I shot my first film when I was 10. My first time was with a compact rangefinder that it's probably got lost in one of the moving. It was red, if I remember right. My father taught me how to do it. A few years later I was 15 and I got my first assignment for a local weekly paper. Nothing hard or complicated, obviously. I used to work with my father's gear: Nikon F2, FE, FE2 and some lenses I still use nowadays!
Few years later, when I was 18 (2003), I already had taken photographs at several events. All of them on film.
I grew up and decided to go to university, to study Psychology. I moved out of my parents' house to study, so I left the job at the weekly paper. I tried to continue shooting discovering the modern digital photography. It was amazing! I could have shot tons of pictures, I could have made every possible mistake! It was so amusing to use my new digital gear, that I decided to make it my job. After only 5 years of “shooting mistakes” and doing events for the students’ associations, I changed subject at university and opened my very personal photo studio, turning photography into my official job. It was so good owning a business!
After only 5 years of “shooting mistakes” and doing events for the students’ associations, I opened my very personal photo studio
Eventually I became a fashion photographer and for 3 years I managed my team and my business in order to make it survive. But one day I found myself thinking: “I’m tired of taking pictures in this way. I’m tired of the customers that don’t understand the value of a photo book”. I was sick of it because being a freelance photographer in my country was like: “Oh! you’re a photographer! Amazing! So what's your real job? How do you pay your bills?”. It is still so, sadly.
I just moved out. I went to Berlin. I didn’t want to be a photographer anymore. Not a pro at least! I took all my gear and stuff though, I don’t know exactly why. Most of all my analog gear. But for an whole year I was unable to shoot any kind of photography. I felt queasy every time I put my eye through the viewfinder.
Than, slowly, I got closer again to my gear and my cameras, the analog ones, because they don't require any post production on computer.
I took all my gear and stuff though, don’t know exactly why. I felt queasy every time I put my eye through the viewfinder.
I discovered once again analog photography. Slowly I dusted off my Nikon FM2 and FE2, cleaned the lenses and bought some films. B/W for starting. I developed them by my own. It was a relief to discover that taking pictures doesn’t mean to respect a deadline anymore, to satisfy a customer or to take just a perfect shot.
Photography became a passion, again. Just walking slowly and having fun. That’s the way it should be!