Giulia Valente

My name is Giulia Valente, I live in Italy and I’m a portrait and fine art photographer.
I’ve always had a big passion for figurative art: here in Italy, with a lot of museums and living next to centuries of art, it’s easy to fall in love with the Renaissance and Baroque masters, like Tiziano, Leonardo, Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Caravaggio, and all the other great ancient painters. In 2006 I graduated at Padua University, in Disciplines of Art, Music, and Theatre, because it was a perfect way to study and know deeper this three beautiful matters.
I was driven to portrait photography after a sad personal experience, that made me realize what is obvious: life is too short to waste it. And photography became a more serious game.
I had started using analog and digital cameras lots of years ago at concerts, but then, three years ago, I felt that this was not enough, and that I needed to find another way to express myself. The love for art, cinema and music found his natural way in portrait photography, so I started taking portraits, studying light, composition, and color, trying to catch that warm yellow-green mesmerizing light of the Italian masters, like Leonardo, and recreate it in my photos.
I mostly take my inspiration from the Italian and Flemish painters of XV and XVI centuries: I have always seen photography as painting’s “younger sister”, and here in Europe we have a huge, precious treasure of amazing artists to look at. My projects often focus on the Victorian Era, I see it as a mesmerizing time, where magic meets costume and fashion. I love recreating the mysterious atmospheres of the XIV century, and let the viewer dwell on the image’s details, objects, symbols. I’m a big fan of cinema, in particular 1930s-40s’ noir movies, so I search inspiration in old films too; and also in my favourite books and songs.
While planning a new shooting, one of the most challenging things for me is to search for the “right face”, that could better represent the purpose of the shot: this doesn’t mean that the model has to be beautiful-stop. This means that his/her personality has to come across, and has to fit, and in some way dialogue and interact, with my initial idea: this is the biggest bet behind every shooting, because you can control light/lens/props/clothes/makeup/style, but you can’t control the emotions and the connection between the photographer and the subject.
Photography is the best way that I know to clear my mind: while thinking to a new project, while photographing someone, while retouching…my mind is in some way empty, and creativity and imagination are finally set free. Most of it, I think that photographing human beings is like looking at yourself in a mirror: you see yourself while looking at someone else, you see your emotions, your feelings, your fears, reflected in the other person’s eyes. In the end, I think that if you are able to look in the right way, you can see your own soul.