Interview: Photographer Alutto Luca (Italy)
Tell us something about yourself
My name is Luca. I'm 36 and I'm a skilled worker.
How and when did you get into photography?
I have always been interested in photography since I was little..However, I started to dedicate myself seriously to photography 5 \ 6 years ago with my first photographic kit.
What does photography mean to you?
I have toughth about it several times:... for me taking photos is that moment when I can set aside the problems of everyday life and then relax?. I love portraits: taking photos of faces always give different emotions: ... one gives me a smile, another one a small grimace. Everything is fantastic.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I'm a portraitist. I love photographing the faces of my models: it always gives me a lot of emotions and I hope to transmit them into the picture
Where do you get inspiration from?
I take inspiration everywhere: walking in the street, driving around, reading books and watching movies. However the main source of inspirations are the web and Instagram. I often look at picturesof photographers that I admire a lot. ... I am always looking for inspiration and new ideas.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
I always try to imagine what I would like to accomplish ... I make surveys and take notes, to planthe correct lighting and the setting . It may seem silly but I also make small designs to recreate the scene, which I will useto takemy photos ... I also often improvise because I don’t know in the place where the photos will be taken.
Studio, on location or both?
I do not like closed places ... I love outdoors locations and I love to exploit the natural light around us. ... Like a painter uses brushes to draw a picture, we photographers use light as a brush.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
For me photography is a hobby,with the hope that one day it can become a job.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I think of an episode with a model ... I went to his home in the mountains ... I had to recreate an image where he resembled a viking ... ?... Wegot dirty hands and painted all around the eyesthen took the mud on the ground and got dirty all over ... This made me smile a lot and we created one of my favorite photos .
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
I do not have only one but many ... Certainly, the greatest portrayers in the world gave me a lot of inspiration.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I started with a Nikon and then switched to Canon. Now I’m shooting with a Fuji ...I don’t have any “perfect” lens: for now I'm fine with the 35mm 1.4 Fuji
What is piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
The best advice I can give to those who would like start is to not make the mistake that many (including me) often do: you do not have to get an expensive photo kit for thousands of euros....Instead, invest that money in courses where they teach you the technique and to know the potential of a reflex ... Another important thing: to learning to have a photographic eye that is not so easy: you have to train every day and read the books of the great masters of photography.
And if you can’t do it now,don’t give up studying and interacting with other photographers.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I find it very well done and I can’t imagine how much work you dedicate to us for free .... What to say: Congrats and carry on like that!