Lens: Voigtlander color-skopar 35mm f2.5
Camera: NEX-7, ISO1600, f2.5, 1/8, raw
23.45 PM. I’m back home, exhausted and euphoric. I still have the daily picture to shoot, but first I need to cook some dinner. The babysitter left the TV is turned on a movie. Claudia goes immediately to check her emails and facebook before dinner. I look at her from the kitchen when some blue scene happen in the movie, projecting a deep blue light in the living room. I have just the time to grab the camera (it’s still around my neck), focus, compose, and shoot. This is the story about the pic, but why am I back so late and why am I euphoric?
Today, for the first time in my life, I showed my portfolio to professionals. Tau Visual, the Italian professional photographers association, organized a free event in which they put together young professional photographers with successful photographers. The mentors were divided by their area of expertise. There was an expert for every possible discipline, even niche ones like burlesque.
I decided to go first to Antonio Barrella. He’s an excellent fashion and jewelry photographer, who has worked for brands like Bulgari and Swarovsky among others, and has published his works on Vogue and Life, but he’s also a teacher at and the coordinator of the Photography Department at IED (European Design Institute) / Visual Arts in Rome. He’s well known among his students for being quite tough in the evaluation of their work.
Then I went to Daniele Fiore. He’s also a great photographer, very well-known in the automotive (bmw, lancia, land rover, maserati, mercedes, saab, etc.), advertising (adidas, nike, warner bross, etc.), and corporate (bunge, cnh, trenitalia, etc.) photography.
Finally, I showed my work to Giacomo Daniele Fragapane. He’s a curator and historian of photography and a teacher both at IED and at the University of Siena. He published tons of books and papers on the new methodologies for analyzing photographs. He knows very well how to look at a set of photographs and judge the project behind them.
To make a (very) long story short, they all loved my work. They gave me a lot of great advises. I showed them a selection of the nocturnal views. Then a set with a few “dark portraits”. And then the photo-shoot of the actor Mario Sgueglia. You’ll reckon than the first two sets were made with photographs coming solely from the 365+1 project. As I said already in other posts, this project is giving me some consistent material, and it seems that I am finally getting to spend it.