Interview an artist

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Me at work

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Gianmaria Veronese’s Photography is like a walk through your neighbourhood – but through “new” eyes! So, sit back and inspire your senses!

1. Photography becomes increasingly popular – what do you think, it is that makes people interested in Photography?

I believe that most of the increase in popularity is due to lower costs made ​​possible by digital technology. Also, digital Photography , has allowed many people to take good pictures , at least from a technical viewpoint, thanks to the vision of the immediate results on the LCD screens of camera bodies.
In short, it is easier to shoot in digital and therefore more fun!

2. What does Art/Expression mean to you?

It’s passion first of all and it is the way to vent my creative side.

Art relaxes me and excites me at the same time.

3. Do you have any special relationship with the people you are shooting with? if so, do you think it is important that the artist has that relationship, or should the artist remain detached from its subject?

Certainly the relationship that develops between photographer and subject is important. It is said that there are three actors in the portrait photography: the photographer, subject and viewer.
It is not important for ho long you know a person, because in front of a lens every person reacts differently and that’s where you see the skill of the photographer.
A good photographer must be able to bring out the feelings of a person, not just clicking at the right time, but by talking to the subject and enable them to act out a certain emotion.

4. When did you get in touch with art/photography for the first time – and how?

Photography came powerfully in my life in 2009, when I was given my first DSLR, a Nikon D70.
It ‘was something totally unexpected and if I had been asked at that time what I wanted, I would certainly not have said a camera!
Yet I was fascinated by that thing, that managed to freeze moments of life!
However I did not have much knowledge of what I had in my hands and the results left me puzzled, because they were not sure the height of an DSLR (of course while the equation “Cute photos = Reflex” was very firm in my mind).
Then, one day, during my trip to Rome, due to train delays, I found myself wandering into a library of the station Termini, trying to kill time.
All of a sudden my eyes fell on a photography book that fully supports the D70. I did not think twice and bought it and when I returned to Milan I had already eaten it!
I soon realized that the photos I had just done in the capital did not make sense and I began to understand how to set up a camera using my brain!
From that moment photography has never left me!!

6. Do you think creativity/expression is innate?

Definitely .. especially in photography, where having a creative eye is essential.
An ordinary person sees everything “normal”, while a good photographer can see amazing things, even in “normal” stuff.
And seeing “normal” things in an exciting way can nobody teach you!

7. where do you see yourself in 20 years from now?

Actually I have not decided what it will do when I am “big … and frankly I did not even bother to ..!
I think photography will only become a profession for me if I can find a place to bring out my passion.
working as a photographer under constraint, NO

8. why do you take photos, what is your personal purpose?

I want to make normality extraordinary! Photographing simple things and ordinary people, making normality interesting is my personal challenge.

10. is the final result mostly the one you intended, or is the final result a totally different one? if it is different, are you happy about the outcome or are you disappointed about it?

When I take a pictures I have a clear concept in my mind and usually I get it.
I think it’s important to be committed to achieve a clear concept, otherwise you end up with something you don’t even know yourself what it is.

11. how do you see the things that surround you? Do you look at things from a different angle?

This question got to the point ..it is the viewpoint that is important in photography.
So many times it is enough to crouch down to see everything from a different perspective, which creates interest to the scene.
I also like playing with the focus, this allows you to see things that are not visible with eyes.

12. Would you say that photography is about taste? Do you think photographers, or artists in general, have a better taste than “non artists”?

Surely it is important to have taste. But I do not think that having it or not is the key difference between an artist and a “non-artist. “
Many “non-artists” are not artists, maybe because they do not undertake how to show their taste in a photograph. Or maybe just because they do not believe in their taste.
Having self-esteem and wanting to get involved is important. One can have all the taste of this world, but if he is not willing to put it into question ………

13. do you think art/photography enriches your life?

Oh yes yes yes! It makes me peaceful, it relaxes me and allows me to meet people!
Certainly not rich in the wallet!

14. how did you find your own personal style and how hard is it to maintain that style?

By taking pictures one often finds his/her style. It ‘s a natural path.
It is not difficult to maintain the own style, as long as it is an own style. If I run after the style of another artist I will never get my own .
Surely it is important to browse many photos of others to be swayed and have reference to go in the direction you prefer.

15. looking back in life, with the knowledge you have know. Would you do anything differently in your life if you would be to “re-live” it?

No, I’m very happy with my life and if I had to go back I would do all the important decisions that I made.

