What do you photograph?
Stories. Dreams. I don’t really care for documenting “reality” and its ugly faces, there’s plenty of that on the news. I tend to go for a more fantasy-like twist in my images. My wish is to catch those fleeting glimpses of magic that hide in the layers between light and shadow, reflection and the reflected, illusion and reality. I call those glimpses city dreams and that is what I shoot for the most part. My photographs are like dark chocolate – rich, with a hint of melancholy and a drop of sweetness. Enjoy them slowly.
Do you mostly shoot during the dark hours of the day?
I like darker kind of aesthetic, however, no, I don’t go shooting only when its dark outside.
What’s in your bag?
Fujifilm X-T1 with the 18-135mm Fujinon lens.
From the ranks of the well known ones – Jay Maisel, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Rankin. At the same time there are so many hyper talented photographers that are perhaps lesser known, however, their work takes my breath away.
How much post-processing do you do?
Since I converted to Fujifilm cameras – very little. I live by the mantra “do in-camera everything you possibly can” and Fuji is perfect for this because I love the colors it gives me and the chiaroscuro effect I can get out of it, so I shoot only in JPEG because the quality of the images is amazing and because I don’t want to waste my time doing editing.
Natural or studio light?
Natural all the way. I have no patience for studio lighting.
Is there bad light?
Nope. Light is always light. Its our attitude towards it that’s bad sometimes. Light can be challenging, but its never bad.
Thoughts on photography workshops?
There’s a part of me that craves to attend them and I do attend them now and again, however, it has been proved to me time and time again that… its not for me. Unfortunately. The instructor can be the best of the best and the organization can be impeccable, but… I find that I get frustrated and annoyed with myself and don’t live up to my own standards. However, many people thrive in workshops and I kind of envy them for the ability to do so.
DSLR or mirrorless?
I dont discriminate, but prefer mirrorless.
A dark fantasy love story in Venezia in winter during caigo with a touch of acqua alta thrown in for good measure. It would be either an extremely elaborate affair or an incredibly simple setup, but it would be so much fun…