Emanuele Camerini is a photographer born in Rome in 1987.
Right now he attends the international photojournalism semester at The Danish School of Media and Journalism in Arhus. He is a classmate to our friend Rebecka Uhlin and that is how we found him!
He began his work photographing various theatrical realities in Italy, especially in Puglia. In 2010 he graduated in photography at European Institute of Design (IED) in Rome.
My window looks out to a lake. There are trees all around it and fog surrounds it almost all the time during this season.
Where do you find inspiration?
Music is my main inspiration source. It’s something which gives me the possibility to get lost in my thoughts, and think about what I want to achieve with my photographs in my mind. Movies and especially tv series are also a great way to get inspired. It’s always exciting, for me, to see in how many different ways it’s possible to tell stories and then reflect on how you can find your own way to do it.
“The Twelfth Night” is my most recent work, realized for my diploma project at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus (DK).
It’s about one of the most famous legend in the Faroe Islands, the Seal Woman’s one. I always wanted to confront myself with the supernatural world and with my diploma I had the chance to finally do it.
In the beginning I was looking for inspirations and stories all over Europe, but soon I realized that I needed to narrow down the topic, which otherwise would have been to wide to cover properly.
When I read about this legend, I knew that it was the perfect one, because it includes in itself many different layers and feelings. It’s a story about mystery, love and fear; about being allowed to create a new identity away from the native land and about longing to return home both literally and figuratively. The catchy side of it, in my opinion, is that still today it’s common belief in the Faroe that people born with their toes webbed together are descendants of the Seal Woman’s family.
I spent five weeks in the Islands, traveling around the little villages where the legend is originally set to feel the atmosphere of the story. It has been an amazing experience meeting old villagers and hear from them how this legend influenced their life.
What hour of the day do you like the most and what do you do at that hour?
I really do love early morning hours when everything is silent and calm. Especially when I have to focus on some ideas and some writing I much rather prefer this time than the afternoon. The peace you can experience during those hours, it’s something hard to find somewhere else in the day. But if I have to photograph I love do it in the late evening or night. Since I moved to Scandinavia, the light you have at that time of the day it’s just perfect.
What is your biggest fear?
To waste time. I’ve already did it too much.
How do you challenge yourself?
This year at the Danish School gave me the opportunity to experiment a lot and I’m very glad of that because now I feel I grew a lot visually. I learned that you have to be sure of your skills but never stop to challenge yourself on what you consider your weak spots. That’s the only way to improve as a person and as a photographer.
When was the last time you made someone happy?
Oh I really don’t know, you should ask them; I hope not so long time ago!
Giving and sharing something with the people around you is one the best feeling I know.
Tell us about people you get inspired from.
It’s so hard to answer. I can tell for sure that probably my most important inspiration comes from Alec Soth’s work. His vision is just something which impresses me so much, I could stare at his portraits for hours.
But I love as well the intimacy you can find in the work of Elinor Carucci and Phillip Toledano. Their delicate and intimate way of storytelling is something which I really admire. I’d like to add also the work of Lucas Foglia, a young american photographer, whom I discovered some months ago. Amazing.
See more from Emanuele here