ByGiulia Pex, writer at Creators.co

I was so shy. I found myself that day, when I grabbed a pencil and started drawing a turtle - such a pretentious subject for a five-year-old girl, I know. In a while, the damage was done. I got the ticket for a one-way trip to a parallel universe, made of unicorns, fairies and monsters. Then they gave me a camera. It took time to reconcile my two biggest passions, but somehow I made it.

I think all my photoillustrations - I like to call them - are firstly a personal need to melt in a tangible way the real world and the imagination's one. Putting in real life and around the people I love what we don't see, but what actually could be seen by everyone, using a different point of view.

So, I started my mission at school, studying photography, with "City Tales" - a project in which I just wanted to fight city boredom: it was the best way I could represent it.

City Tales - 2013
City Tales - 2013

And then was my family's turn, with "Dad, you are my favourite superhero" project. I love how he loved to be part of it, I'm so proud, he was like acting as a comic's character at anytime.

Dad, you are my favourite superhero - 2013
Dad, you are my favourite superhero - 2013

After these two big steps, I decided to follow this path and started experimenting this technique with other works, for example "Subcutaneous"

Subcutaneous - 2014
Subcutaneous - 2014

or the tarot's project where I used my poor friends as models, called "Major Arcana"

Major Arcana - 2014
Major Arcana - 2014

and the last-but-not-least "Oceanographies", a collaboration with an awesome friend and photographer, Luca Broglia (check him out!). This time, I drew flying marine creatures on Luca's shots as big kites connected to human figures between thin wires, a sort of metaphor of the abyss that's inside of us.

Self Oceanoportrait - 2015
Self Oceanoportrait - 2015
Oceanographies - 2014
Oceanographies - 2014

Now I've just turned 23, and I'm totally focused on improving my skills, studying illustration in Milan. And yes, I'm still shy - but a little less than before.

If you want to say hello and see what's new in the future, here's my Behance page and my Tumblr too.

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