Cristina Coral’s photography seeks to document the intangible, the unseen, the emotions and the memories that are within us all. Cristina’s portraits, often anonymous, are filled with introspection, staging her subjects in a moment of private self-reflection or lost in a memory.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you first got started in photography.
I grew up in Trieste, a small town located in the northeastern part of Italy and I have lived my childhood in an artistic environment. A few years ago, I decided to do something creative and this is when I picked up a camera and I started to explore by using it. I’m still in the process of experimenting and will likely never end.
Who or what are your main sources of inspiration?
I think my father has been my master in life. His creativity has influenced my thought and increased my sensitivity. My works are also triggered by observation of reality, thoughts and memories.
The recurring theme throughout your work is a sense of solitude, the subject in a state of self-reflection and being lost in a moment – you have described this before as the “emotional baggage of memory”. Why is this such a strong motif in your work?
I don’t want to highlight the external beauty but to capture the traces of the internal dialogue.
Your locations and color palette are equally nostalgic; do you seek out locations to match your concept for a series or do you find that the location itself can inspire the concept?
Both. Researching places is a creative act and very often the starting point of my stories.
Do you have any advice for new photographers trying to find their voice and develop their own personal photographic style?
I think that artistic freedom plays a fundamental role in determining your own style and experimenting is the key.
Are you working on any new projects that you can tell us about?
It’s still top secret 🙂
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