Can you tell us a little about you?
Hello, my name is Stefano, i live in the Milano area, Italy.
I grew up with a punk/hardcore attitude and basically i’ve been a musician my whole life.
And because of that i’ve been travelling non stop since i was 17.
How and when did you get into photography?
around 20 years ago i started using my father’s camera, an 80’s film Pentax and started taking pics with it while i was on tour with my bands with zero technical knowledges, punk as i was. After a couple years i felt like i could face those technical sides that were kind of scaring me before and i started buying books on photography and i slowly learnt it all by myself with no tutorials or stuff like that. It was fun and real.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography means getting to know people, places, cultures and feeling less alone.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
Oh, that’s embarrassing, i have no clue what to say about it. I keep changing, developing, learning, copying better photographers eheheheh. Lots of friends criticise me because i basically do two different things: street and portraiture/beauty. I like too many things and try to be fresh in all of my shots and there is still a long way to run….
I would say that the i don’t fit into the glam thing nor in the fine art/poetic thing, kind of in the middle. I’d love to be more cinematic in my shots, for sure.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Novels, Movies and the photography Masters (except for the shots i copy directly from the most “a la page” instagrammers)
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Sometimes, but as for everyone in the world, eventually something different comes out!
Studio, on location or both?
Both, i try to be as much open minded as i can.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I’m stuck exactly in the middle.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
Oh many, i always love to shoot outdoors in Hong Kong because i love the city so much and i get so many inputs from it, and even if the light is tough there, the colours in the streets are amazing. But then nicest shootings i had were the ones with smart ones, with a good sense of humor, which is rare amongst people in the world of photography, at least as far as my experience goes. A couple of times in the US we almost caused some car crash because drivers were “distracted” by us, well not to by me indeed, and they kind of cursed us ehehe. Another time had to sneak up a skyscraper to shoot on the rooftop in NY, and i was same time afraid and having fun, or a few months ago in berlin we did two different shootings at the same time on a rooftop with a good friend photographer and we were so many people, so many ideas, someone almost fell down the building etc….
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Cano, because my father uses a Nikon :) 35mm as fuck!
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Ahahah, easier to take a stroll on the moon today. I would humbly suggest to pay attention to what’s going on out there, which keeps changing from months to months, so don’t loose track of the stream, but at the same to build your own culture which is directly reflected in your photography at one point. Then build good net of friends in the same field and never feel totally accomplished. Then, just work hard and harder, that’s the real genius: working hard and don’t be afraid to ask money for that.
What do you think of our new magazine?
It looks cool and fresh and the light looks bright ahead and it features so much stuff that i got lost many times browsing it :) Cool thing indeed.