Interview with Sara Nicomedi
Since I was about three years old, I have imagined I would travel the world as a dancer. I attended the National Academy of Dance in Rome up until my late teens. Then I discovered that the Nofx inspired my dancing far more than Chopin’s compositions. I left the Academy to enroll in an artistic high school and immediately after graduating, I joined the Rome School of Photography. I worked as a waitress, teacher of decorating arts, and wedding photographer.
I moved to London in 2010. Here I discovered In-public and I started practicing street photography through Street Photography Now on Flickr. I’m still here but I’m but thinking to move soon. I think I’m done with the big city.
First I search for available energy which often lies in a smile exchange with someone passing by. It almost feels as if I want the “consent” to shoot. And just like after a gasoline fill up, once I have accumulated this energy I feel strong and free to go.
I follow the light, consider the architecture and backgrounds. I often prefer to avoid crowded places. Recently I hate being where a big mass of tourists are. I feel better when I’m surrounded by natural elements. Is it actually a sign that I’m getting old?
When traveling to cities I don’t know, I might shoot for twelve hours a day without even realizing it. I never relax. When in London, I prefer to take advantage of the sunny days and light for shooting. When it gets rainy I stay at home to work on editing and everything else.
It really depends on where I am and on the mood of the moment. Every place has its own strength and energy, and my shots are affected by it. Generally I prefer to frame a few strong subjects with a clean background. I like to include the context in which my subjects are. I like the photos to be cinematographic and poetic. I look for suspense. I prefer if there is some content to read on it.
Since I left my job to exclusively dedicate myself to photography, I have started a project I called “Extinction”. Through this project I want to create a scenario of what our society could be in the future. I do this by bringing together photos that I have taken throughout the years, fragments of our present, moments of daily life. Extinction is my vision of the future by looking at the present and the voice of my fears. Now when I’m outside shooting, this is what I’m looking to capture. It will be a very long term project, but I’m really into it and extremely excited I have found the right path for me to follow.
Without photography, I’d be a different person. Someone dancing to Chopin.