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ARTIST FEATURE: Violeta Parisi

Interview of Violeta Parisi by Sophie Pellegrini

Tell us a bit about yourself! 

My name is Violeta Parisi, I’m 20 years old (soon to be 21). I was born and currently live in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. My pronouns are she/her.

How did you get started in photography? What drew you to the medium?

Photography has been a part so deep in my life that it’s hard to remember!

I started getting curious when I was 14 years old; I was in my second year of high school and we had extracurricular activities/clubs to join. I felt curious to join the photography one, so I did! My dad bought my first camera (which Istill use) and I haven’t left photography since then.

What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

Mostly people; 90% of my photos are portraits. I like to create places that doesn’t exist and also reflect what’s around me.

How would you describe your aesthetic?

I think that I have a variety of different styles in my photography. The photos I do are known for the colors I use. They are vibrant and eclectic; I often think that I like to recreate the colors of people’s auras. I would love to call my aesthetic something like Everyday Magic.

Do you plan out your shoots ahead of time, or do you prefer to photograph moments organically without plans?

Both! Because I have a variety of styles, sometimes I plan shoots that I imagined and are very specific, but I also like being surprised with moments that are spontaneous, and soon to be more like a memory that I would love to immortalize.

Who are the models in your photograph? How do you choose the people you photograph?

Most of the people that I photograph are my friends or my boyfriend. One of my best friends is usually my muse for a photograph, but I also like to create emotional bonds with people through photography.

What are some of the key influences on your work? 

I think that the relationship that I create with others through my camera and how the photo captures that. The people around me and how I see myself in them; the places that I lived and how that has made me the person that I am today. Also I’m very attracted to capturing something that is really hard in our culture to perceive, like magic in the earthly world.

When you aren’t taking photographs, how do you spend your time?

I’m currently in my second year of college, studying to be an Art Curator. I also perceive myself as a witch; I read tarot, work with rituals for self-love, and study astrology. I’m very active in my Instagram and have a thematic day that I call “ Esoteric Thursday” where I give advice to people with tarot cards.

If you could go back and say anything to your 13-year-old self, what would it be? 

“ Don’t give a fuck about what other people think, just be yourself and if someone is not okay with that, well screw them! You’re special, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, also, nothing is forever so don’t be sad.”

How can we keep up with your work?

You can follow me on my Instagram! @violeparisi

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Sophie Pellegrini

Sophie Pellegrini is the Co-Founder and Artistic & Creative Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a 25-year-old photographer and wilderness therapy field guide in Colorado. She loves crafting, playing acoustic guitar, 90s music, the smell of summer, making lists, a good nap, cuddly animals, and the cold side of the pillow. Follow Sophie on her website and on Instagram.

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