An Interview With: Silvana Trevale

Who are you and what do you do?

I'm Silvana Trevale and I am a happy Venezuelan, I'm 22 years old and I'm studying my second year of photography at the university of Huddersfield. I do what I love which is photography.

How did you get into what you do?

Well since I was very young I was attracted to photography, I got my first camera when I was 14 and I always enjoyed photographing people. I started trying to photograph my friends as models and that's when I realised I really loved doing portraits and fashion photography.

How do you work?

I mainly photograph models and focus on fashion work, before I plan a shoot I think about an idea and then I look for inspiration from different magazines. As I usually work with models, I try to create a friendship with them so when we start shooting the images come out as confident as they can. One thing I love to do is go around places and look for models that I see walking around town and then going and asking them if they would like to model, I have found some of my strongest models by doing that.

How would you describe your work?

I always want to create images that would have that surprise factor, that make the audience go "wow", but keeping the models aura in the picture. It's hard for me to describe my own work as I believe that everyone will always see art in a different way.

What is your background?

I'm originally from Venezuela and half Italian. I was raised in the city of Caracas, and I miss it every second of the day. Venezuelan people are happy and we always see the positive side of things no matter what happens and I think I have those characteristics, I am usually very optimistic.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I have always looked up to the magazine Vogue, it's my main goal to photograph for them. The photographers that work for Vogue usually create images that are high fashion and have an conceptual background behind it which makes the images stronger and I always get inspired by them. Mario Testino, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot are one of the few photographers I admire the most.

Why photography?

Art and beauty has been two things that I really appreciate, and I enjoyed taking pictures, so I realised that the best way to make art in the way I want to show it is photography. I can control what I want to create and sometimes without controlling anything something beautiful comes out. That's why I'm love with photography, it's so ambiguous in its own way.

What are you goals after University?

I'm aiming very high, I want to work for magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Vanity fair and have my own conceptual work at a side. After university I want to move to a big city such as London, Paris or NY and work in the industry. My plan is to give all I got to make my work and let my passion come through. 

Is there any specific equipment you use?

I'm Nikon!!! I mainly always work with my baby Nikon D610 and it never disappoints me.

What’s the best piece of advice you could give the readers of The Pupil Sphere?

NEVER think a dream is too hard or too big for you, if you really want to do something work really hard on it even though you have a lot against you. I'm saying this because leaving my country to come and study here in the UK was something that I thought I would never happen because of how hard it was, but I made it. And don't stop making art the world needs more of it.

All images copyright of Silvana Trevale



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