Interview with Diadà
2016-09-29 In interviews
I’m very shy, even if I don’t look it, and vice versa. I really love vegetables, apart from cucumbers. If I’m in the tropics, I like fresh fruit even better, especially passion fruit. I’m afraid of monotony and monogamy, and have been ever since I can remember. My parents baptized me Francesca Nicolosi (just like that professional photographer – but I’m not her), although my dad calls me Giorgio or Michele all the time. When I’m shooting I’m Diadà. Anyway, considering I got un-baptized a few years ago, you can call me whatever you like. I was born on October 13th, 1975, in Northern Italy, and since I was 18 I have lived a nomadic existence.
I shoot anywhere I happen to be. I go from mundane situations in the dullest places, to situationist events in squats, from the reality I perceive in that particular moment, to concrete or natural landscapes. This is why I need to live with my friends, from one house to another, or travelling in a van, often changing towns and cities, and when I can afford it, even countries or continents.
I think I took my first picture in the summer of ’07, perhaps. That was when the urgency of living together with my cameras was born (if we’re sleeping outside we regularly sleep together), even if I’m not shooting all the time. However, the real obsession started when I’ve met that bunch of photography junkies at FotografiDiStrada : discovering that you’re not alone in this nice, sweet addiction helps a lot.
It depends on which one of my various personalities prevails at that specific moment , and of course I get influenced by what surrounds me. I shoot anything I see and/or anything that sees me. I like to seek out those compulsive gestures, the emptiness outside and inside us, the animal, human and not-so-human kingdom.
I don’t sleep much. I’m carried away by emotions, and I love it.