Born in a town near Rome in 1988. Graduated in "Letters and Philosophy"and "History of Contemporary Art" at the La Sapienza University in Rome with a prevalent interest in photography and the visual studies. She collaborates with Collater.al, an italian site about creativity in any form, and with the italian magazine Dude. Elena Fortunati approached photography as autodidact and started creating projects with the intent of translating certain moods in images where the contrast between subject and a specific use of colours is predominating.
On her ongoing series “Naturalis Historia” Elena Fortuna says:
Naturalis Historia, a Latin phrase meaning ‘to observe nature’, is a title I borrowed from an encyclopedic treatise on history by Pliny the Elder. What I wanted to do was to create my own small visual encyclopedia on this subject, based on my experiences in various botanical gardens. This subject matter is also to be ascribed to the vast and rich Italian tradition of garden and park design.
I’ve always had a strong, deep link with nature. I lived in the countryside outside Rome until the end of my university career. This contributed significantly to the formation of my internal and visual points of view. Beyond this particular project, nature has always been a significant component of my practice. So that is why I decided to dedicate an entire series on this relationship with nature. Botanical gardens were the spark to begin my research.
The combination of natural elements with hands and faces is my way of empathically sharing what I experience in the moment I inhabit these spaces. There’s so much wonder, but there can also be a lot of fear. Nature gives, nature takes: it is all a part of a system of cause and effect which reflects in this naturalistic setting, but influences everything. And we are part of this system. It is difficult to imprint these sensations on an image, yet this stimulates my production.