POET GRETA BELLAMACINA
"I think it is the most powerful emotion, it is when you are truly inside yourself, and you can let the world dream. " - Greta Bellamacina
Mainly the weather and being in the car looking out the window, falling asleep and waking up in new places. Also the beginnings of things, the ending of things, the closing down of things, radio stations, school gates, weddings, Hampstead Heath, The Heath Cafe, The 24 Bus Stop in Camden Town facing the tube …. photographs reveals so much about time and your place in it- I take a lot of pictures for this reason.
I think it is the most powerful emotion, it is when you are truly inside yourself, and you can let the world dream. It is all of the broken up memories pulling at one another at the same time, desperately trying to understand its place, like a museum of heartache.
Everything, it all stems from that place. As a child my mother would say I was very melancholic. I would spend a lot of time thinking about life and death, the stars and space and wondering what was going to happen to the rest of all the future. I still feel as confused and broken as I did as a child, mesmerised by the beauty of the sky and the trees.
It puts you in a vulnerable place which is not alway easy but often leads to honest work. I take a lot of pleasure in taking people to that place, it makes people think. For instance last year when I was making my documentary “The Safehouse: A Decline of Ideas”- I used a lot of found footage, which always carries a nostalgia, to make the film feel like a home video, or something you might have already watched before. I think that helps to make the audience feel sightly more involved and connected to the film.
I think it focuses me to be more emotional. To make people feel that same emotion.
Mostly by the weather and the changing of seasons and the old red buses.
Sharon Von Etten - Every time The Sun Comes Up, Jeff Buckley - Lover, you Should’ve Come Over… and absolutely everything by John Lennon.
The White Hotel by D.H Thomas, A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud and Coltash by Robert Montgomery.
Days of Heaven by Terrance Malick, Frances Ha by Noah Baumbach and Melancholia by Lars Von Trier.
Robert Montgomery- “The people you love become ghosts inside of you and like this you keep them alive.”
* Greta is represented by Viva Model Management.