DJ Cobalt 60: What compelled you to first pick up a camera?
Giacomo Rebecchi: I bought my first camera because I wanted to have a better understanding of photography. I’ve worked for 14 years as a graphic designer and I look at images every day. I was mesmerized by what I saw and decided to try it for myself. Amazon did the rest.
DJ Cobalt 60: Given how frequently it is featured in your work what does the female form mean to you?
Giacomo Rebecchi: I love to photograph women. I think a woman’s body is a perfect geometrical form. I love their skin and their hidden sensuality…it’s kind of a positive obsession!
DJ Cobalt 60: Who or what inspires you creatively?
Giacomo Rebecchi: I’m using a Canon 5D Mark III that I bought in Verona, Italy. I love the files it gives me and the way it feels.
DJ Cobalt 60: You specialize in commercial, fashion and portrait photography but, you started out shooting street photography. Photography in general is the type of art form that only allows for a limited amount of control, street photography especially because there is only so much you can do from your end as a photographer before a street photo starts to drift into another genre, at what point did you decide you wanted to take a more active part in your images artistic vision?
Giacomo Rebecchi: I started as a street photographer because I really like to capture the moments I find special, it’s easy for me, I’m a good observer…
Street photography taught me to be fast, to create a good geometrical composition … It was a great school for me to learn my craft. But I was missing something, I missed the contact with people, I wanted to relate more with my subject, I wanted to investigate…
I transitioned from street photography to the street fashion outside Milan’s runaway, than to portraiture, than nude, and finally, fashion. It was an important journey for me that helped me to achieve the level of communication and personal relationship I wanted in my photos.
DJ Cobalt 60: All of the models you photograph always exhibit a great deal of personality even if their face isn’t on display in the photo, it’s a quality of your work that I really admire and is one of ways I am able to quickly recognize and distinguish your work from other photographers. How do you like to intricate with your models? Is there a specific quality you like to look for in the models you photograph?
Giacomo Rebecchi: I’m not always interested in the face, sometimes I don’t even want it in the photo because I think that the muscles, the body and the movements of the body are the best representation of people’s anger, personality and bipolarism; our face let’s other’s identify us but, inside, we are more than that; I search for and explore this “more “. Luckily I don’t have to do strange things to make my models shine, I just try to be myself….Trust is essential to make you undress and reveal your darker side…
DJ Cobalt 60: What do you consider beauty to be?
Giacomo Rebecchi: Beauty is the mix of light inside your eyes (not necessarily taken in the picture but I’ve to seen it) and your personality.
DJ Cobalt 60: How does beauty relate to the images you create?
Giacomo Rebecchi: I try to represent beauty in my own way and by showing what appeals to me at that particular moment.
DJ Cobalt 60: What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?
Giacomo Rebecchi: New York.
DJ Cobalt 60: When you are commissioned to do a shoot take for example the images you shot for Mirtylla, which I absolutely love and think have a very cinematic feel to them. How do you approach the concept your client has in mind which on paper may not seem all that original, attractive young women posing in bikinis and make it seem new and fresh while keeping in mind you don’t have free rein to shoot whatever you want?
Giacomo Rebecchi: Luckily my clients trust me and my work (which is great for me), they usually give me an initial idea and then a final concept and the development is up to me. Sometimes they even give me a blank canvas to work with! It’s awesome because I can let my creativity shine without outside inferences. Of course I care about the commercial dimension of the photos as well though!
You mentioned the cinematic aesthetic of my shoot for Mirtylla… Yeah, I love that quality too!
For me they are not photos, they are scenes from a movie I’m directing in my mind.
DJ Cobalt 60: Are commissioned assignments more of a job for you than artistic self-expression or do you enjoy the challenge of creating art under specific conditions?
Giacomo Rebecchi: Absolutely, my work has an artistic dimension that is really important to me, I ‘m looking for balance. The most beautiful thing is to create something artistic out of something commercial.
DJ Cobalt 60: What do you like to explore on your personal projects that you don’t you typically get to on paid assignments. All the editorials of yours that I’ve seen appear more methodical than just a photographer simply shooting things that he finds interesting. There always seems to be a deeper meaning or theme underpinning your photos that feels authentic and unique to your sensibilities.
Giacomo Rebecchi: As I said before, I love to see inside people, looking for their “dark side” and try to bring it out to the forefront. There is a moment of deep connection between me and the model based on trust and respect that takes off the everyday filter we put up to shield ourselves from judgment, I want my subject to express him or herself without shame. Many times I represent what you’d like to be if you didn’t let fear or doubt stop you … A kind of projection.
DJ Cobalt 60: What is an image of yours that you believe best represents your style and aesthetic and what was the situation surrounding it?
Giacomo Rebecchi: I don’t have a specific image that expresses me more than I have a situation, a white panel and a model totally captured by the situation and by her own personality. There I see myself staring back at me, or what type of person I’d like to be.
DJ Cobalt 60: Given the opportunity to photograph any model living or dead with an unlimited budget who would you choose?
Giacomo Rebecchi: Ideally I’d love to photograph Cara Delevigne. But I “I’m in love” with any person who appeals to me, they don’t always have to be a model, I can be walking around and see someone I want to photograph. Honestly my best projects were with girls who aren’t even involved in the fashion or modeling industry.
DJ Cobalt 60: As an artist what is the highest compliment you can receive?
Giacomo Rebecchi: Your questions! I mean knowing that you really understand me, my work and my vision of world. Anyone who says “you only take pictures of naked women” doesn’t know shit about me.
DJ Cobalt 60: What advice would you give someone new to photography?
Giacomo Rebecchi: To follow your own inspirations and interests, and to look at other photographers work.
DJ Cobalt 60: For people interested in your work where can they go?