March 15th, 2017
Jesse Gussow

Sometimes it’s challenging to write why I like a particular artist’s work. There is so much that I see in the work that it is really difficult to describe to others why that particular piece or body of work touches me so deeply. Chiara Fersini is one such artist. I was so captivated the first time I saw her images I needed to see more. It’s as though they spoke directly to me. At first glance everything looks beautiful but upon further inspection you can see the twisted nature of things in the image. I think that’s beautiful - just like Chiara’s photography - truly beautiful.


Where are you from?

I'm from Lecce, a city in the south of Italy.


How did you first get started in photography?

I started in 2007 after a journey in Japan, before that moment I had no interest in photography but then I suddenly fell in love with it.


It was your surreal photography that brought you to my attention. How did you get into that?

Surreal photography is about telling stories that have few or nothing to do with reality; by reality I mean what we look at when we open the window. Surreal literally means more than real and that's exactly what is it. I put in my photos my dreams, my intuitions, symbols, and my reality. All of this makes an image become a visual story, and that is also the reason why most people, as you say, are brought to me or to my art. They recognize in my images something they have inside, messages or archetypes (as Jung would say) that make them feel like "this means something to me". So my aim is to portray the human soul and its movements, colors and stories in order to carry out messages from the unconscious that can be answers for other people, too.


What do you shoot with? And why?

I use a Canon EOS 5D at the moment. That said, I do believe that photography is more than technique, it's more than having expensive equipment.  I'm deeply convinced that photography (the way it means to me) is not the camera; it's the eye that stands behind the camera. This is the reason why I chose not to buy a professional camera until it became necessary to grant a better quality when the passion for taking photos started to become a job.


For your surreal photography, how long does it take to shoot and edit the images, on average?

It depends. Sometimes only 2 or 3 hours but when the setting is more complex, as well as the editing, I can work on a photo even for 3 days!


When you do a shoot, how many photos do you take? Of those how many do you edit?

I take up to 500 photos but I usually edit only 2 or 3 of them.


If you could travel to any place in time, where would you go and why? Would you bring your camera?

I would love to travel back to the pre-Colombian era and visit Mayan, Aztec and Incan civilizations and of course I would bring my camera!!


How have you grown as an artist since you first started?

It actually feels like it's been a century! I've grown up so much in 10 years; I've changed everything not only that concerns my way of seeing art and photography, but also my personal life. I like change, in fact, I need it. I need to change everything at least once every 2 years, so I've changed the way I edit photos and the way I take photos, the palette of colors I use and the concepts I choose to tell.


What is your favourite book? And why?

My favourite book is the "Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon because it truly brought me into the story as if I were really living there. Moreover, I love Spain!


Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies? Or some other delicious treat?

I love my mum's homemade fruit and nut cake.


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