Interview: Photographer Pasquale Di Blasio (Italy)
Tell us something about yourself
I am a 27 yo guy who come from a small town in the beautiful Abruzzo. That small town didn't fit me so well, so when I was 19 I moved to Rome where I studied Cinema and Entertainment. Actually I live in Milan, but I don't even know in which city the life will bring.
How and when did you get into photography?
I got into photography about 5 years ago. I was studing to became a videomaker so I had to study how do photography. Taking pictures to my friends was at first my hobby, but then I thought I could do it as a job.
What does photography mean to you?
For me photography is a way to express how you understand your own reality, it's a message of what you feel and what you are. When I portraite people, I am portraiting myself, my feelings.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
From a technical point of view, I think my pictures are not so dark and not so light, with a medium contrast. Takes are "normal", not so cropped and not so wide. Colors or black and whithe depend by the pictures.
If you are asking me to describe my style I cannot give an answer. People told me that my photos are recognisable but I don't know why. Maybe beacause in my pics there are my personality. Anyway I am happy for that.
Where do you get inspiration from?
My Inspiration come from what I see. It could be a fiction movie or a documentary. Most of the time is art, other times is people and what they do.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Yes. I do a lot of research before shooting and most of the time what I am goint to do it's already in my mind. But sometimes I like to improvise.
Studio, on location or both?
I use to shoot in studio because I like to recreat the light I need. When I do portrait I use natural light as well, often whith a black backdrop behind the person. But now I am working on projects where location is really important also. But actually I definitely love shooting in studio.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I choose to be a paid professional because I am trying to get by doing pictures! lol
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I don't have a most memorable session. Everytime that a person opens to me, I remeber that session. I fell in love many times!
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Art, Art and Art! In every aspect.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Always been Canon. Canon cameras are sexier than Nikon ones. Actually my favourite lens is 70-200 f/2.8, not so easy to use, but it gives great results.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Never give up and study all the time. And remember that cameras and lens and other stuff are just tools, it counts what you put inside a picture.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I really like the philosophy, helping to promote young creatives it's a relly good thing. The fact that it's free is fantastic.