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Interview: Photographer Vladic Ciccotosto (Italy)

Can you tell us a little about you?

So, firstly my name is Vladic, but originally was Vladislav Vladimir Xomenkho, from that first name is come my actual artistic name, my real photography passion was started since 2017 with my first Reflex, the Canon 1200D and before with a normal smartphone, the LG G4, before that the Photography was only a dream. Adopted from Ucraine with my brother, Rostic (Rostislav Xomenkho), from italian parentswe came to Italy in 2008 in Vasto. In these 14 years our life wasn’t simple, starting from bullish, the autism certificate from 2011 in the Abruzzo’s ASL in Chieti province. The live is very long to describe, ad terrific for me to explain some things and storica events in my life and for that want to speak about it with pretty things that understand the readers my life in summary. You find my history in short in the PDF linked in the root directory called: HISTORY (Estratto from 6th June 2022 ISSUE by INAIL) - ITA.pdf Written in Italian language from the SuperAbile by INAIL Magazine for Diversity and narrate my life in short with the cruelty of facts.

How and when did you get into photography?

Emm, my curiosity for the Photography was in a specific period in my life, in the 2016s I’ve started with my first camera phone, in that period, my LG G4, with this phone I started to experiment the manual sections in the camera, video and a little things about modding etc. But, the very first approach to a true photography was in the period when I bought my first DSLR, a Canon 1200D with the 18.55 kit. Starting with nature photography, long expositions and landscapes I’ve been passed to Portraits in that time, when I’ve been refunded fro m my AKG K702 Reference Earphones buying my first 50mm lens, the Canon 50mm F1.8 STM, fro that I’ve been effectively started with Portrait Photography, in that period only subjects I had was my cat, and some animals and Macro’s. My real first subjects are started with my parents, my brother and old friends. The Fashion Photography is coming from the September, last year, 2021, after my first Photography Exhibition where my old pictures (old style) were exposed. From the October in that year In started effectively to research my Style ad approach with Fashion. From that year, I photographed over 300 girls (in about only 10 mounts, excluding January, February and March where I stopped to shoot for personal and legal problem with my parents, where I came to L’Aquila, with a actual support administrator, that was nominee by my tutelary judge. From the end of March I resumed shootings and I didn't stop anymore.

What does photography mean to you?

This is difficult, but, in the same time, very simple to explain with only a phrase: it was my poor salvation from bullying life and loneliness. My life was better because it was like a revenge to me, my resurrection. I see in my portraits the emotions that I lost in my life, the cuteness, the beauty, delicacy, sweetness, elegance, charm, expressiveness, sensuality and femininity. These are my first words for describe a perfect models / girls that I continually research for my portfolio, researching delicate, unique, mediterranean and nordic sizes.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

My first thing is delicacy. From that word I’ve been created my signature and stamping colors, starting from pastel colors and mapping. The based presets are the Vichy & Baumann Wedding based color grading palette, especially them AURA Vol. III coloring scheme Adobe Lightroom Premium Presents. As I hand I perfected their colour palette until I arriving at my own real finished color tone, unmistakable feature of my photographic style.

Where do you get inspiration from?

My first inspiring portals are: - - - (recently seriously reconsidered for fashion / glamour / beauty outfits / make-up inspirations, light scheme and styles and photographic compositions) My personal loved fashion photographers, starting from Italian bigger and emergent photographers: @nicholas.fols, @alessioalbi, @revefotografie, @francesco_francia_photography, @martinamariottiph, @niclacentos, @rachelepettarelliph, @emanueledimare_,, @giacomolazzari__, @giuliotolliph, @giulioalesse, @fabiocassaniph, @raffaeleingegno, @stexmancinelli, @albertobuzzanca, @gaiadiloreto_, and others…

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

I'll be honest, I prefer to to hone my style every time slowly. But I started with a solid base and my style already started.

Studio, on location or both?

Both, I love natural light, indoor or outdoor it doesn't have a substantial difference, but the studio services are very helpful to joke with lights and experiment a lot of things and lightening styles and techniques. I not have a lot of experience in studios, but I’m starting.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

This was my first question, continue like a appassionate photographer or become professional. I want to travel and work with this passion everywhere and i hope to become a professional soon and earn from my work and experience, but without ending up in banality.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

Well, my most memorable sessions was started with my dreaming model. Sabrina Barca (Instagram @sabrina_barca), in the 28th May of this year (2022), she was my best experience and the same day with another beautiful model: Julia Magrone (instagram @juuliam__). I learned a lot from them, especially from Sabrina, also learning many notions and advice that were useful to me.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Canon forever! I have now the Canon 5D Mark IV, favorire lenses are the Sigma Art series, the best Lester in the world for me, not expensive and perfect. I have the 35mm, 50mm and 105mm Art Series, the same aperture F1.4 Canon EF mount, and the Canon L Series of the first 24-70 F2.8L USM.

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

Don’t start from a high budget, experiment, find your style and the sector of photography. If you want to win you can select a specific genre of the photography and refine it. Don’t do all and in the poor quality, a true artist, initially don’t earn initially, but if you are a valid photographer and your pictures are unusual and creative you have a good chance to work with it. The second thing, but first, don’t be competitive! Collaborate, collaborate collaborare with others, photographers, appassionate and amateurs, professionals and beginners, compare with them and experiment with them your art and remember, only you and egoism don’t make a good artist. Collaborations are helpful to confront and meet others that helps you with useful advices.

What do you think of our new magazine?

For now nothing but I want to read and think about that. Thanks for the opportunity . This help a lot and makes me verry happy.

Model: Aurora DeAmicis

(Instagram: @deamiciss_)

Model: Vittoria Di Loreto

(Instagram: @vittoriadiiloreto)

Outfits: ZARA

Model: Giulia Cetrullo

(Instagram: @giuliactrl)

Model: Erin Braida

(Instagram: @erinbraida)

Outfits: ZARA

Model: Claudia Vaccarelli

(Instagram: @claudiavaccarelli_)

Outfits: Imperial

Model: Chiara Masciocchi

(Instagram: @chiaamasciocchii)

Outfits: ZARA / SHEIN

Model: Michela Carpi

(Instagram: @michela_carpii)

Outfits: ZARA

Model: Giorgia Boitano

(Instagram: @giorgiaboitano)

Model: Sabrina Barca

(Instagram: @sabrina_barca)


Model: Angela Montebruno)

(Instagram: @montebrunoangela)

Model: Sara Frattolillo

(Instagram: @frattolillosara)

Model: Eleonora Diubaldo

(Instagram: @eleonora_diubaldo)

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