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Interview: Photographer Riccardo Ziosi (Italy)

Bijgewerkt op: 22 sep. 2021

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Ziosi Riccardo, I live in the province of Bologna, since I was a child I have always been fascinated by the world of art and all the beauty that surrounds it, so I decided to enter that magical world. before approaching photography I experimented with different fields such as painting and music until finally arriving at photography. photography is what most represents me and what most reflects me.I immediately started photographing abandoned places (Urbex) such as churches, villas, castles and other dilapidated structures in disuse, for several years it was the only photographic genre I dealt with, then the desire to experiment was so great so I gradually approached the world of portraiture by creating a personal studio and studying various professional techniques. still the portrait is the genre that I mainly deal with and that gives me the most satisfaction.

How and when did you get into photography?

I have always been attracted to photography, I saw it as a way to capture time and special moments so that I could go back and relive them. I started shooting with my camera about 10 years ago when I started exploring abandoned places

What does photography mean to you?

photography for me is life, they are emotions that are lived and transmitted to the observer in a nutshell it is art

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

mine is a pictorial style, I am inspired by the paintings of past years, I love the classic Baroque, Renaissance style of painting, I like to recreate scenes inspired by paintings that I like most. I try to keep a line that differs from the usual photographs we see every day.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I am mainly inspired by Baroque art, I draw more inspiration from the paintings of Caravaggio and the works of that historical period

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

not always, usually before creating a set I always think about what I want to photograph, I already imagine the scenes I want to shoot and then make them, but it also happened a few times to improvise and some good works came out

Studio, on location or both?

I prefer to shoot in the studio, but if I happen to find a nice location that is suitable for my photographic genre, I can shoot without problems even outdoors

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

at the moment mine is just a great passion / hobby, I consider myself an amateur photographer, but if one day it should become a job I would be very happy

What has been your most memorable session and why?

it's a difficult question because I liked all the shootings I've done so far, if I have to choose one in particular, probably the one where we recreated the painting of Judith and Holofernes by Caravaggio, as one of my favorite paintings.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

as a camera body I use a sony a7r2 the lens I use most often is sony 28-70mm but also the Meike 85mm manual focus is not bad, it depends on the situations and the work I have to do.

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

first of all it must be a passion then a job, this is the greatest advice I can give

What do you think of our new magazine?

very interesting, I recommend it to all photography enthusiasts

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