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Daily Inspiration: Meet Bettina Pittaluga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bettina Pittaluga.

Hi Bettina, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’m a French-Uruguayan photographer living in Paris. I like to think that I photograph beauty. I find beauty in authenticity; of an emotion, an instant, the other, in what is most real.

I studied sociology and also worked as a reporter. It’s therefore really second nature for me to compose with what is already present and existent. I am focused on giving a voice and visibility to those who are not or too little represented. It is very important to me to do everything to deconstruct this hegemony; I am committed to invoke all these fights until they are won.

I was 14 when I was first introduced to photography. My uncle gave me his film camera and I instantly wanted to know how it worked. At that time, I was living in a small town in the south of France. Every week after school, I learnt how to develop my own black & white shots in a dark room that was made available by the local council. I started taking pictures 24/7, captured my family, my friends and anything really that caught my attention. I can stay drowned into something I find beautiful for a long time. I think photography is what allows me to preserve that emotion. I know I can go back to it by looking at the picture and still be in the present moment.

As soon as I had a camera in my hands, I never stopped using it, but as a means of expression. I didn’t think that one day it would be possible that this would be my job – until I decided to stop everything else and took the risk.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My job is to adapt to any situation. When I hear problems, I see solutions.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I very strongly think that the omnipresence of whiteness, youth, heterosexuality, the cis man, thinness, wealth… in the media is a huge problem. It is a completely unequal vision of the human race. And I precisely think that this unequal representation is largely responsible for racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, grossophobia until the rejection of old age. It is very important for me to do everything to continue to deconstruct this hegemony, and I will not stop invoking all these fights until they are won.

Authenticity is what conducts my life, and therefore my work. I studied sociology and also worked as a reporter. It’s really second nature for me to compose with what is already present and existent. It’s in reality that I find inspiration.

To me, the relationship needs to exist, even if it is very short-lived. Human connexions, sharing, confidence, for my part it is vital to my creation, it’s always a shared creation. I create an area of consideration, respect and caring all round, and I let the person be.

The fascinating part is the encounters I get to have with my work. And the most challenging part is my political commitment.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I believe in good stars for sure and as a human being, I feel very lucky for every person around me. I know that both in my life and in my work, I have worked very hard and every day to get here today.

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