Interview: Photographer Luca Bartoli (Italy)
Can you tell us a little bit about you?
Hi, I'm Luca Bartoli and I'm Italian. I was born in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy, Tuscany, but since 2012 I live in Ferrara, a charming city in the north-east. I work in the industrial field and my real passion, besides the Argentine tango, is photography.
How and when did you get into photography?
I approached photography as a boy when I bought my first camera, a Praktica analogue reflex. I used to shot pictures during my holidays and printed the negatives as slides to show them to relatives and friends on the living room walI. The true awareness of wanting to shot pictures was born ten years ago, when I attended photography and post-production lessons. The teacher was a friend of mine, a very talented photographer and, in a short time, he managed to make me a real passion.
What does photography mean to you?
Emotions, Sharing, Love, Passion. Thanks to photography in a difficult moment of my life, I found out a new emotional balance. With my partner Federica we created a website where to combine her passion for writing with mine for photography. Rediscovered passions take shape from the deepest emotions of our soul, different expressions that come together in a single project. Thus ScattinVersi was born, words and photos of lived moments that come together and give life to universal emotions. I invite you to visit our website at the link https://scattinversi.com
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers?
With the pseudonym ElleBierre photographer I imagine my photography as reading a book where the writer is an external narrator and guides the reader through a story that can be anyone's story. Those who look at my photography are free to interpret it according to their own emotions, their sensitivity and their own experience without trying to understand what the author wanted to tell.
My thought on photography is "The light in the eyes is what shows the soul, an emotion that lasts an eye blink. Capturing the moment makes a beautiful portrait become an unique shot. This is what I'm looking for in my photography "
Where do you get inspiration from?
Everywhere. When I see a characteristic place, a person, when I read, from movies or news on tv, when I surf the net and social media. And of course from modelleland magazine J. In short, when I daydream.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?
Certainly. The emotional aspect is important as well as the right scene composition. I study the place, the light, the composition, I set the camera for the effect I want to achieve and then I shoot. But during the shooting I let myself to be carried away by the moment and the emotion that the model gives me.
Studio location or both?
I look for particular locations suitable for the stories I want to tell and I always try an unusual shooting point, often through objects that I use to give depth to the image and to create intimacy with the subject.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I am an amateur photographer with a great passion, always looking for continuous improvement, watching the work of professionals and amateurs, reading, informing and attending workshops.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I always say that my best shot or project will be the next one. But surely so far the project “No Violence against women stop silence” words and photos is what gave me the greatest satisfaction. A project born inside our family sharing our passions, giving life to a story in which we believed a lot. A message to our sons, who actively participated, a message for all those women who still do not find the strength to react, a message to all men who still today are guilty of an absurd violence. You can see the free ebook of the project at the following link https://www.flipsnack.com/scattinversi/no-violence-against-women-stop-silence.html
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Canon. I have no prestige lenses. I mainly use fixed 50 mm and 85 mm optics but I always have my 70-200 L series as my rescue optics. When the light conditions are good with this lens I am a sniper I never miss one shot.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Not being a professional I don't know. What I can say is that like any other hobby, it must be cultivated with passion and a sacrifice, shooting a lot and learning from others but above all by one's own mistakes.
What do you think of our new magazine?
Very interesting and complete, leaves room for new photographers and models and consecrates established professionals. Browsing through the magazine you will find great quality job and it is an incredible source of inspiration.
Model: Francesca Burzi Mua: Antonella Iovine Location: Ferrara Farmhouse Lama di Valle Rosa