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Interview: Photographer Antonella Cunsolo (Italy) Winner of the month

Tell us something about yourself

I am a 43-year-old woman who loves Photography and Art in all its forms.

Above all I am a Psychologist than a photograper, but Photography is now part of me and used well has also a great therapeutic power. I photograph for myself first and foremost and I love to teach others everything I know.

How and when did you get into photography?

I started looking my father. After my graduation in Psychology achieved in Rome, I began to study Photography: first with a professional course, at the end of which I obtained the title of Photographer, then other courses and workshops across Italy and also with international masters.

Since 5 years I have been teaching photography in the association I am President of, founded in Catania (Sicily) in 2012, after many years of experience in training.

I hold courses throughout Italy for all levels and ages of Portrait, Landscape, Street and Infrared

What does photography mean to you?

Photography for me is indispensable. It is the best way to express who I am and my emotions. I can not help it and it is important for me to convey to others everything I know. At the same time I am the first who never ends up studying and experimenting.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I am a lover of beauty and elegance and of photographic technique. But the most important thing I want in my photos is the soul of those who I portray or the emotions that the scene convey to me. Without this, photography does not communicate anything important.

My strong emotionality and the study of psychology have always helped me through this.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Inspiration comes at any time from what I have inside, from the people I meet or who I love, from something I look or read. In a nutshell, from all that gives me an emotion.

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?

Yes, I always think first what I want from an image. I try not to leave anything to chance. Every photo has to talk and express something, tell a story, excite emotions; otherwise it is not a good photo.

Studio, on location or both?

I take photos both in studio and outdoors or in different settings. However, I always prefer natural light.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

It's started as a passion and it still is a passion, but it's becoming more and more a work.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

Surely the one set in 18th century held in a historic building of the time, taking care of the minimal details of dresses, makeup and hair style. I love sessions in vintage dresses.

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

Surely the great Italian and international photographers such as Gianni Berengo Gardin, Giovanni Gastel, Paolo Roversi, Margaret Bourke White, Annie Leibovitz, Steve Mc Harry, Emily Soto, etc ...

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Canon. 85mm 1.2

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

Learning from the great photographers, without copying them. Always put yourself and your own emotions into what you do. That's what makes a difference for me.

What do you think of our new magazine?

I think it's an interesting showcase to introduce models and photographers

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