JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
ANDREA ALESSIO: A pilot or a scientist. By the time I got to fifteen, I wanted to become a photographer.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
AA: I have 4 different sources of inspiration…
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Joakim Eskildsen, Jessica Backhaus, Gerry Johansson, Guidi Guidi & Robert Adams.
CINEMA: My favorite directors are F.F. Coppola, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, David Fincher & Christopher Nolan.
MUSIC: J.S.Bach, Erik Satie & Spotify!
SCIENCE: I am obsessively passionate about research on vision and brain function. Without neglecting physics and mathematics. Continuously I’m trying to build bridges between these four points of reference for me. Also thanks to the help of the eyes fresh and curious of son Dylan, who is 9 years old.
JC: What are you up to right now?
AA: After my last book, Before You, Santa Claus, Life Was Like a Moonless Night, I’m working on my new project that also in this case speaks of the night. I’ve also been digging through my archives, I have done a lot of photography over the past 20 years - quite often I forget to go back and look at them… In this way I did the book UnNatural Bestiary.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
AA: Over the past two years I found more that mentors; people who have helped me to have faith in myself and my projects - Jessica Backhaus, Joakim Eskildsen and Giulia Zorzi of MiCamera.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
AA: At this moment I have my commercial studio near Venice, Italy. I live divided in 3 different cities but I live in my car too! I do a lot of driving for work and for pleasure around Italy and Europe. I love moving too - moving is energy for me.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
AA: Believe in yourself. Work hard and do not stop in the face of difficulties.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
AA: I’m working on several plan B’s for my day job but always keeping the light on for my personal photo projects.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
AA: Absolutely YES, being in contact with creative people helps me to feel alive and full of energy.