My name is Jacopo De Michelis and I’m from Italy. I am born and grown up in Milan and now I live and work in Venice.
How long have you been taking pictures?
Five years, more or less.
When did you get into photography and why?
I started by chance, with my cell phone. I posted some of them on Instagram, just for fun. As people liked them, I became more and more involved. Now photography is an important part of my life, even if it's still just a passion, not a job.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
I became more aware, and I improved technically, I also got interested in different genres from urban and landscape photography with which I started, like the portrait. but I believe that apart from this there is a fundamental continuity in my photos.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
Sometimes I pre-plan, but usually what I like is being surprised myself by the reality that I capture in my shots.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
I aim to capture beauty - and life - in my photos, whether of places or people.
Do you have an influences you can share?
There are famous photographers I admire, like for example Henri Cartier-Bresson. But basically I get influenced by the flow of photos that are posted on Instagram. So, rather than from specific individuals, I draw inspiration from a sort of photographic collective intelligence
What inspires you?
I get inspired by the atmosphere and allure of people and places
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
Of course, there are plenty!
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
If I had started when I was younger, I would have thought about it, but I am fifty years old and I think it's too late to change jobs. But I like when occasionally I get proposals for photographic collaborations and works.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
Only Instagram, because it is number 1 for photography
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
I follow hundreds of them!
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
I think that what makes a good photo is the eye, not the camera.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
I chose Nikon for its reliability and quality, but I'm sure it's not the only choice
What is your dream location to shoot at?
I dream about going (and taking pictures) in Iceland. And sooner or later I’ll do it.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
A man on top of a bridge on a foggy morning in Venice. There are practically all the elements that I think make one of my photographs beautiful. I took that picture by chance and timing.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Symmetries, frames and reflections. I’m quite obsessed by those elements
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones?
I am completely favourable. I like taking pictures with my mobile phone, it allows me to do it at any time, even when I had not planned to shoot.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?.
They help. But I think it's something else that makes a photograph really beautiful or not.