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10 questions with blogger Laura La Monaca

Laura La Monaca is a successful lifestyle photographer and food stylist based in Milan. Her website, dailybreakfast.net, never fails to inspire and showcases some of her most exciting work. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and she has an impressive 15,000 Instagram followers

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Describe your blog/website in three words
When I decided to start the dailybreakfast project, I wanted to communicate my passion for colours, food and lifestyle.
Colours: I have always been inspired by the power of colours in images. Rarely will I share photographs in black and white.
Food: I know I’m lucky enough to be born in a country where food is synonymous with culture. My Mum said my first word was latte, so I have no doubt that breakfast is the most important meal to me!
Lifestyle: basically, the way I live – the food I like to eat, the places I love to explore and visual arts I want to discover

Where do you take your inspiration from?
My daily dose of inspiration comes from any form of art. Before I decided to become a full-time photographer, I graduated with a degree in Management of Arts and Cultural Heritage. Italy is an open-air museum; art is everywhere. I just need to keep my eyes wide open to be inspired! Sometimes, I get used to what I see every day and I need to discover new places, new kind of art to refresh my perspective and my point of view. This is why I think travelling is the best way to continue to be inspired

Describe your usual working day-to-day routine as a photographer and food stylist
Luckily, I have no daily routine and no two days are ever really the same. My kitchen was turned into my studio where I, or professional chefs, cook, and then I style and shoot the dishes. Sometimes I have the opportunity to work with props stylists so I can focus solely on the food styling itself and the shooting process. I often shoot on location too. I started as a food photographer but I love snapping outdoors and making travel guides to enable people to discover a place via photographs. My goal for 2015 is to shoot more portraits.

Which are your favourite areas to photograph in the city?
I think I’m obsessed with courtyards. Milan is a city where you can find skyscrapers along with beautiful tenements, also known as Vecchia Milano. It is inside these courtyards that you can find some hidden gems as well as old bicycles, old gas pumps, wells and statues. They are hidden worlds that must be discovered.

What are your favourite things about Milan?
Italy is famous worldwide for the four fs: fashion, food, Ferraris and furniture. Milan has all of them, as well as other great things too. Some of the best creative minds from around the globe come to here to be inspired.

Where are your favourite places to shop in Milan?
I have many, including:
10 Corso Como: one of the best concept stores in town.
Atelier Bellinzona: this space, owned by Alberto Bellinzona, is his home and all that is on show is for sale. Here you can find unique pieces to design your home in an original way.
Sergio Rossi: when I think about shoes I think of Sergio Rossi. I could spend hours in this tiny shop in the Quadrilatero d’Oro fashion district just looking at these beautiful creations.
Dolce & Gabbana: its shops are my window to Sicily. The tailoring of the dresses and the attention to detail are a constant reminder of my island of birth.

If you had friends visiting Milan for 24 hours, where would you take them?
For breakfast, I would take them to Pavè. This cosy place is owned by three young guys and its breakfast is just heaven! Next I would visit the Villa Necchi Campiglio, which is a historic apartment and museum. Many of the scenes from the movie I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton, were shot here. For shopping, we would go to the Quadrilatero d’Oro fashion district – this is the best place in the world. Next up would be lunch at Taglio, or maybe Erba Brusca, and then a trip to the Museo del Novocento (museum of the 20th century). Before going for some drinks at Carlo e Camilla, I would take my friends to the top of the Duomo di Milano – Milan cathedral – at sunset to enjoy a beautiful view over Milan.

Which other Italian cities do you like to visit and why?
I’m from Catania and I love the city I was raised in for so many reasons: the sea, the weather, the volcanoes, the food and, most importantly, the people. I also love Rome, which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Everything there is pure art, from the archaeological sites to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Bologna is also great – the food is amazing and it is one of the most vibrant cities in Italy.

You studied in both Milan and London. How do the cities differ and which is your favourite?
Samuel Johnson once said ‘when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’ I would love to live in London but I love Milan so much and don’t think I am yet ready to move away. Luckily for me London is less than two hours from Milan so I travel there as often as I can.

Your work is based in part on your love of travel. Where are your favourite places in the world to visit?
I have an addiction to the USA. When I think of a perfect city, Los Angeles is my answer. I also recently had the opportunity to visit Hawaii and I think it is one of the best places on earth. The saturation of colours, the pristine waters, the reef, the predominance of nature over humans and the aloha spirit gave this archipelago a special place in my heart. I’d love to go back to New York and to visit Seattle, Portland and Alaska. I’d also love to go to the Galápagos Islands, Iceland, Scotland, Finland, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Visit Laura's website at dailybreakfast.net



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