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Interview: Photographer Paola Salviano (Netherlands)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I was born and raised in Brazil and graduated in Architecture and Urbanism. Thanks to my education I moved to Europe and started developing more my love for photography.

How and when did you get into photography?

I got my first exchangeable lens camera 10 years ago. I was the annoying friend who was taking pictures of everything and everyone until I got into travelling with and those snaps started to call my friends attention. My partner suggested I get a better camera so I did it. Was a coincidence that we were in lockdown right after and, during Corona, I had time and gave it an extra push. When I realised my skills were getting better and I was able to do it more professionally.

What does photography mean to you?

A media to express and share how I see the world.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I guess my style is quite vibrant, sharp and experimental with different lights, settings and shutters. I am still trying to understand what my style is but I guess is a constant journey.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I love to observe and look at the world around me. So travelling, designing, and visiting museums and old masters taught me a lot about light, composition and colour. But also many photographers do great work so I get a lot of inspiration from fellow colleagues.

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

Yes, I'm the crazy mood board maker. And now I am getting into sketching and planning scenarios for my shoots too. Let's see how it goes.

Studio, on location or both?

Both, I like to change all the time.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

A paid hobbyist.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

Uh.... I guess, for now, a collaboration with the designer Bryan Borghans. Those pictures brought good feedback from many parties and it was my first application for Vogue Italy.

Nikon or Canon? Favourite lens?

Sony. Prime 35mm 1.4 - for now.

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

Go out and shoot. Ask people who can give you real critique. Accept it, try it and see how it goes.

What do you think of our new magazine?

I think it looks great and you will have more and more quality of pictures coming with how big is getting.

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