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{favourite five: artist photographer romina shama}

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It is true that a picture can convey a thousand words through just one still image — but what if that image is so divine it simply takes your breath away and there are no words?

Romina Shama is a Swiss-born, Egyptian-Italian fashion photographer and film director whose works will leave you utterly speechless, for she does not merely photograph her subjects, but rather, it would almost seem that she is illuminating their thoughts. Romina, who lives and works in Paris, combines the raw beauty of natural light along with the classic style of an analog camera to produce a strikingly delicate and cinematic effect in her photos. Her photography leaves us wondering about the romantic daydreams of her subjects and makes us long for the heavenly, dream-like escapes portrayed therein.

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Having studied film in addition to photography at Central St. Martin’s School in London, Romina and the work she produces have undoubtedly been impacted by aspects of cinema. This week, we asked her:

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{what are the five most intriguing ways the study of film has influenced your photography?}

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Roland Barthes wrote: “… an image produces death while trying to preserve life”. This very feeling is exactly what attracted me to photography. I started thinking that in avoiding life, I may be able to portray it. I started focusing on capturing “absence”, or the “let go” feeling in all my subjects and landscapes. I decided I wouldn’t “take” them.

2. There’s a cinematographic feel to my photographs and a very photographic feel to my films. They are linked. Together they help me avoid the fact that we perceive time as linear.

3. Films that are made for the sole purpose of creation inspire me very much. To me, they make time feel dimensional. Sometimes, they make me want to capture every frame of them.

4. The timelessness of great films.

5. The fact that I always wished I could pause life and rewind it at times.

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{p.s.} previous favourite fives:
* interior designer: tricia foley
* jeweler: camille eddera
* artist: kimia kline
* actress & fashion muse: chloë sevigny
* floral stylist: denise porcaro
* entrepreneurs: rent the runway
* designer: rachel ashwell
* fashion photographer & illustrator: garance doré

~ laily


{images: all photography by
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Laily Samadi
Contributor, New York City

Laily lives in New York City, although her mind often wanders across the Atlantic. A lover of modern design, letterpress stationary, and simple yet elegant couture, Laily believes that happiness can be found within bundles of ranunculus or garden roses. As a visual person, she overlooks a film’s plot for aesthetic and cinematography. She divides her attention between two men: her husband and her puppy, Bear.
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