Who is she

photoby_Alek_LevasganiMy name is Barbara and I am a visual artist specialized in photography and who works and experiment mainly with analogic medias, using especially ancient photographic techniques and developing processes.

I was born in 1978 in Brescia, Italy and have been living in different countries.

In 2006 I established in Barcelona where I started studying black & white printing and developing techniques for photos and photomontage in a darkroom environment and immediately I felt in love with that magic world that marked my direction.

In my works I seek to express a thought that is impulse by a feeling; photography as a means of self-expression and a tool of research of my interior and my identity; photography as a possibility to reflect, to seek, to explore the innate connection between humanity and nature.

Inspired by natural history and mythology, I love to spend my time into unspoiled landscapes. From the view of the natural world as a place alive and enchanted I often comes back with images that narrate in poetic form my journey made of imaginative, mysterious and sacred stories.

In 2009 I started a darkroom project with some friends at Taller Milans, a creative platform for artists; in this space I have been working 6 years on my personal projects and research, experimenting with the historical photographic process of gum bichromate, cyanotype, VanDyke, carbon transfer, salt and albumen print. In 2012 a group, “Las Chicas de Talbot”, was consolidating in this space and for three years we focused our research on the wet plate collodion technique.

My passion for printing brought me close to the world of engraving, in 2014 I attended a lithography workshop imparted by the artist Anna Comellas at the Conservatori de les Arts del Llibre, ESDA Llotja de Barcelona. During the two years at the school, I established a very special relationship with some women artists and in 2016 we travelled together to Hamburg for the graphic art fair “Buch Druck Kunst” at the Museu d’Arbeit. After this trip we decided to start working together under the name of “Collectiu Hamburg”.

In the last three years I have devoted myself almost exclusively to the recovery of the old profession of “fotografo minutero”, also known as walking photographer; my workday flows outdoors between random encounters and portraits: many people come to the camera and some of these, sometimes for reasons unknown to me, decide to dedicate their time to be portrayed. When I work with my wooden box camera on the street, I prefer to consider myself an anthropologist rather than a photographer because what I do is aimed at humanity.

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