Bio

Hi! I’m Darinka,  I was born in Baveno 33 years ago, a quiet little town by the peaceful sides of Lake Maggiore. I moved to England at the age of 19, graduated in Photographic Arts from Westminster University in London. After that I’ve been on a long endless journey through many countries and lived in most continents. Life has taken me on a roller coaster of adventures. I’ve done any sort of crazy job you can imagine along the way, from teaching English in Laos to massaging poker players in casinos all around the UK. I’ve been rich, I’ve been poor, I’ve slept in squats and five stars hotel and absorbed as a sponge the journey who made me into what I am now.

So far I’ve embarked some challenging overland trips as the one from Vientiane (Laos) to Helsinki (Finland), crossing all central Asia, a civil war in Kyrgyzstan, hitchhiking up the mountains to find myself sleeping in a Yurt, a fantastic nomad tent made of sheep skin with a local family involved in the production of fermented horse milk. South America from Buenos Aires to Bogota’ exploring the moonlike landscape of the Atacama’s desert and dancing salsa under the rain in Santa Marta. Australia’s outback, working as a skimpy in the mine sites, to enlighten me about the sad reality of a disappearing aboriginal culture, the “bikies’ and the most inhospitable continent I’ve ever set foot on.  All along I’ve always taken my camera and blogged.unna7med

My main interests are the arts, with a focus on photography independent cinema, horror movies and music. I love singing and dancing and I enjoy paying a few out of tunes chords on the guitar. However my true passion is traveling. My mum says that I was born with a luggage ready and that must be the only thing we agree on.

If you’d asked me when I was a teenager what my dream was I would have said to travel and take a picture of every single corner of the world.

 Now it’s time to focus on my own country.

In Italian we say: “dimmi cosa mangi e ti diro’ chi sei”  Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are… there you go!

Movies:

  • The Never Ending Story
  • Fight Club
  • The Great Beauty
  • Cafe’ de Flore
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Old Boy
  • 300
  • Shortbus (A beautiful movie to which I’m sentimentally attached as it was filmed in the warehouse I used to live in New York)

Music:

  • Mike Patton
  • Rage Against The Machine
  • Glen Hansard
  • Velvet Underground
  • Alexander Ebert (e  Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeros)
  • The Cure
  • David Bowie
  • Pink Martini
  • Sigur Ros
  • Fabrizio de Andre’

Books:

  • The Never Ending Story
  • Everything by Tiziano Terzani
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Momo
  • SIddharta
  • Come Dio Comanda
  • The Rotter’s Club
  • In the name of the rose
  • The shadow of the wind
  • Everything by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

 

 

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