Josefina Bonavia aka Koko Peludo is a 26-year-old film photographer and graphic designer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She prefers shooting on film because she is in love with the ritual of the analog photography: the magic, the texture, the patience that analog shots require. She has been shooting for 5 years now, since she got her first camera.
How did the idea for the series come about?
The idea for the series came up when I stumbled upon a few mirrors and pieces of colored glass at my new place. When I saw Ximena’s profile on Instagram I thought she could be a great model for this concept and I started seeing the series in my mind.
“The female body needs to be photographed more than ever, as a way to show acknowledgement for women and for us to cohabit in a more fair and equalitarian society.“
Can we photograph the female body in a more powerful way?
Of course! The female body is sacred, and has been a recurrent subject in art across history. These days, it needs to be photographed more than ever, as a way to show acknowledgement for women and for us to cohabit in a more fair and equalitarian society. Having this in mind, the female body needs to be shot in a context of ease and comfort for the model to be full of confidence and self-trust, showing herself exactly as she is. It can be of great help to have women behind the camera as well.
How would you define beauty?
For me, beauty is defined within nature itself. Therefore, the human body as well as landscapes, animals, plants, are all beautiful in their different forms, colors and variations. And that distinction between ones and others is exactly what makes anything unique and beautiful.
What inspires you and what makes you happy?
I’m inspired by everything that surrounds me, but mainly by nature as well as arts, music, cinema. I’m happy to have the people I love near me, and to be able to enjoy and share with them what I love to do.
Film or digital?
I prefer film photography because I’m in love with the ritual of the analog photography. I like waiting for the right moment to take a photo and also that feeling I have when I discover the results.
Lastly, what’s next for you?
I hope to constantly improve every day, so I’ll continue shooting, doing more personal projects, traveling, learning and experimenting.