Interview: Photographer Alberto Tandoi (Italy)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I am a photographer, I am Italian but based in London. I really like all aspect of photography but mainly I do portraits and fashion.
How and when did you get into photography?
I was in the Erasmus program in Germany, and I followed a photography course at the university, was based on reportage photography, we had to do a project every 2/3 weeks develop the negative, prints the pictures and show them to the classroom and then we would have a discussion about them with the professor as well. Was amazing.
What does photography mean to you?
Really interesting way to live new experiences, be nosy and get in contact with new people.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
It depends, and over the years I really experimented with different way to take pictures, different lighting, subjects, using film or digitals, it makes it interesting for me, there is always something new to experience and learn.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Everything, books, painting movies, you can literally take on everything you want and translate it into a photoshoot or a project.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture ?
Most of the time for my porofessional work and my personal projects as well, I can have an idea and sometime I could have even a sort of storyboard or guidelines of what I want, but I leave it quite open because I think that is the beauty of taking pictures, discovering while shooting.
Studio, on location or both?
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
A professional hobbyst :-) is my work because I am a paid professional but at the same times I develop project on the side that aren’t commissioned so I guess they enter in the real of hobby. I am working right now on my first photographic book, that is something quite different of what I normally do, and is on the reportage/documentary type of photography and I have been working on it for the past few years, and well I spent a lot of time effort and money on it and barely no-one have seen it yet, so I guess for the Monet have been an hobby…. For the moment ;-)
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Canon, lens depends of what I have to do, and something I use a Mamyia Rb67 that is a tank, and really different to use it ( weight a ton so you really have to use it on a tripod ) few times while using it people would think I was filming because is so big that look like a movie camera.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Keep it going, keep shooting and have fun.
What do you think of our new magazine?
It is great I really like the layout, it make the pictures stand out, well done :-)