Lens: Voigtlander nokton 50mm f1.1
Camera: NEX-7, ISO3200, f1.1, 1/80, raw
Christmas holidays are over, and tomorrow will be the first day of my new life. As you may know I resigned from my permanent position as coordinator of the bioengineering unit of a big private research company to finally start working as a full time photographer. I took this decision in November, but it got effective solely the first of January 2013. So, quite a brutal way to say: this year will be different!
However, shortly after I resigned, I got convinced by my boss to accept a project-based contract so not to leave him alone with the management and coordination of an important European research project we are involved in. This new position leaves me completely free to manage my working schedule and, also, doesn’t include most of the other projects and activities I was previously coordinating. So, my involvement in the bioengineering world has been seriously cut down (and so has my salary, but luckily not in equal measure), which will give me plenty of time to invest in my photography business. So, I’m not full-time (yet), but quite close, plus I have a bit of salary which, in times of massive economical crisis as these are, seems almost a luxury, surely something I couldn’t refuse hearth-lightly “with a family to feed”…
There’s also another crucial thing that happened together with all these contract changes: now my whole family, Claudia’s whole family, my bosses, my co-workers, my employees, everyone knows what my real life goals are. I don’t have to justify how I employ my time, if anything I can finally be openly proud of my photographic business, and nobody will be surprised the day I’ll eventually say “so long fellow researchers, family members, and whoever is listening, I got this big, fat assignment so I have to go, cheers!”.
This whole situation, the fact that I came clean with the world, puts me in a completely different mood and mind state. It is like I finally totally live in my body, in my time, in my head, there’s not some part of me constantly elsewhere, secretly minding to other business. I am Luca Rossini, professional photographer and part-time bioengineer. Does it sound ridiculous? I don’t care, I’m fine with wearing these shoes for some time.