London based commercial photographer Emanuela Franchini was born in Genoa, Italy and moved to London in 1999. She began to experiment with the art of self portraiture focusing on everyday life and the interaction with mundane objects in 2005. In July 2007 her passion began to pay dividends and her image entitled Cheap 70’s Porn ”, a self portrait, was used by the New York band The Strokes for the homepage of their website.
In reference to the saying “ You are what you eat”, her series “On Our Face” explores the relationship we have with the food we consume. Shooting her self-portraits were a demanding task, as she had to capture herself with food on her face, Franchini explains. For more of her images visit her website www.photography.yolasite.com.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
A self portrait photographer obsessed with food.
Whom do you look up to?
I find humans fascinating. I don’t necessarily look up to them, but I often find inspiration for a photoshoot just by observing them.
What’s your personal motto?
Reality changes according to the tool you use to observe it.
How do you define creativity?
Creativity is a necessity. Being creative is being alive.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Never give up, even if it’s tough at times.
All images © Emanuela Franchini