Interview Photographer: Antonio Funaro (France)
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Tell us something about yourself
I was born in Naples and grew up using a Canon T60. I started studying analog photography in high school, spending most of my time developing film and printing in the darkroom... even when I should have been in class! Later, I drew my inspiration not only from well known photographers but also from classical painters and everything to do with storytelling through images. I am fascinated by light and apply everything I've learned from photography to my work as a Lighting Director and animator for 3D productions. I was also able to draw on my knowledge of color theory, colorimetry, composition, drawing, illustration when I worked as a Digital Painter for Walt Disney’s comics. Since I'm passionate about fashion, Paris seemed like the perfect place to dedicate myself full-time to fashion photography. The city continues to afford me so many enriching experiences that I haven't regretted the decision to settle here for even a second.
How and when did you get into photography?
It happened when I saw my uncle’s Nikon and I fell in love with it. So my parents bought me for my 8th birthday a Canon T60 with a 50mm and a flash, i was really happy, but all photos i took during my birthday was totally black eheh, my passion really started after 2nd “kodak 100 asa color film” roll :)
What does photography mean to you?
It’s a language and is a really good way to tell something to the world, i would like insert social contents in my editorials :) to awaken our consciences, to combine my love and passion for fashion to something useful to better understand where we are, what we have around us. I think is a really good way to communicate to the world.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
If I had to use put it into words I'd say that my style is elegant, narrative and i like add intensity to my scenes. My style is “Personal” because from judgements and critics I had and from self criticism I can say that I like feel I am the creator of everything I do, without having to fit into a specific box
or copy anyone else.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I love genuine people who can speak with their eyes, with a smile, an expression. I am fascinated by suffering looks. Sorrow is an emotion that makes the eyes take shape. People who have really lived tell their story with their eyes. It’s something that always shines through. I've gotten used to interpreting the figure, the silhouette, i’m not talking about a flat stomach, but about the outline of people. That tells a lot, sometimes more than words, about a person. Of course I love also a good smile :)
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Yes i do, i love imagine the result, the atmosphere, the storytelling, the attitude, colors, acting, expressions, hair and makeup, and i love so much when i take photos i never planned, i think which are the most creative images i can have.
Studio, on location or both?
Absolutely Both, never have limits. In studio you can create, on location you can learn how adapt yourself to the environment.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I consider myself a photographer, it’s a job for me, it’s a lifestyle too, i take photos even for free sometimes but when i’m paid is better eheh.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
When for the first time in Naples i was assistant to a wedding photographer, i followed him during all day, watching him at work, helping him, etc and in that day i understood all things i don’t like and i’ll never do, you need to know the evil to avoid it :)
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
The people, the life and my needs to telling stories, to be creative and to speak to the people through the photography.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I had only Canon in my life, actually i’m owner of a Canon 5Ds R and i’m really happy, even if my dream is own a Hasselblad H6D.
My favorite lenses are my Canon 50mm 1.8 STM and my 24-70 F4 is L soon i’ll buy a 70-200 2.8 is L :)
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
My advice is to Turn off facebook, the pc, and study a lot of photographers, to understand where to focus on, to take a lot of pictures to show to people, accept critics and learn from The technique is related to the practice. ( but is better study it too )
What do you think of our new magazine?
I love the blog and there are a lot of amazing editorials, i found a huge quality of contents and a lot of interesting interviews too, i hope to submit a story to your magazine very soon :)