Fabio Affuso is an Italian photographer based in London. Since leaving Napoli at the age of 19, his life journey has relocated him to Germany, UK, South Africa, the States, a boat in the mediterranean sea, and back to London where he currently spends most of his time.
‘Between the lines’ is a portrait project shot at the 2016 International Tattoo Festival in Napoli. Weary of objectifying people for their magnificent inks and body modifications, and yet very fascinated by these creatives who use their bodies as canvases, he wanted to explore ideas of self representation and identity by focusing on the personalities and expressions of his sitters. Check out our chat below and visit his website for more of his works.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Let’s have a conversation and hopefully that’ll be more satisfying!
Whom do you look up to?
In photography that’ll be great portraitists like Leibovitz, Newton, Avedon, Penn, but it’s 2016 and we do have to move on! In life that’ll also be the greatest, my father.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
I think assisting a pool of great photographers early on has not only given me lots in knowledge and experience, but it has also helped to clarify my vision as a creative. I am certainly very grateful to the amazing Jason Bell and Amelia Troubridge, who to this day are my friends, and to all the teachers at the University of Westminster. But the way I think and work does not come from one only big influence, rather it’s the result of my whole life journey.
What made you want to become a photographer?
The impulse to meet people and discover the many forms of humanity has been the spark all along, but it’s thanks to my friend Cil that I took it on as a career…so I started shooting nightlife in Miami, between a drink and a boogie!
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
Well challenges never stop. As a creative it’s perhaps choosing which ideas and projects to take further, and constantly developing while staying strong to my vision.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
Quotes are nice, but they can be very constrictive, and after all they are other people’s words!
How do you define creativity?
Letting out your inner child.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Get to work and forget the rules.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
There is no arrival point, life’s a wonderful and constant work in progress.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
We don’t know what life reserves for us, so who is to tell that?!