Italian photographer Mattia Crepaldi graduated from the Istituto Italiano di Fotografie in Milan, Italy and has developed a strong passion for black and white portraiture. His often dark narrative of female model’s creates a somewhat somber, fearful, and sensual identity of a fragile human being. For more check out his profiles on tumblr and behance.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Hard-worker, loony, passionate, stubborn and I’ve developed the patience of Buddha.
Whom do you look up to?
I’ve always admired Peter Lindbergh.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path? Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
The support of my family has contributed largely to my successful career path. From the moment I’ve started photographing, I’ve met a lot of people who have all influenced me in negative and positive ways.
How did your photographic career start? What made you want to become a photographer?
I discovered photography thanks to my ex-girlfriend who usually took pictures. When we broke up I started shooting in spite and then realized that I could continue. Having practiced for a while, I decided to attend photography school.
What was your favourite project and why?
I don’t have a favorite project but I have my personal chart of favorite pictures. I always look for different and unique people every single day.
How do you define creativity?
Find your own style , your modus operandi and keep producing everyday.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Have patience and work hard. It could be difficult at the beginning, but if you work your ass off, little by little, satisfaction comes inevitably.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in? What’s your personal motto?
I’ve always been interested in the philosophy of the ancient Samurai and read the Hagakure. One of this book’s teaching is “the worst thing to do is to lie to yourself” so I think “always being honest with oneself” could be perfect for me.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
I think the biggest challenge so far was to gain respect when I started shooting in my garage.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
I wish I had more knowledge about the technique behind photography and more patience towards others.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
No , photography changed my life and I can’t live without it.