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Interview: Photographer Lino Di Lernia (Italy) Winner of the Month

Tell us something about yourself

I’m a Italian photographer based in Milan and specialized in portraiture and fashion photography.

How and when did you get into photography?

My passion for photography goes back in time when I was a child and I started to look at the world through my first camera . I still remember with great emotion when in those years I spent so many hours in the dark room; I was totally fascinated to see how my shots took shape.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is my greatest passion and a very important part of my life . I love contact with people and through photography I like and excites me to be able to capture their soul.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

My photographic style is a fusion of fashion photography and lifestyle photography with a bit of artistic spirit.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I love to get inspired by the photography masters, such as Gian Paolo Barbieri , Peter Lindbergh , Steve McCurry …

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?

I like to plan my shooting by creating mood boards in collaboration with stylists and makeup artists.

Studio, on location or both?

Both, but mostly studio.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I consider myself a hobbyist even though I am a member of the Italian professional photographers association.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

All sessions l have something special and I enjoy every session . However my biggest emotion I felt a couple of years ago photographing together with Gian Paolo Barbieri who I consider one of the greatest fashion photographers of all time .

What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?

Always and only the emotion that arouse in me the people I work with.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Nikon ; Favorite lens - 85mm F/1.4 G.

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

Transform your photography into your main communication tool and always believe in your work.

What do you think of our new magazine?

It is a beautiful showcase of models and great photographers to be inspired by. It is truly an honor for me to be part of it.

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