by Silvia Vetere
A long bridge immersed in the fog connects it to civilization. Civita di Bagnoregio is isolating itself more and more due to the gradual erosion of the hill and the surrounding valley. “The dying city”, so nicknamed, populated by twelve inhabitants, is fantastically surreal. Watching from afar it seems made of cardboard and the atmosphere that surrounds it gives it a touch of mysterious fascination.
It all began as a game, when we decided to go to this multifaceted location, wonderful and sinister, populated by friendly people and characterized by a cold and desolate setting. A game made of audacity and creativity, passion and people. And a hair stylist who, in the footsteps of Edward Scissorhands, discovered the creeks of the dead city, squares, bridge and spent time to cut the hair of death dolls surrounded by a chilling fog. Let the games begin.
Danilo Spacca telling…
It is uncommon to find someone as myself being a hair stylist. I have faced and still encounter many difficulties especially in my field, that of fashion, also made appearance and aesthetics. With determination, willpower and a pinch of audacity I managed to make the people I work with appreciate me, to convey them my passion.
tell the people that don’t know you yet, a bit about yourself.
I’m 23, up to 19 I lived in a town near L’Aquila where I was born. I moved to Rome to attend the academy to become a hair stylist. It has always been my passion, when I was 15 I made my first haircut to my mom. From that moment I decided that would be my future. Today I’m a hair stylist, I live between cinema and fashion system.
How did you decide to become a hairstylist?
Despite my young age I faced several steps before I get to do what I do today. Or better before I get to be what I am today. When I was 15, I knew what I wanted to do with my future, after attending the academy in Rome I have experienced but still I was not fully satisfied. I took my footstool and I became a freelance hair stylist. More creativity, dynamism, personality. It’s a world that belongs to me more.
How was it for you to enter the industry and make a name for yourself?
Instinct and passion, it’s the perfect combination that keeps me going. Along with the curiosity of the reality that surrounds me and the speed with which I have to work to stay ahead. From the technical point of view I would call out of the box, this is because when the instinct to guide one can not speak of technique.
What are the most common misconceptions that you encountered?
At the beginning I started for fun, or rather for pleasure. Then I found myself in the world of cinema and fashion. I realized that it takes adrenaline, clarity, determination, readiness. I had to take the situation just by myself, no one guided me. Initially I was building automatically the steps then everything faded to become more natural. I have had positive feedback without my noticing.
What projects are closer to your heart?
Each project contributes to create my personality representing a source of inspiration for my future work. The most important project in which I worked was “L’Errore”, the short film directed by Brando De Sica for the handbags brand Catherinelle of Catrinel Marlon. A beautiful work that raised me artistically and it was important for my career having won the Advertising Award for the seventh edition of ASVOFF, the contest of fashion films created by the fashion icon Diane Pernet.
Tell us a bit about your work process.
My work starts from a mental mood, I’m inspired by most of the major international magazines and then I interpret them in my own way. A hair stylist needs to understand what drives the story, get into the head of the actress or model in order to create a certain feeling to not make her feel uncomfortable. It is important always be present on the set, knowing when to act without being intrusive.
What is it photographers look for in a hairstylist?
Everything stems from the combination of creativity and speed, both guided by instinct, that lead in the art of craftsmanship.
What do you think your biggest assets were so far?
Don’t fool ourselves, being a character is natural that people are curious to understand who I am, what I do and how I work. I could – and I’m still working – to transform a defect in a fine, or rather a cause for curiosity. A “good” curiosity, natural, without bias, that distincts me from the common making me the only one of my kind.
If you would have to do something else for a living, what would it be?
I don’t know. I grew up with this idea so there is nothing else I wanted to do. Or at least I couldn’t imagine otherwise.
What would your advice be to young upcoming hairstylists?
Given my young age I don’t feel able to give advice. I don’t have the right awareness as I am the first who still need to learn. We must seize everything that is given to us always with appropriate evaluation criteria and always follow what we would like to do.
Hostaria Del Ponte, Località Mercatello – Bagnoregio (VT)