Today we’d like to introduce you to Fiona Pestana.
Fiona, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in the Bay Area with my parents, older brother Eric, and Golden Retriever, Lily (my best friend). I picked up a camera for the first time in elementary school, when my mom bought me a The White Stripes-themed Holga film camera for my birthday. From there, I snapped shots with flip phones, a purple Nikon CoolPix, and friends’ DSLRs until I received a DSLR of my own for Christmas early in high school. After that holiday, my friends rarely saw me without a camera around my neck!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I would mostly define myself as a photographer and writer, but, as artists do, I dabble in other artistic pursuits in my free time (including but not limited to mediocre guitar playing). I use my Canon 6D, Canon AE-1, yellow Fujifilm Instax, iPhone, that Holga I mentioned earlier, disposable cameras…I’ll use anything I can get my hands on. In short, I shoot to capture memories and emotions. Photographing people in scenes, especially cinematically, is my favorite way to shoot. I hope people feel something — empathetic, nostalgic, something else — when they look at my work.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Don’t wait for a reason to start something. Just do it. I still struggle with this, waiting for the “perfect time” to shoot or pursue some artistic project. But, if you don’t start now, it will never happen. Guaranteed.
Jules Nash took the film photo of me.