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Interview Photographer Annamaria Bortolozzo (Italy)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I live in Venice, Italy. I love photography and art. I like traveling, reading, watching movies, and canoeing.

The subjects of my pictures are almost always women, often combined with flowers; through their portraits I can express and recognise myself.

I’d like that their beauty, made up of poetry, elegance, harmony, emotion and experience, would always have eyes capable of seeing it.

I wish I could fix this beauty in time in order to make it eternal and be able to share it.

With regard to women’s universe, I love the harmony and the elegance of the body; I’m fascinated by the duality of the human being, at the same time seducer and fatal, like in a Klimt’s painting, but also of disarming and pure sweetness, as a Botticelli’s woman.

I think everyone has an inner beauty that deserves to be portrayed.When I take pictures of someone who is not a model and who is in a photographic studio for the first time ever, I like showing the way I see her through my eyes and what impresses me the most. And by getting to know oneself through that shot is pure magic.

It’s an experience of mutual enrichment.

In front of a subject to be photographed, whatever it is, a landscape, a flower, a face or a vase, first and foremost I need to be seduced by it and grasp its beauty, even if only for the time of the shot.

How and when did you get into photography?

A few years ago I approached photography thanks to a meeting with a special “master”, who knew how to make me feel passionate about this art.

Starting to look through new eyes, I learnt how a picture can convey emotions, tell a story, evoke and save.

What does photography mean to you?

For me photography is a constant search for myself, a way to grow and improve, to know and enjoy myself. It’s part of my existence and it makes me feel emotional.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

Fine-art photography portrait

Where do you get inspiration from?

Art, illustrations, renaissance, great photographers, nature, flowers, portraits, films, book

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

Most of the time, my photographs stem from a thought that comes in my mind to become the image I want to accomplish.

And then I try to “build” the photo by choosing each element which belongs to my idea.

Other times, during the creation of the portraits, I usually improvise in the moment, considering the choice of the light one of the most important factors of the shot.

Studio, on location or both?

Both but I prefer studio

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

People pay me for taking pictures and have portraits

What has been your most memorable session and why?

Every session has something memorable

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Canon. My favorite lens 85mm for portraits

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

Look at great photographers rather than instagram. Invest in training, read, watch films, travel. Everything goes into your photos. I think poetry is more important than technique.

What do you think of our new magazine?

I love it!





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