Photographer Cristina Coral Capturing Our Enigmatic Relationship With Space

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Cristina Coral is the self-taught, Italy-based photographer whose spare and evocative works have caught our eye before. Her photos, which have been shown across Europe and garnered Cristina countless awards in portraiture photography, have won her attention from the likes of Vogue Italia and The Huffington Post. In this series, Hidden Beauty, Cristina continues her characteristic use of female figures, here “absent, but at the same time present in their intimacy”, she explains.

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For Cristina, photography has become an imperative language; photography and the images created must have, above all else, soul. “Intimate, harmonious, and aesthetic,” is how she describes this magic combination us to us when we caught up with her again. Hidden Beauty is fittingly a series that explores suspended time in a familiar space, and the pang felt when passing a eye over an old photograph of your childhood home…

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“Playing childhood games in my Grandma’s country house is one of my favourite memories.”

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Perhaps to this end, these shots are set in intimate spaces – bedrooms, gardens, lounges – rich in memory and dreamlike stillness, the figures become vulnerable, and enigmatic. There’s a common thread of soft hues and delicate detail, reviving the allure of the old, of photography free from gimmicks. One of her top tips?: “Remember that beauty is present everywhere; be able to capture that in your pictures.”

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