My name is Cristian Sartori and I'm from Piacenza, Italy.
How long have you been taking pictures?
I’ve been shooting for two years.
When did you get into photography and why?
I started to take photos two years ago, but my love for photography comes from 2012 when Instagram started to be very popular. From that moment I bought a compact camera, and I started to shoot random photos.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
It's a little bit different from the beginning because I have more experience before the shoot and post production but I've always tried to have my personal guideline.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre plan, or is it a click and run?
Generally I already have an idea about the shoot I want to take but sometimes I like to use my imagination.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
Sometimes I try to tell a story, of the person in the pic, through eyes and behaviours, some other times I just like to catch the moment and create a nice memory.
Do you have an influences you can share?
In a pic I look for spontaneity, so I try to make the subject comfortable using the environment nearby. Sometimes best inspirations come from what we have all around us.
What inspires you?
I like to take inspiration from what I have around me, what I see, hear, read, eat and especially from the people I have in front of me. Everyone is unique and every pic is unique in its way.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
Something comparable to a bad pic? An ugly dish of pasta :D
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
The final goal of my pics is leaving something, a feeling, a memory, something that can exist for years.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
As social networks I use Facebook and especially Instagram because you can show your work to all the world. It’s unbelievable, until a few decades ago something like that was impossible.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
I follow Steve McCurry and some American and European portrait photographers.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
Since 2 years I don’t use the phone anymore to take shoots , the camera lets you have total control of the pic you’ll shoot and let you change viewpoint, which you can’t do with a phone. In a low light phones are still bad as organization of ISO/noise
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
I often use d700 with 85mm, sometimes d7000 with 18-35. D700 is a unique camera, a little D3 which let you not taking the eye away from the viewfinder, every button and control at the right place, you don’t have to enter the menu.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
I really want to go to USA and Japan, they are unique locations.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
I don’t have a favourite pic because I try to do them every time to the best of my abilities. The ones I like the most are usually close portraits.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Spontaneous, creative and emotional
How would you describe the current scene in photography?
In the last 10 years because of the technological improvement, there has been a BOOOM in photography. Reflex became usable for everyone and a lot of people have a camera at home. This let many people try to enter the fascinating world of photography. 20 years ago it was unthinkable because of the costs of analogic photography. Nowadays thanks to social and forum/dedicated websites you can discover a lot of different photographers all over the world and see their work! This is a great pro of technological improvement.
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones?
In a few years there will be phones with performant cameras who will make us forget compact cameras
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
The photographer takes the pic and not the camera. But there are very expensive cameras with specialist uses, for example, those who print in big dimensions or who does avifauna. For these uses a performant camera is necessary. But first of all it’s better to invest in good lens.