Interview: Photographer Andrea Ferrario (Italy)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I'm Andrea Ferrario, I'm 27 years old and I live in northern Italy near Milan. I work as a full-time pharmacist, and in the remaining time I dedicate myself to photography. I am a member of La Cosca, a photographic team specialized in portraits.
How and when did you get into photography?
I've always had the desire and ambition to learn how to take good pictures, so in 2013 I decided to buy my first entry level dSLR; in a very short time it was able to give me great satisfaction. After 4 years I bought my first professional dSLR to take my photography to a higher level.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography for me is an opportunity to show others my vision of the world, to give vent to my creativity and my emotions. Photography is also a valuable tool that allows me to create new relationships with the people I portray or who have the same passion.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My photographic style reflects my personality and my vision of women, of which I have great respect. Through my photographs I want to convey the idea of elegance, freedom and emotion; for this purpose I mainly portray female figures because I consider them the most suitable to represent these concepts.
Where do you get inspiration from?
As a source of inspiration I like to browse my pinterest showcase. I try to nurture my inspiration with everything around me, works of art and literature. Although I think the best inspiration comes within us when we meet and relate to the subject to portray.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I consider myself a hobbyist photographer when I take pictures to enrich my portfolio or when I feel the physical need to photograph. Photography also allows me to earn extra money when clients hire me for photoshoots.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
In general I get an idea about the mood of the shooting but then I prefer to leave space for improvisation.
Studio, on location or both?
I like to shoot everywhere. I love shooting in studio for portraits and commercial photos. Shooting on location instead gives me the opportunity to create enviromental portraits.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I remember with pleasure every photo session. The session to which I am particularly attached is that made with my beautiful friend Pamela, alone on the seashore, at sunset on a stormy day. I still remember the waves, the taste of the sea, the wind and the wonderful colors of the sky that surrounded my beautiful model.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
As a camera body I use a Canon 5d mark iii, so I have to say Canon. However, the camera doesn’t matter, it is only a tool that allows us to capture what we see with our eyes and our mind. I often compare it to a pen, no matter what pen you write with, but what story you tell with that pen. My favorite lenses are Canon 85 mm f / 1.8 and Canon 50 mm f / 1.4 with which I realize 90% of my works.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
The advice I give to new photographers is to try to create their own photographic style without trying to copy the style of others. We must accept the risk that one's style may not please everyone. Look for what makes you unique and differentiates you from others.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I think it's a well organized magazine, with the feature of great artists who have the opportunity to express their vision of photography.