Raquel Xallas is a photographer, video artist and self-proclaimed Drama Queen who is shooting to explore perceptions of beauty. Fascinated by all that glitters, she uses shiny things to bring this magic into her work.
As a photographer, do you feel that photography can shape beauty?
Photography can be a dangerous medium that reproduces the same archetypes of beauty over and over again. So I do feel it should always be the tool I have to capture and explore my own, subjective perception of beauty.
Glitter and shiny things are prominent in your work, was it a conscious choice? What does glitter mean to you?
It is definitely a conscious choice and an obsession. I have always loved all things shiny and glittery and my fascination has just increased over the years. To me, glitter means magic, beauty, show and spectacle, things I can’t imagine life without; and that’s why I’m always exploring how to translate that fascination into images.
You are both a photographer and a videographer. What do you feel is the main difference between the two in the way you can express yourself?
I think the link between reality and image is stronger in videography. When I am recording a video I feel I have to be much more aware of every decision I make because mistakes are more difficult to solve in postproduction than in photography.
What are some artists that you look up to and why?
The artist I love the most above all is Madonna. She is my biggest reference and inspiration. I love her, her life and her career. Of course there are also lots of photographers I look up to, like Savana Ogburn, Pierre et Gilles or Nadia Lee Cohen. I’m obsessed with their colors, their aesthetics and the kitsch vibes of their images.
What cameras do you enjoy working with and why?
At the moment I am mostly working with a Canon EOS 5D mark IV, but I also like to experiment with other types of cameras that give me different qualities and textures, like the old digital ones that I used when I was a teenager.
What are you working on right now? Any plans for the future?
I’m working on my next editorial and I’m in the process of preparing my first short film.