My name is Chiara Fersini but I am also known as Himitsuhana.
I started research in photography in 2007 after a study journey in Japan. Before that moment I considered photography just as a useful tool to document events but I never gave to a photograph an artistic importance. Then I found out that photography could be much more than a simple snapshot of reality. The discovery of great digital artists made me want to try experiment myself, made me improve steadily my skills and I began to think I could develop a personal style as well as to show the intricate world that I’ve always felt inside. My favorite field of research is the Surreal Photography.
My interest for Surrealism’s techniques and concepts meets another element which is a leitmotiv in my work: the painterly style. Before starting experimenting with photography I was a painter. So as painting has been my first love I have tried to keep it in my photos. I actually behave as a painter even when I am shooting and editing a photo in Photoshop. I look at lights and shadows and colors as if I were to paint them and that is why this painterly style is a sort of natural thing for me to achieve. Another factor that helped me a lot in developing this style is my deep love for old master painters. In particular I look at The Pre-Raphaelites group and Caravaggio.