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Interview: Photographer Paolo Maresca (Italy)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I was born 35 years ago in Medicina in the province of Bologna. My job is a worker and I'm a big fan of music and photography. I love Italian cuisine, I love to travel and play sports.

How and when did you get into photography?

I started photographing and studying in 2009, it has become an indispensable passion for my life.

What does photography mean to you?

It is an unceasing search for projects and challenges so close that sometimes, in this race, I am overwhelmed and exhausted by the events and people to whom I always dedicate myself with great passion.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

There, where some dedicate themselves to a branch or a photographic genre, managing to reconcile their strengths and their time to perfecting some categories in which they feel they belong, I don't… I test myself in all photographic genres that up to today they intrigued me, I try to always give my best, studying and working to achieve a good result. My favorite photographic genres are: street photos, portraits, landscapes and animals.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I take inspiration from photography books, I participate in evenings and conferences where we talk about photography and shoot little, this makes emotions come out and help me to better interpret a new project.

Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?

Sometimes I let myself be transported by photos of great Masters who give me the bases from which to start, then I listen to myself and feel what surrounds me and I photograph what my instinct tells me.

Studio, on location or both?

Photographer everywhere, on the street, surrounded by nature and in location locations.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

Photographer for pure pleasure and passion.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

I don't have a memorable shooting session, every situation has a beginning and an end and it is unique and special every time.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

With the micro four thirds system of Olympus I photograph naturalistic landscape and wild animals photos while with Leica I take portraits and street photography. I have over ten lenses covering all possible photographic genres, from wide angle to super telephoto.

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

The advice I give for those who launch themselves into this world is to be first special people and then great professionals. It is more important to leave a memory of yourself as a person and then as a photographer.

What do you think of our new magazine?

I think it is a truly exceptional magazine, which gives the possibility, in a professional way, to be able to introduce different forms of photographic art.

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