Iohasson Mello has always been obsessed with movies but he got his major in an entirely different area because of ‘the capitalist needs’. Subsequently he figured that getting involved with photography would be a nice first step towards his goal. Since then he’s been doing a lot of street photography and photoshoots with friends and friends of friends. Two years later he’s still trying to figure something out of this, bit by bit.
How did the idea for the series come about?
It was essentially based on a place I’ve known for quite some time and where I always wanted to shoot at. Despite being surrounded by trees and woods, which makes light inside the room somewhat difficult, there are two large windows at different points of the suite that allow a direct entrance of the sunlight in an otherwise dark room. Marcela is a friend of a friend and I think she fits perfectly within the type of light and scene I found in that room.
Can we photograph the female body in a more powerful way?
The other day I saw a post on instagram by a female photographer questioning the reasons why male photographers seek to photograph naked women. At the end of the day, we are at the core of the problem: from the hypersexualization and objectification of the female body/figure to the exploitation of their image for the sake of public gain and delight. We should take a step back and reassess how we, as a patriarchal society, have built such a toxic view on the female body. We should promote more equality between the model and photographer and greater diversity in the people we portray, or at least to try to break aesthetic standards.
How would you define beauty?
I believe that this will also answer my position on what beauty is. It is everywhere, however we were only conditioned to see and accept a specific and limited type of what is beautiful, the one aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
What inspires you and what makes you happy?
I don’t usually overthink this whole ‘what makes you happy’ thing, I guess it’s just a part of the way you decide to lead your life, or what is your perception of the life you live. The essence and reason why I photograph comes from the yearning for human contact, to create and deepen relationships and connections with people, even if ephemeral, to find people open for it.
Film or digital?
Both. Here in Brazil to photograph analog is financially infeasible, especially if you need to worry about money at the end of the month. We don’t have a very popular culture when it comes to analog/film, so you can guess it’s pretty hard to find good labs for the development and scanning of film, not to mention the limited choice of films and cameras.
Lastly, what’s next for you?
I want to go to Peru and document this road trip on camera.