DC: I don’t know if I can qualify or label myself within a style. Usually I photograph what comes to me and what I feel like at the time. I’m always trying to explore new styles. What I do always like is taking photographs of people.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
DC: Inspiration can come at any time! From something I see in the street, a light that appears in any given space, a song I hear, something I read, a dream, a movie or everyday situations of daily life. It’s everywhere!
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
DC: The creative process of each new project is always like a strange new universe for me. There are many instances from when an idea arises to when it finally gets materialized, especially when it comes to working on a particular series of images about the same topic. There are moments of great effervescence, moments of absolute creativity, moments of emptiness and frustration, moments of repetition and the need of something new and moments of great discoveries.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
DC: I would like each person who stumbles upon my work to take what they need, what is relevant at that particular time, what means something to them, whatever resonates internally to connect with something beyond the work itself. We can unite in that small and ephemeral point for an instant.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
DC: I’ve been working as a freelance photographer for several years now. It has allowed me to devote my time to both my work and personal interests, which is great. I’m always generating new ideas and trying to carry them out or soaking up inspiration through contact with nature and with different branches of art. Nature is important to me and because I live in the city I try to find it anywhere I can, in small corners like a garden or travelling to greener places occasionally.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
DC: I think both are valid and I don’t always choose the same path. Many times I start from a basic concept that I want to develop and work through, until I arrive at a more complex photographic series that often mutates again and again in order to reach a final result. That however is not entirely the end of the road because I always find things to continue working on or researching. The end is just a door which can be opened to discover new universes. Sometimes what happens is the complete opposite and everything develops magically and gets connected in invisible ways before I can even realize it!
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
DC: That there is no mold or magic formula. Art is something very personal and I think the beauty of it relies precisely in the possibility of individual expression of the inner world of each artist, where two works or two artists will never be the same even in the slightest.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
DC: I think it’s very important that each artist has its own imprint, its own style and own taste. But all artists are different and so are their tastes! Thanks to that we have such a variety of creations and the possibility to feel so many different things when we meet an artistic piece.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
DC: I think it’s very difficult to learn to accept one’s own processes and times. You can easily fall into despair or frustration if these ups and downs that are characteristic of all human nature are unknown or not taken into account. You also have to learn to value your own work and the work itself, try to never compare with the rest and turn a deaf ear to that which doesn’t add to our learning.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
DC: I love the adrenaline, the feeling of constant uncertainty, the ability to get amazed every day with new things. Art is a way to connect with my deepest self and that is a wonderful thing.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
DC: I get inspired by many people, many different types of artists. I don’t usually fall into fanaticism or obsessions with anyone in particular. I just think there are so many people doing wonderful things in the world that I like to discover, as well as marvel at the works of huge artists and great masters. I also try to soak up with new emerging and unsigned artists who have a lot of untapped potential.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
DC: I think the technology available to the artist can be a very powerful tool if used carefully and conscientiously. I think technology advances every day and is always offering new possibilities and as artists of the technological age we cannot stay behind. At the same time I’m also convinced that technology doesn’t make the artist and all the potential and creative magic remains in the person using it.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
DC: Absolutely! Art comes in connection with very deep things, and this requires great sensitivity and emotion. Someone who observes the world with these eyes, eyes of someone perceptive and sensitive to small things will always be able to see things that others would not.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
DC: I love traveling but I’m a person who hasn’t traveled much! I know several places in my country but I haven’t spread my wings yet to more distant places that arouse much interest in me as some cities in Europe and Asia.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
DC: I have no plans for the moment! I’m working on some new ideas and I’d like to make my first personal exhibition in a gallery soon.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
DC: It means a way of life, the lifestyle I choose to live.
CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?
DC: Radiohead’s last album has me spellbound!
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
DC: I think I’ve said everything! Thank you. J