The photographer Mathilde Agius explores the narrative potential of photography throughout the commissions she receives for fashion, objects and portrait. The pictures, all made in classical analog photography, are intimately inspired by cinema. Not only in the composition, the colour scheme or the grain, but also by the visual means and techniques used to build suggestive fictions.
Agius has developed her dark and rhythmic style since 2013, after completing her BA in Photography at the ECAL in Lausanne. Her intriguing stagings earned her collaborations with many international magazines about art, fashion and culture, such as Art Review, AnOther Magazine, Fantastic Man, The Gentlewoman, Das Magazin, Pin-Up Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin and Centre Culturel Suisse.
Can you describe your approach or methodology to design?
It has to come from the heart. Love, fun and passion are the essential ingredients. It usually start with a feeling, then I shape this feeling with a meditation on the image: I think about materials, colors, a décor that could help describe this character, a moment or a feeling.
I try to depict most of the details of the image in my head beforehand, then it is important to keep an openness, even to let the unexpected disturb or destroy everything that was planned.
What inspires you? Can you describe an event that recently inspired you?
Everything is inspiring to me, but I love to read political news. Another thing important to me is to move. I need to move my body to feel well. I need to be in different places to spend time with different people, in different cities and different languages.
With what company would you like to work with?
My dream would be to work with Swatch.