Luiza Lacava

GG – Could you tell us a little about yourself? How did your work in art begin ?

I’ve started taking pictures when I was really young, something around 12 years old. I used to travel with my mother and our trips were one of my favourite subjects. My first personal project was about prostitution with some portraits I took in the city I was born, Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2009. I always had a special interest in photographing people and mainly women.

I also think I was lucky enough to have started studying photography just before digital took over film. I remember spending my first years of studies in the darkroom listening to an old radio with the red lamp on and the smell of developer in my hands. It was really special!

 

GG – How would you define your work in few words?

It is exactly knowing that a particular image represents what every individual holds in its essence, what makes the quote from Henri Cartier Bresson: ”Great photography unites the soul…” be my moto.

The observation of the human body and the study of the feminine, mostly represented through portraits. Magical hours outdoors in nature and still lifes created under ritualistic atmosphere, are my main body of work.

 

GG – What do you like to do when you’re alone?

Taking pictures is a quite lonely activity. Being behind the camera is a safe place for me, where I feel I’m not being seen, although I’m observing all I have around me.

Being alone is something I consider necessary, I really enjoy it and value it. There was a time in my life when I really enjoyed travelling on my own and I did it for a couple of times. I remember there where days, I didn’t even speak. Silence is an important practice to me and with my camera, I never felt lonely.

 

GG – which artist of the past would you most like to meet?

I’d love to spend some time with Louise Bourgeois and Georgia O’Keeffe. I’ve always admired both of them very much. Louise’s work has always inspired me so much, in my opinion, she was a genius. And Georgia O’Keeffe’s work connect me with spirituality, sexuality, the sacred essence of the feminine and these are all subjects I enjoy bringing to my work.

 

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