JONATHAN CHERRY: What got you started with photography?
KATIA CELESTINI: The first memory that I have linked to a camera dates back to when I was 8 years it was the Polaroid 1000 of my dad that I used to take pictures of my cat around the house and garden. I was fascinated by instant analogue photography. Observe the image appear gradually on the film seemed to me like a magic. Growing up, I abandoned photography for a while and I’m dedicated to drawing and writing that are two of my other great passions. After high school and University I began to photograph any day, so suddenly. Initially I used the smartphone’s camera, the Nokia N86, then I switched to a Nikon P90 with which I experimented the use of light by adjusting the timing, focus and ISO in every situation to get different effects and atmospheres. The Nikon has given me great satisfactions because I used it fully manually without the use of filters, that aren’t on P90 software, or image manipulation programs. Then I got a SLR camera, the Pentax Kx, which I alternate with a Panasonic Lumix GF1 which I love.
JC: Any emerging artists inspiring you at the mo?
KC: Annalee Harkins.
JC: Whats your current project all about?
KC: Currently I’m finishing to select the images that I recently took in an abandoned mansion of Caorso (Piacenza, Italy). The thing that attracted me to this great villa in Liberty style was his perfect degree of conservation, although it was completely abandoned for many years. This house is surrounded by thick vegetation along a street in the center of the country. In this house everything is intact and unaltered. Time seems to stand still. Photographing this house has sent me great emotion and sense of magic.
JC: Where are you currently living and how is it shaping you?
KC: I currently live in Brescia, Italy. My city is nestled among the lakes and mountains. Often I take refuge in the shadowy silence of the woods and I’m watching the threads of light that filter through the trees: this atmosphere is pure magic for me. The essence of my photography comes from here: from observing how light and shadow, overlapping, creating forms and give life to all things we see around us.
JC: One piece of advice to recent photography graduates?
KC: Seek the essence of things.
JC: Any big plans for 2012?
KC: In the summer I will prepare a photographic project about the history of my family, with original images ranging from the 30s to today and relevant moments of the lives of my grandparents, my uncles, my parents and me. With this project I want to show how photography has changed over time along with the history, its customs and traditions and how the photography is part of life for everyone.
JC: Favourite tree?
KC: Walnut and Magnolia.