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Interview: Photographer Alice Gimmelli (Italy)
Tell us something about yourself
My name is Alice Gimmelli, I'm a 21 year old fashion and fine art photographer currently living in Rome.
How and when did you get into photography?
I got into photography when I was 13 years old, it started as a hobby. At first I was really into film photography which taught me many techniques that came in hand later on when I once bought my first digital camera and started experimenting with digital post-production as well.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is the medium I use to communicate my ideas. Without it I wouldn't know how else to express myself and my visual style.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
It's always difficult for a photographer to describe their style, usually you can really notice it once others point out what they find in your artworks that make them recognize you. Visually I would say that my style is very colorful and sometimes a little over the top. I'm not afraid to take risks, which usually results in some eccentric and spooky images.
Studio, on location or both?
As I mentioned before, shooting on location gives me way more space to interpretation. If given the chance, I would always choose a beautiful location over a studio.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Everything I create I first imagine it in my head, and after a quick sketch I'm ready to shoot it. I don't really like using other artists as inspiration because I think there is so much a person can imagine. If I had to choose my main sources of inspiration they would come from other types of art – from music to paintings, but also from the places and people I meet.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Both. I am a hobbyist when I create in my freetime, just for myself. This is also my job though, which does make me a paid professional.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I think each session has its story. I never shoot the same idea or concept, which makes my visual style and ideas always evolve and regenerate. I'm growing with my photography and my photogaphy is growing with me.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?
When it comes to fine art, yes. Fine art photography needs a well-thought idea, which can be explained through images. The viewer needs to understand the concept or the style the project, which means that the artist has to somehow know in advance what is they actually want to communicate with that one, or more, photographs.
When I shoot fashion I usually get on set, look at the model, makeup, and styling, and improvise what is the feeling that the composition of each element gives me. When shooting on location I usually get most of my inspiration from it. I like to integrate the model with the location, as if one couldn't exist without the other.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I shoot with Canon, but I do own many Nikon film cameras.
The lens I usually use, which I think is the most versatile, is the 24-70 f/2.8 from Canon.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Create a portfolio, show who you are and what's your style. The best clients you'll have are those who choose you for your visually style, you originality. Those clients will give you the most space for ideas and usually ask you how you would tell the story.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I think it's a great way to connect artists from all over the world, and get to know them the same way you now know a part of me.
This is my facebook page: www.facebook.com/AliceGimmelliPhotography and my website: www.alicegimmelli.com. If you have instagram you can also follow my works here: www.instagram.com/alicegimmelliphotography.