Intimate and Intriguing Self-Portrait Photography By Chantal Convertini
Chantal Convertini, who is also known in art photography and social media as Paeulini, is a talented art and commercial photographer based in Basel, Switzerland.
In our Issue #13, Chantal talks about how she started in her artistic journey, her passion for capturing the moment and human forms, and her technique in shooting including her intimate self-portraits.
I have always been interested in photography, even though I started my journey in the art world with painting and drawing. I got my first camera when I was 15 years old and since then I just kept taking pictures.
Over the years, my photography has transitioned from just capturing memories to really creating something visually unique. I have tried to bring my ideas to life in the same way that a painter uses a white canvas.
Creating self-portraits are my way of purifying all the emotions and put it together in an image for me to actually see. I don’t need any words in the final outcome and don’t have to articulate to anybody what I am doing and why I am doing it.
It’s a direct communication from emotions to an image. The process is very beautiful and has provided me with a healing process. In a way, I’m as free as I can be to think, act and create whatever I want.
Creating self-portraits are my way of purifying all the emotions and put it together in an image for me to actually see.
My style is certainly more on the darker, melancholic side but it’s also very strong and dreamy.
When it comes to subject matter, I’m just drawn to human form over and over again. No landscape or still life has ever moved me as much as faces and bodies do. My style is certainly more on the darker, melancholic side but it’s also very strong and dreamy.
I just came back from New York City where I accompanied my friend and designer Sandra Rodrigues Pinto in a number of photo-shoots and now I do have time to plan new projects for the coming year. For one thing I want to finish my first photography book, and also I want to organize an artist gathering in Corsica which is a wonderful and magical place.
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