Having been on a fair few photoshoots myself, I’m always intrigued by what really inspires the photographers themselves. Are they just doing a job, or are they as passionate about interiors as I am? What made them choose interiors, over say, cars (I’ve been on a fair few of those photoshoots too in a previous life), and what kind of interior do they relax in after packing up their equipment for the day?
Rosangela Borgese was kind enough to send me some images from a recent interiors shoot last week, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to ask her some of those questions I’ve been meaning to ask.
1. What do you love most about photographing interiors?
“I love interiors and design in general, and I feel privileged to have access to some very fine high end projects with the aim of expressing the feeling of the places through my photography”.
2. What’s your personal favourite style of interior?
“My favourite style is midcentury scandinavian style mixed with some modern minimal pieces and pastel colours”.
3. Who are your main clients, and is your approach different for an architect say, to an interior designer?
“My main clients vary from architects to interior designers, from branding companies to surface designers to name a few. Of course the approach and what I offers is completely bespoke to what their needs are”.
4. You have a knack of making your interior shots look ‘lived in’ How do you achieve this?
“It’s all about propping and styling the shoot, if it needs to look ‘lived in’ perhaps I add, some slippers or a blanket maybe left on the sofa ..some trace of a previous presence”.
5. What’s the most unusual interior you have ever photographed?
“The most unusual interior was the Saudi Arabia Royal Family property in London full on of gold and red velvet element”.
6. What’s the style of your own home and have you ever photographed it?
“My own home is a mix of midcentury modern with some element of contemporary style, we have recently moved and it is still a work in progress project, I think I am a bit of a perfectionist, so it won’t be photographed until is finished”.
7. Do you hang your own photographs at home?
“I tend to make photographic work that suits with the room, so yes, I have some of my own photographs and some technical drawings of various buildings produced by my partner who is an architect”.
8. Of all the interiors you have ever photographed is there one that gave you serious ‘house envy’?
“Yes!!! I have flown to LA to photograph a celebrity house which had a swimming pool, games rooms, bowling alley, spa, club, you name it..and it was all there! The only thing I took advantage of was the first class flight to LA…now I know how the other half of the world travels around!!!”
Interior design by Lisa Thornton-Allan.
The apartment photographed here beautifully is a new penthouse in Shoreditch. You can read more about it on Rosangela’s own blog here.