Interview: Photographer Francesco Del Bravo (Italy)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Francesco Del Bravo, I was born in 1971 in Florence, Italy, where I work and live with my family. My way of conceiving photography can be summed up in the sentence by the great Helmut Newton: “ The desire to discover, the desire to excite, the taste of capture, three concepts that summarize the art of photography. "
How and when did you get into photography?
I have approached photography since adolescence, obviously using analogical equipment. My first camera was in fact a Pentax Me Super still working. With the advent of digital, what was previously only a sporadic activity dictated by curiosity has turned into a real passion. I enjoy any photography genre but I prefer glamour, boudoir and artistic nude.
What does photography mean to you?
Having specialized in "female" photography, let's say that I try to represent the everyday femininity. The simplicity of a look, the wink of an expression, the provocation in an attitude. In short, everything that makes the female world full of charm and at the same time mystery. I try to unveil and discover this universe always leaving space for imagination.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
That’s a good question! I would be particularly presumptuous if I thought I had created a new photographic genre. I usually like to contextualize my photos, not leaving the subject alone by itself but letting it act with the environment in which shooting takes place. That's all.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I am very instinctive. If I do not have a project commissioned with the request of setting photographs into a particular mood, I let the inspiration of the moment emerge. The feeling that I create with the model is very important. Mutual trust is essential for the success of a set.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
A photograph is always thought before the shooting. It is planned to be in color or in black and white. The choice between color and black and white is just a personal vision of the images I have in mind to realize and what I want to convey to the eye of the observer.
Studio, on location or both?
I do not have any preference for indoor or outdoor locations. I like, as I said before, let the models act with the environment where the set takes place to make everything as natural as possible.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I am an amateur photographer. At the moment I am just moved by my great passion.
For the future,...who knows...
What has been your most memorable session and why?
The one not shot yet! We must never rest on what we have already done well, but we must look forward, always trying to improve and get better results.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Since I switched to digital, I've always used the Nikon brand. My favorite lenses are definitely the 24-70 f2.8 and the 50mm f1.4 that are always in my bag of photographic equipment.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Humility. Always put yourself to test and do not be afraid of the critics that can be addressed to you. Read, study and learn from the great Photographers and as I said before, never rest ... You never stop learning.
What do you think of our new magazine?
It's a great initiative that gives the opportunity, not only to photographers but also to both female and male models, MUA and stylist to be known by promoting their work. I am very honored to have been chosen for this interview and for the publication of my photos in your magazine. Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity.
Thanks again and ... keep it up.
Model: Giorgia Soleri, Florence, Italy, 2017
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Model: Claire Tess, Pienza (SI), Italy, 2016
Model: Elena Veronica, Florence, Italy, 2019
Model: Hedy Nerito, Florence, Italy, 2017
Model: Kit Rysha, Florence, Italy, 2017
Model: Elisa Pagano, Pistoia, Italy, 2018
Model: Alessandra Giulia LaBassi, Florence, Italy, 2018
Model: Chiara Bianchino, Florence, Italy, 2018
Model: Sergeant Ice, Florence, Italy, 2018
Model: Anastasiia Poranko, Florence, Italy, 2018