Local Creative: Lucia Zolea

 

Never underestimate simplicity and a raw, pure moment with Lucia Zolea. Lucia has caught our attention with her straightforward, uncomplicated styling of thrifted, vintage and coveted independent designer pieces. Always a source of inspiration you will find an elegant presentation of a woman in Lucia’s snaps. Tending toward a love of neutrals, we are captivated by the texture, subtle appearances of muted color and thoughtful detail she includes in her composition. Through Lucia’s photos we feel as though we can almost share the moment in time she captures along with her. Her images are intimate, unconcealed and natural still of life as it was many times using film as a the medium.

Thrifting is a developed skill many feel passionate about. Lucia is exceptionally gifted at discovering one of a kind pieces and has helped spread the message that things that were once considered old and unwanted can feel new and loved again.

Lucia took a moment to share with us her personal thrifting rituals, why mornings are sacred to her and an easy piece of an advice for separating work and life. As a Local Creative, Lucia shares many ideals that a near to our own hearts and we were so happy to get to know this lovely women a little better.

 
 

Please describe your last month in a word.

Consuming. But in the best way possible. I have been so busy with working, creating, and applying for graduate school this past month and also starting my last year of university.

What are you passionate about?

So many things - life, little moments, love, certain feelings you can’t describe. I try to capture these moments through my photos. I feel that film as a mode of shooting also helps to capture these moments that I encounter and want to keep in their purest form.

Do you have a personal ritual to share?

Whenever I come home after a day of thrifting I always clean and press the clothing that I find. I love to appreciate the clothing and put them away nicely. It has something I have always done and it gives me a sense of happiness – bringing older clothing to life and appreciating them again like they once were.

 

 

Do you think there is a time of day when you create your best work?

The morning is when I feel most in tune with myself. I have always been an early riser and feel that my day is off balance if I don’t have that hour or two for myself to get things done in the morning before the day really starts. I always get a sense of inspiration from early aspects of the morning – the way the light seeps into my room, the stillness, the feeling of my body waking – these moments incite a wanting in me to want to photograph moments that feel that raw and pure.

Separating work life from personal life can be difficult, have you set any rules for yourself?

I don’t set any specific boundaries – just because I love what I do so much that I don’t mind it seeping into my personal life a bit. One thing I do though is that when I am in the company of others I put my phone in my purse. I want to give others my undivided attention, I never want to seem uninterested or that their time is not valued.

What are some of your favorite neighborhood spots?

I live a few blocks away from my favorite restaurant in the city, Kuba Kuba. My boyfriend and I laugh because that is always my first choice on where to go out to eat – always. There is also an overlook over the James River not too far from my house. I will ride my bike or walk over and sit underneath my favorite magnolia tree and just take everything in. Another favorite spot is behind the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts there is a beautiful lawn where I will sit with friends and enjoy the evening.

What are some of your favorite neighborhood spots?

I live a few blocks away from my favorite restaurant in the city, Kuba Kuba. My boyfriend and I laugh because that is always my first choice on where to go out to eat – always. There is also an overlook over the James River not too far from my house. I will ride my bike or walk over and sit underneath my favorite magnolia tree and just take everything in. Another favorite spot is behind the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts there is a beautiful lawn where I will sit with friends and enjoy the evening.

What do you make for dinner with friends?

One thing that I would like to change about myself is making the time to cook. I honestly hardly ever make the time to make a nice meal for myself. Coming from an Italian household, I grew up on the most amazing dishes and would like those recipes and styles of cooking to be something I carry on. When I do have company over, I love a beautiful charcuterie tray. I will go out and get some of my favorite cheeses, olives, meats, nuts, and fruits.

A low-brow essential: A high-brow essential:

Low brow essential – Basics from the thrift store. I have found the most beautiful and quality items that are not staples for my wardrobe – and all for under 5 dollars.

High brow essential – Shoes. I love the elegance that certain shoes can bring to an outfit. Shoes are one thing that I will spend more money on than others.

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