Niccolò Natali tried to study Biology, got a degree in Economics, but he’s probably still ‘missing the point’. Like a lot of people, he changed several jobs, fell in and out of love, moved somewhere, came back. One thing has always stayed the same: the drive towards untamed beauty. Niccolò still pursues it, living and working in Milan.
How did the idea for the series come about?
What I wanted to do was to stop that beautiful girl I see on the metro, ask her to pose for me, and find out how far we can go.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
I’m not into nude photography. I prefer erotism because imagination plays the main role. Finding and disclosing female beauty in everyday situations is more powerful than designing it on fabricated sets. It’s real, it’s honest, and you can feel it.
What inspires you?
My visual inspirations are born in tropical atmospheres, parties, ethnic slow-techno music, teenage freedom, eastern-European aesthetics, peripheral contexts and whatever looks and feels genuine.
How would you define beauty?
Beauty is a temple.
Film or digital?
Film, whenever I can.
What makes you happy and what’s next for you?
I crave the feeling of discovering authentic difference from what I’m used to, or what I just observed, and this can happen everywhere and anytime. It’s all about searching the truth. That’s why I can’t stop going deeper with my ‘nomodel’ project. I already have some ideas on where to dive into next.