Photography is not just an art
Photography is craftmanship, especially when it comes to film: it means to have a good eye and a profound technical knowledge. I don’t like to call myself an artist.
I like to create a beautiful photograph, a thing that says something about me and, moreover, about the subject I’m shooting, that tells its beauty, its love story, a detail of its personality.
George Eastman, founder of Kodak, used to say that “photography is brought within reach of every human being who desires to preserve a record of what he sees… and enables the fortunate possessor to go back by the light of his own fireside to scenes which would otherwise fade from memory and be lost”. I couldn’t agree more.
Brief storyline of my encounter with photography:
Age 5: creation of my first photos with my mom’s Canon T70. Cut off feet, chopped heads and astigmatic horizons date back to this period.
Age 6: awareness of the fact that I don’t like to be in front of a lens, but rather behind, realization that came after a disagreement with my mom [read: I didn’t talk to her for two days], caused by a photo where my feet were showing. I used to hate my feet.
Age 13: consolidation of the previous awareness, concretized however not by producing new pictures, but by avoiding anyone who tried to take a photo of me.
Age 19: grand theft of my then boyfriend’s lomographic Holga. Grand theft of my mom’s digital camera. Grand theft of my mom’s previously mentioned Canon T70.
Age 20: purchase of my first camera, called Colette, following the complaints filed against me by the previous owners of my cameras.
Age 21-31: purchase of other six cameras, film and digital, small and medium format, collection that doesn’t seem to be decreasing in any way.
4 THINGS ABOUT ME
4 THINGS ABOUT ME