My name is Martina Bertola, and I am an Italian photographer living in Amsterdam. I know that it would sound cool if I started by telling you that “I was born with a camera in my hand” or “being a photographer has always been my dream”, but the truth is that when I was a child I wanted to become a Ninja.
Soon, I had to face reality: I couldn’t run fast enough like the ninjas I saw on tv. I needed to find a career in which I could express my non-ninja potential. I started videomaking when I was 14 shooting videos titled “Stupid Things” with my friends.
Fast forward 10 years, a degree in cinema, a published novel, many filming projects and even a pilot written for a famous former porn-star (nowadays I am kind of happy that the project didn’t go through), and I moved to Amsterdam to start a new life from scratch.
This is when I approached photography, because my nephew and niece were so cute that I had to take memorable pictures of them. But taking pictures of families is not for me: I wanted to help my fellow creatives in building strong personal brands through unconventional portraits.
Get Out There, as the name implies, is my contribution to support artists, musicians, dancers, actors, creative entrepreneurs in getting themselves, their work and their talent in the world.