Fashion and portrait photographer Marta Bevacqua‘s dreamy images blur the lines between editorial photography and art – evoking intriguing stories that make viewers want to know more about what’s going on behind the scenes. While her work is in fashion photography, Marta’s personal projects tend to explore nature, focusing on what she describes as “particular beauties.”
Born in a country house next to Rome, Italy, Marta fell into photography by chance when she was just 16 years old. Once she finished high school, Marta dedicated herself to pursuing her passion full-time with a move to Milan, where she began shooting her first editorials.
Her process, as she explains it, is simple – “I just mix up all I have in mind and my pictures come out,” she says. But to accurately capture exactly what she envisions, Marta uses a specific set of equipment. Take a look inside her bag and see what this young talent needs to create her compelling images.
Can you tell us how you go about deciding which gear is essential to your work?
When I started years ago, I always thought I needed many things. The more time passes, the less things I have and I use. In the end, I just need my camera – nothing else. And I’m still thinking about getting a smaller and lighter camera.
Canon 5D Mark IV
30.4 MP full-frame CMOS sensor, Up to 7.0 frames per second continuous shooting speed, 4K video recording
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: Years ago, I bought my first professional camera, and I chose a Mark II. I don’t know exactly why, I just felt it was the perfect one for me. One year ago, I changed to the Mark IV, since my Mark II is getting a bit “tired,” after many years.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16, Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4, Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4: I’ve always used the 50mm for everything, and since getting the 35mm – which I love – I sometimes use it, as well. Sigma Art is one of the best, in my opinion.
No lighting at all – natural light, every time!
Simple Manfrotto bag. I chose it when I bought my Mark IV, I just thought it was a cool bag.
Currently, Marta resides in Paris, where she has lived since 2014. Represented by Open Space Paris, Marta’s photography is mainly in fashion, doing editorial spreads and advertising campaigns. Her images can be seen on her website, her Instagram, and her Facebook page.
Jessi Gowan is an award-winning writer and photographer who specializes in rural landscapes and fine art abstracts, with a focus on form and composition. Her photography has been included in a variety of publications, as well as in exhibitions in Canada and the United States.