My name is Danilo Costantino, I’m 26 years old and I’m a freelance photographer based in Zurich, Switzerland.
How long have you been taking pictures?
Since 2016 my natural curiosity found home in the fine art of photography. I have come to love and be mystified by the deep impact photography has had on my personal and professional life.
When did you get into photography and why?
I got into photography 2 years ago. To me photography is about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see and feel them. I enjoy seeing things differently, playing attention to details, contemplating how lights interacts with my surroundings, and the use it the best own way I can to make my work unique. It’s been something that has taken me to places across the country and allowed me to travel the world, it has helped me to meet awesome people I never would have met otherwise, and it has brought me to a deeper understanding of myself.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
I mainly take portraits but I also enjoy doing street photography during travel. I only work with natural or ambient lighting. Besides my models as main object I love to play with my surrounding. With my editing on the computer I’ll give the picture my signature. Back when I started I didn’t have a specific style it was a mixture of what inspired me and what I liked. I started experimenting and practicing in order to find my way to express myself with my work.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
On my shoots I just plan the model and her outfit and the area I want to shoot. About everything else I get inspired on location, depending on the lighting and my ideas there.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
I don’t really have an end goal as long as I’m happy with that what I’m producing.
Do you have an influences you can share?
Of course there are many talented photographers that inspires me. But I think that my main influence and inspiration comes from going through life with open eyes, seeing things differently and perceiving things that remain hidden to many people.
What inspires you?
Travelling inspires me a lot. Exploring new places and meeting amazing personalities is what inspires me most. Also great videography or photography by others inspirers me.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
Besides a technically bad photograph I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad photograph as photography is very subjective.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I’m a freelance photographer and Sony Alpha Switzerland ambassador but I’m not doing it for my living. I’m working as a paramedic in Zurich. I really enjoy photography most without being restricted by clients or money.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I only use Instagram to share my work. I don’t see any other platforms as engaging as Instagram.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
I follow a lot and everyone of them inspires me.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
Nowadays you can also take really good pictures with your phone, no doubt. For me as a passionate photographer though, the mobile phone camera will never replace my mirrorless camera.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
My camera is a Sony a7R3 with a 85mm F1.4 GM for my portrait work and the 16-35 F2.8 GM for my street work. I’m impressed by the innovative technology of Sony cameras. A lot of features simplifies my working process and the quality of the pictures is amazing.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
I really love to shoot in big cities! I never had to take portraits in New York City and I would really love to.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
I don’t really have a favourite picture at the moment. I really like my portraits which I took in Chicago.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
moody / contrasty / art
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones?
In my opinion a cell phone camera will never completely replace a camera
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
My opinion is that creating a better image never just comes from spending more money on gear. With limiting yourself you always learn more then investing in expensive gear. It also depends on what your skills are and where you’re looking to take your photography.