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Sanity Preserved in Darkness

It’s a world lit by fires, accents of blood, smoke, whispers of death. Yet, there is redemption in beauty. Faith in the female form grasping at the last shreds of light.

images by Federico Bebber - Interview by CBK

You stand over the edge of a dark cliff looking down at the images of Federico Bebber. It’s a world lit by fires, accents of blood, smoke, whispers of death. Yet, there is redemption in beauty. Faith in the female form  grasping at the last shreds of light. Federico Bebber has added beauty to Dante’s Inferno.

©federico bebber

©federico bebber

We don’t see much of this kind of art coming out of Italy, how did you get into this modern-gothic photography?
I really don’t know. But, honestly, I recall a lot of digital artists doing dark works in the last decade. Surely a lot of them have changed their style into something more “fashionable”. Everyone has a different evolution.

©federico bebber

©federico bebber

At what age did you start developing a like for this kind of imagery?
I’ve always been attracted by b-movies and horror films, so I could say since childhood.

©federico bebber

©federico bebber

What inspires you the most: comic books, video games, horror films? Can you cite a few artists?
Lucio Fulci, Hans Rudolf Giger, Dave McKean… Probably films. I also played some horror videogames, but really never got any kind of inspiration from them.

©federico bebber

©federico bebber

There are no men in your pictures, why?
I did some images with men, but I really don’t like how they turned out. It’s probably some kind of limit for myself, I prefer the female figure (but maybe I will try again).

©federico bebber

©federico bebber

The women in your art are troubled, intense, and dramatic; does that reflect in any way your relationship with the women in your life?
Of course, I’ve had a lot of difficult (and somehow dramatic) relationships in the past.

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©federico bebber

There seems to be a will to destroy beauty and yet, somehow, you stop short of creating monsters almost as if beauty had to be preserved through horror, can you elaborate on that?
I had really dark moment in my past, but making images always preserved my sanity. There’s also some kind of ironic views in my work.

©federico bebber

©federico bebber

Is there a classical, medieval painter that has inspired you?
As classical painter, Francisco Goya is on the top of my list.

©federico bebber

©federico bebber

How do you collect all the elements that go into the post-production of your photos? Do you photograph and draw everything or there is also a research and use of existing imagery?
I used a lot of stock imagery in the past, but I’m actually doing everything by myself, now (or with Dihaze, my favorite model and incredible talent).

©federico bebber

©federico bebber

What is next?
I want to work more with nature, I started collecting tons of new images of flowers and strange textures for my new series. I will send you a preview in next few months.

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©federico bebber

©federico bebber

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©federico bebber

©federico bebber

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©federico bebber

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©federico bebber

©federico bebber

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