Raquel Xallas explores perceptions of beauty

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Instagram: @raquelxallas_ph