Docu Interviews is a series where we interview the person behind the camera.
Who Are you?
I am a 28 year old boy who discovered photography about a year ago. In my life I have studied sports science and have been working as a tennis teacher for about 7 years. For now I can support myself with my job and invest my money in equipment and travel to take pictures. But I am still an amateur photographer and for now photography remains only my great passion.
Where did you grow up and what was it like?
I grew up in a small town in central Italy called Porto Recanati, a country that thrives on summer tourism because it overlooks the Adriatic Sea. I don’t think it ever had a photographic influence on me except for pushing me to look for stimuli elsewhere. For a child with a certain innate desire to dream, growing up in a small town with the usual people and the usual things to do can really be a push to “go beyond”.
How did you became a photographer?
I don’t really know, honestly. I still don’t feel like a photographer. Photography for me was a natural evolution of my desire to know and explore. A way to express myself and make those around me understand who I really am but also a way to tell what I see and live.
Why did you choose photography over other mediums?
Because I think that photography is simpler and more immediate than many other means. Anyone nowadays can take a picture with simple basics. It does not need such in-depth technical knowledge as music for example. Moreover it was natural for me to approach a camera, because I live with curiosity and desire to know. Putting your eye behind the lens allows you to get in touch with a parallel reality where you can notice every detail that surrounds you.
What is the most interesting project you have been working with?
So far I have only approached street photography. But I do not rule out that with time I could take other paths.
What do you usually do when you start a new project?
As I have already said I have not started projects beyond simple street photography. For now I photograph following my instincts when I travel or see new places.
What advice would you give to young emerging photographers?
The advice I can give to those who take this path are not many unfortunately because I haven’t taken pictures for a long time and I don’t have so much experience. Surely a useful thing is to get passionate about watching other famous photographers. See exhibits or just do research on instagram for inspiration. Moreover, if you want to take the road of street photography, always take your camera with you. Finally, listen to yourself and the people around us. I think that photography always starts from our inner condition. If we have nothing inside, we have nothing to tell.
What has been the most touching moment in your career?
If we can define it that way, the moment that motivated me most ever is when the Spi instagram page selected for the first time a photo of me, publishing it and giving value to my work. From then on I realized that someone else had enjoyed my work and I felt really motivated.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on myself, trying to figure out if this road can actually take me far. In the meantime I always carry my Leica with me and I try every day to find inspiration in what surrounds me.
Images ©Federico Feliciotti