Marika Saonari | Genoa, Italy

Short bio…

Born in 1988, Marika’s interest in photography was kindled as a child when her father gave her an old camera. Since then, she has never stopped using analog equipment. Later on she begun to collect old cameras (284 up to now) and she still trying most of them. She studied design in Milan and then moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins college of art. In 2011 she got a master in photography at Csf Adams institute in Rome. She’s trying to work as a freelance artist.

You shoot film because…

I shoot film because I like the feelings of excitement and curiosity you have before having your negative developed, it’s not like digital photography where you can immediately see what you’ve done. You need to wait, to be patient and so there’s something that grows inside you. I personally love to spend time in my darkroom, I love to see the picture that appears in the photographic paper. The analog photography makes me feel proud of myself, of what I’m doing, makes me feel creative.

Your photography feels like…

I like pictures that transmit something, for example personal feelings. In my photography there is always a little bit of melancholy and idyllic sense. If I had to draw analogies with something I would probably mention music by Chelsea Wolfe and Godspeed You Black Emperor. Regarding cinema I’m very inspired by Maya Deren’s films such as Man Ray but also François Truffaut. I find really interesting the idea of transferring personal night dreams into photography.

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