needed is a radical change of perspective. Only a new angle of vision, free from formalism, can give access to the playful and spontaneous creativity that is implied in each image of As For Me, I’m Very Little. In this regard, it is the author herself to give us the first important clue to her personal approach to photography. And she does so by revealing that the title of her series is not simply a concise indication of its content, but the acronym of her name: Very Little stands (also) for Valentina Loffredo. Little and tiny is, indeed, the figure of the author who, with wide eyes open, looks at the world with enchantment and delicate sensibility.“I choose a place that I find interesting and somehow familiar (pools, patterned walls, factory buildings) and I change it slightly, to build another one that is just the same, but for an element of surprise. […] What I would like to convey is the grace we indulge in when we look beyond, when we expose ourselves to something that we had not considered, with curiosity and vulnerability.”
The search for a meaning that lies beyond the surface is an endemic need that drives the aesthetic and stylistic values of Valentina Loffredo’s out of stage photography. And her words seem pronounced specifically for this photographic series, which tell the story of reality by transforming it, and make us doubt that what we are looking for, in reality, it is not as it appears.