AURORA GOES WILD WITH
unusual interviews in the Pussy Pusher’s style.
When did you decide to start shooting girls? What was your “mental process” behind the decision?
I guess it was 5 years ago. I found myself looking at nudes and I realised I wanted to do my own to discover why I was looking at them.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Pee, then 25 push-ups, then a glass of water and two coffees.
Does your mother appreciate your pictures?
Apparently yes, especially when she doesn’t know I shot them.
A movie that we should watch.
2046 (random choice among the hundreds I love).
Who is your “dream” model? Where would you love to set your shooting?
If you mean which kind of model, I like the ones that really want to share something and with whom you can build a story starting from that connection, walking together in a path that none of the two really knows. It’s pretty rare tough.
If you want a name I absolutely loved Shakti, an american model I met a few years ago. She was very simply outstanding, every move she made was an inspiration for a new story, a new mood. Incredible.
I don’t have a favorite location but I need that it has elements to add to the story, bits of inspirations.
Are you keeping your work secret to someone?
No, not really.
Are you usually turned on by the model you are shooting?
Unfortunately not usually.
Name three photographers that you consider masters.
As for nude photography I would say Helmuth Newton, Jeanloup Sieff and Araki (ok, I know, I should be more original, sorry for that).
Did any model ever get mad at you because she was looking “ugly” in your pictures?
I wish it happened more times than it actually did. I know I tend to be too nice, so when it happens it is nearly a liberation.
What do you do in your free time?
I usually enter the time machine and go dinosaurs’ hunting to get some meat for supper.
What is the difference between a good nude picture and an amazing one?
I don’t really know a rule or a formula to define or identify an amazing picture. To me an amazing one is one I cant’t take my eyes off. I guess it is more related to the degree of truth and connection that it conveys rather then any tech aspect.
Who is, in your opinion, the most overrated nude photographer? And the one who is not appreciate yet?
Anyone copying Terry Richardson.
You may like him or not but in any case he is in a very tiny road (that he built) and he occupies it completely. There is no room for anyone else shooting informal flash nudes on a white wall. They all just seem out of place.
A photographer that should have much more visibility than he has is Pasquale Salerno. A friend I wish could have the reconnaissance he deserves.
Your biggest fault.
I am absolutely too condescending. I am trying to go over it and accept having to fight with people.
What does your partner think about your work?
She is very supportive and nice to me and my work and she seems to like it even if once, looking at some recent shoots, she said:
“Mario, I am not so sure that pussy will lead you to Nirvana”
This is the greatest quote ever!
Do you remember your dreams in the morning? Are you able to interpret them?
I do remember them when I wake up but tend to forget them soon after. When I remember them I am quite good in understanding what my subconscious is telling me.