Bernardita Morello Madrid, Spain
Bernardita Morello (1984) started Photography in her country, Argentina, where she studied and worked in fashion and press. She decided to move to Europe ten years ago for and because of photography. That made her pass through several schools and courses. Since 2010 she lives and works in Madrid. After various projects, she just published her first photo book eden by Fiebre Dummy Award.
Bernardita Morello was chosen by photographer Maïa Etchart
Laatikkomo’s interview with Bernardita Morello February 23rd, 2017.
L: Where are you from? What cities, and/or countries have you lived in – or what places have influenced you?
BM: I’m from Esquel, a little town in Patagonia, Argentina. I left my hometown when I was 17, then I lived in Buenos Aires, Italy, France, Holland and Spain. All these places influenced me in one way or another, by their particular light, landscapes and culture. Even though I live abroad every year I go back to Esquel and spend there a few months.
L: What is your earliest memory of photography?
BM: I was 16, I don’t know exactly how I became interested in photography, but I told my father about it and he offered me a camera. I didn’t know how to use it so I found a photographer in the town and he introduced me to the technique. I remember taking pictures of nature and of my friends. Later on some close friends got enthusiastic about my photographs and encouraged me to continue.
L: For your project Eden, you employ colour in what appears like prismatic sun spots on your images. Can you reveal what goes into the creation process of making your photographs?
BM: I started the project when I was living in Holland and the light from there surprised me everyday. All the pictures were made with a Contax T2, a little pocket camera, I used the natural light and sometimes the camera’s flash.
L: Eden as a title, is often used to symbolise an ideal environment. What kinds of ideals or perfection are you looking at or for in this project?
BM: We live in a paradise and very often we are unable to perceive it and we look for superfluous things.
With eden I tried to destroy my own vision of this ideal or idyllic place, to struggle and start all over again in a different way.
L: What main questions would you like your work to inspire in the viewer?
BM: Any question that arises is welcome.
L: Could you list five or more words related to the work you are showing in Laatikkomo?
Thank you so much Bernardita!