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Inside/Out: Serena Belcastro

June 13, 2011

City inspirations with the talented young dreamer, photographer and stylist

  • Text by Flavia Ferrucci

All photography by Serena Belcastro

Fashion stylist, photographer and club kid Serena Belcastro is a Rome-based artist whose approach to street style photography takes on a more creative, personal and etheral vibe that celebrates her close knit collective of friends and Rome itself. Her popular blog (serenalisbonstory.blogspot.com) and Tumblr (lisbonserenade.tumblr.com) are worth checking out as an insight into her world and we're looking forward to future collaboration projects with her in Satellite Voices.

Satellite Voices: Where do you live and work?
Serena Belcastro: I currently live in a particularly lovely spot of typical student Piazza Bologna area and work all over Rome and Italy as well.

SV: What inspires you about the area that you live and work in?
Serena Belcastro: I consider Rome as one of the most inspiring cities to live. That’s why I decided to move from fashion capital Milan to another, less fashionable capital, in a moment of my life in when I was looking for new inspiration. Every little corner of this city is full of poetic and extremely diverse details which allows you to reconsider Rome each time from a different perspective.

SV: What is your favourite hidden city spot and why?
Serena Belcastro: The spot where I live: a nice and hidden garden surrounded by buildings from the 1940s decorated with votive aediculas. It’s like a Pacific oasis in the city jungle.

SV: What can you find in your city that you cant get anywhere else?
Serena Belcastro: In Rome you can find your home. Rome heals your soul.

SV: How would you describe your personal style with your work?
Serena Belcastro: My personal style is a pop mix of ethereal, daydreaming images with a disturbing attitude influenced by movies, art and music I dig.

SV: Who would you recommend in Rome with regards to art and music?
Serena Belcastro: Eleonora Antonioni which is an extremely talented and prolific illustrator and comics writer and Robert Eno, experienced eclectic DJ and creator of Vangelo – a pshychedelic / religious club night hosted by the Holy City.

SV: What projects are you working on at the moment and what’s next?
Serena Belcastro: At the moment I’m focused on my personal blog. It’s a sort of personal diary that merges my personal style and vision with the personality of the model I chose, into all the different moods that the city where I currently live can visually express.
Right now I’m about to publish on this blog a special project I have recently worked on with Eleonora Antonioni and I’m already thinking about my next Rome photo shoot with two special models.

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