I’ve been taking pictures for 17 years now. In the beginning, I was a traveller and stage photographer and then, 3 years ago, I started the glamour/portrait thing as well.
When did you get into photography and why?
I started taking pictures naturally because of my father, he is a good photographer (he still has a huge following on Instagram, ouch!). I literally was inspired by him and by the punk/hardcore stage of photography. I was constantly touring with bands in that scene. Technically I have learnt everything on my own, from books mainly.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
I like almost all styles, and sometimes that confuses me, but hey, I hear people telling me I am better at street shooting, while others prefer my little set ups with models, so I get even more confused. I’d say I’m a little eclectic and I’m happy with that. The only change I went through is the slow improvement I’ve made and I keep making, together with the most important thing to me, which is confidence with her, Mrs.The Light!
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
It really depends on my mood. Usually in art, in my experience, you never obtain what you expected to. I try to have some sketch in my mind but then I’m open to lots of variations. I do really love the click and run style, but I’m still far from being able to really feel I can achieve it.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
Well a difficult question indeed, I’m trying to make it very easy to understand who I really am through my pictures. Not there yet, though. Usually I’m a quiet person but very provocative sometimes and stubborn, so my work is aimed to convey myself through the lens, be the subject an Iranian Village or an exotic looking girl.
Do you have any influences you can share?
I’m more influenced by movies and directors or books than photographers. Wong Kar Wai, Herzog, the Italian neo-realism, lots of Sundance style movies, as well as Hemingway, Tolstoy, and lots of Italian and American writers from the sixties. They give me so much inspiration in art. Of course, twenty years ago I was in love with the photography classics, Bresson etc…
What inspires you?
As said before, books, movies and travels. I do travel constantly.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
The only bad photographer, as far as I’m concerned, is the one who brags about himself too much. It’s your work speaking for you, not your mouth. A bad Photograph, is the imitation of an imitation of an imitation…and probably I do many too! Heheheh! Originality is always the best inspiration.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
Fun must always be the main goal, otherwise it’s just a duty and passion goes somewhere else. Honestly, I wouldn’t be that scared to get some more money once in a while hehehe.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I guess I use almost all the social media platforms around, but mainly Instagram, it has higher image quality.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
I follow so many photographers, I find inspiration also in the ones that are very good capturing pictures with a smartphone. It may sound weird, but those
people are really “fresh” sometimes. Different approaches. Saying that, there are so many good photographers out there, that sometimes I feel like quitting hahah.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
For me they are two different things. I’m not good with the mobile thing, but as I said I admire those people who are good at giving me emotions through a telephone!
What are your main go to cameras, lenses and how did you make that choice?
Canon, 85mm, 35mm and 50mm mainly. I’m only good with shallow depth of field, that’s why! But I’d love to own a Leica in my life one day.
What is your dream location to shoot at? My favourite locations are the streets, the shops and the crowded places, basically cinematic spots. Recently I focused on indoor set ups, but I believe my thing is more like movie scenes.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
Oh, I have a few favourite ones. I would say that I really see the good ones as the pictures that I planned and that came out the way I wanted. As many photographers know, most of the times you plan a picture and eventually you get something nice, but far from what you aimed to obtain. Therefore, when I plan and at the of the day I got exactly what I wanted I’m very proud of myself and love the pic. But hey, maybe I just have an amateur attitude and skill heheheh. I’m still in love with film pics I took in 2002 during my first trip to India.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Smooth, versatile and improving.
How would you describe the current scene in photography?
Eh a very important subject. The scene is evolving so fast, that I read some very famous photographer declaring that maybe the art of photography actually was born in the last 15 years. I wouldn’t totally agree with that, but surely something new is on the table and we still haven’t fully understood it. Any great new photographers in addition to millions of people with a quickly fading passion push the scene forward.
How do you feel about higher quality cameras being put into smart phones?
For many people who started with film, honestly, the advanced cameras on smartphones to me is a little scary and I’m afraid it could destroy the actual art of taking pics. On the other hand, so far, it has just been like any other new technique to capture images. Who knows what’s next?
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
Good cameras, expensive ones, to me, are good until a certain point, then It’s about heart, culture and fantasy of the person behind it. I’d say expensive cameras can make max 30 per cent of the image.