Woman Crush Wednesday: Federica Valabrega
Federica Valabrega was born in Rome, Italy but has spent most of her adult years in cities such as Boulder, D.C. and Brooklyn. After completing her Masters Degree in Journalism and Documentary Production she started her career as a photojournalist documenting the presidential race and inauguration. She published her first book "Daughters of the King" in 2013. About Daughters of the King Valabrega said "I have attempted to show aspects of these women, their most spiritual ones--those that transcend their religion and its strict rules governing the sanctity of their bodies."
Interview By Francisco Rosario
FR: Did your approach to capturing images of the Ashkenazi, Jewish Communities differ to your approach whilst photographing the Sephardic Jews?
Federica Valabrega: I used the exact same approach. I would find women on the street who looked interesting whether because they were wearing some different clothing or because they looked like they would be into being talked to. I would approach them, ask them if I could chat with them a bit, questioning them on their religious life, their belief and why living a life with rules was so much better than no rules at all. I would speak to them regarding their daily chores and family engagements and then we would end up going to their homes to speak about it more; the photography process became an organic part of this discovery of my subjects soon afterword.
FR: What would you ultimately like each viewer of the photos in Daughters of the King to take away from the series of images?
Federica: I would like the viewer to walk away with a feeling of marvel and curiosity regarding my women. I wish to show their beauty and the 'hidden folds of their souls' behind their religious habit/clothing. I would like the images to show serenity as well as religion, to show that belief is not necessarily a cage, but just another expression of the self, the one they chose to be.
FR: How do you believe the photos speak to the women portrayed in it? What is some feedback you've received from the ladies in Daughters of the King?
Federica: All the women from Daughters of the King I showed the images to told me they felt beautiful, they felt empowered, they felt different as I saw them in my images. They were stale before, now they had movement and rhythm.
1. How would you describe your creative process in one word? MESSY
2. If you could teach one, one-hour class on anything, what would it be? HOW TO LISTEN TO YOUR CREATIVE VOICE AND HOW TO SHOOT ACCORDING TO IT AND NOTHING ELSE OUT THERE.
3. What was the last book you read or film you saw that inspired you? book: The Corrections ; movie: La Grande Bellezza
4. What is your most played song in your music library? Society - Eddie Vedder
5. How do you take your coffee? No sugar and just a splash of cold milk :)
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