LUCA LUPI

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

LL: Minimal and essential. We live in a noisy, conformed and chaotic world and the aim of the artist is also to interpret and simplify reality to make it more understandable.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

LL: From the world around me.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

LL: Usually the work starts from an idea, which I sketch in a notebook, and continues with the search for the possible place to be photographed through the use of the internet and the study of cartography. When I find the place I do a more accurate search on Google Earth Pro and control what the possible points of recovery and their accessibility are. The second phase is to organize the trip, the request for any permits and the choice of a period with favorable weather to be able to take photographs in the absence of clouds. Photo shooting if everything goes well lasts one or two hours, finally the studio work remains from the development of the file to the press.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

LL: A new vision of the world in which they live in.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

LL: Simple, I like it when work and life become the same thing.

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?

LL: When you start a project or a new series it is important to have a precise idea that guides you; however, it can change as you proceed with the inputs you find along the way

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

LL: The commitment and seriousness in the work always pays off.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

LL: It helps. In hundreds of images we see every day having a style that is recognizable is fundamental.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

LL: The art world.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

LL: When I can make people happy with my work

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

LL: Bernard and Hilla Becher and the Düsseldorf School, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mark Rotcko…

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

LL: It is an important aspect for the realization of a project and complementary to the idea itself. I believe that in photography first with analogue and even more with digital it is necessary to know the technical and technological aspect of the medium in order to understand the potential and the limits that allow to realize what one has in mind. In the period in which we live in the relationship between art and technology is fascinating, I am passionate and I am interested in knowing and then deciding how to use it.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

LL: Yes, of course, and I like to share it with my art.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

LL: I like traveling a lot because it opens my mind and gives me new ideas for new works. I particularly love seaside cities.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

LL: All those authors who use writing as an evocative language of images, such as Italo Calvino in American Lessons or Georges Perec in Spaces Species.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

LL: A new project that explores the changing landscape with the passage of time.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

LL: Having the opportunity to see beyond the hedge.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

LL: Now, while I’m answering your questions I’m listening to Aurora by Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

LL: I like to think of the affinity that a curator has found between my work and the theater, seeing the sea and the beach as if they were a big stage where a scene is represented and the sky works as a backdrop.

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