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Interview: Photographer Michele Scimè (Italy)

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Michele Scimè and I am a professional photographer based in Milan. I studied fashion photography at the John Kaverdash photography academy in Milan. I currently collaborate with some international and national magazines and create advertising campaigns for brands.

How and when did you get into photography?

I started photographing 10 years ago. I started as an assistant in a small studio in my hometown and then moved to Milan to study photography and pursue a professional career

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is the revelation, in the visible, of the invisible. The beauty of a photograph is not only in its composition but what that composition shows.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

My photography is very immediate, simple. I don't like complicated make-up and styling. I like to photograph people, or models, for what they really are. Whenever a model comes into the studio I tell her to feel free to do what she likes and make her f eel at ease. Also for this reason mine is a very fast photograph: maximum one hour and we're done.

Where do you get inspiration from?

My main source of inspiration is books. Every book I read taught me something, both in terms of style and content. I love Murakami for its essential style, I like Palahniuk for its ability to make even the most banal stories interesting.

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?

I do not believe. I think it depends on the work to be done, in general. However, no, I like to see what emerges from the dynamics of a set and take advantage of all situations. I don't want to block a shot just because it wasn't programmed.

Studio, on location or both?

Do we do an 80% studio and 20% location?

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I am a paid professional, with all the responsibilities of the case.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

In reality I don't remember a set that is more beautiful than another. I certainly remember some of them who were very ugly (they never saw the light). I particularly enjoyed the last session in the studio. The model, Giovanna (from Brazil) was a very expansive and energetic girl. We had a lot of fun shooting.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Canon digital with a 50mm f / 1.8 and a TTL flash and Pentax or Olympus for analog

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business? Be yourself, don't pursue what you are not or do not want to be. In photography you always see.

1What do you think of our new magazine?

It is always a pleasure to see that there are people who care about photography and the photographic profession and who work so hard to keep it alive. Thanks for the work you do.



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