16. we are daily overloaded with pictures – photographs, cinema, TV – or just through the use of our eyes – how do you work around the challenge to make people interested in your style? how do you connect the viewer with your pictures?

As already said I do not try anything complicated. But I try to show how extraordinary normality is, simply by representing it through a different eye. And that is what people really like.

17. how do you feel about artists, who are what they are for the sake of making money?

Oh look .. if I had to look at the money you earn doing the work of a photographe I would sell everything!

18. We often see these pictures of starving, sobbing, crying children from third world countries. Do you think photography can do a good job there, showing us what is going on in the world – and thus helping people from third world countries? or do you think we lost the connection with these pictures already?

The photos you talk about are my favorites and in this master McCurry. It is right to portray certain people for the record, to let everyone know what happens in the world. But we must always have respect of the subject, which should not be exploited e.g. to win a National Geographic publication.
Another problem that people often have, who are so used to these views, is that they are not aware of the reality of the subject and tend to belittle these images, therefore, they lose “power”.

19. Is there anything you’d say that you would never photograph? (Shelby Lee Adams home funerals come to my mind)

I think there isn’t anything that I would not photographe. The only thing that blocs my right index finger is if a subject is not willing to be captured in an image. As mentioned before as a photographer you must treat those who stand in front of the camera with respect.

20. Are you trying to reflect your own personality in your photographs, or would you say it is important that photographers show the picture for what it is – thus creating a neutral image of the scene?

The photographer can not alienate ~, this would eliminate the uncertainty principle of Heisenberg “the observer influences the reality he observes: universal subject and not an object any longer” And that is right! The personality of an artist is to give soul to his works.

21.Bob Carlos Clarke Said That “fashion photography is the stupidest thing That you can do with a camera”. That is true do you think?

No, absolutely not! It ‘s definitely a type of photography is very studied, but there should not diminish the importance of the relationship between photographer and subject.

22. What do you feel is the Most Important Part of your pictures? The person, scene, or you Develop the concept and vision around your pictures?

Each different photo. The party has more importance than where I wanted to give more, be it a person or another.

23. are you a spiritual person?

I believe in God and are Catholic.

24. Would You Say That what you do is important as photographer?

For me the same. For the others I do not know, tell me 🙂

25. Imagine That For Some Reason, you’d be able to make only one more shot – and That it Would Be. Exactly what would you photograph?

I would not shoot. If I did not die at the thought of more to press the shutter button!

26. In our “modern” society, all of a sudden everyone is an artist – or at least considers Himself as an artist. What do you think are the Characteristics of a today’s artist and do you think everyone who considers Himself as an artist is truly one?

It ‘s true, many artists believe. I think the first thing to be a true artist is to not consider yourself an artist.

27. Is There Any Dream Realized You Have not yet and you are longing for to Realize?

To live in the East for some time to take take take!

28. What is your biggest fear?

God does not exist.

29. Do you remember the first picture you ever Took?

No, I do not remember. I remember the 10001. Because as Henri Cartier Bresson said, your first 10,000 photographs are the worst.

30. What excites you about photography? Are there any challenges left for you?

Of course, every time I go out to take pictures is a challenge for me. Being able to achieve what I have given myself as goal is my challenge.

31. Please explain the process with Which you “create” photographs. (Eg where do you start – development – final result)

Turn on my brain and connect it with the eyes, look into the viewfinder of the camera and shoot when the brain says ok.
Then a bit of post-production or development, depending if I am shooting in digital or film, and then press.

32. Have people that you have met throughout your life changed your style – or did Because. Or has your style changed by itself? Do you think photography and style is always changing or can it stay the same?

I observe people a lot, maybe even too much. This influences my style constantly.

33. Would you say artists are a different “breed”- many artists are married to other artists – do you think it is hard for an artist to live with someone who does not share the Same artistic passion?

I do not think you can give a definitive answer to this question. Certainly having at his side someone who shares a passion for art is a beautiful thing.
For example, my girlfriend is not a photographer but it helps me a lot to know what a “normal” person thinks of my work. Often the judgement of a person who is a photographer himself is little objective. If I ask a photographer what he thinks of a shot he would probably give me his technical opinion which interests me little. A person “virgin photographer” instead looks at the picture and goes beyond the technical side.

34. What do you see when you look at your own photographs? Do you see a part of yourself in them – or do you look into a completely different world?

I never look at my photos. I watch those of others more talented than me to get inspiration.

35. Do you have any advice for young people starting out with photography?

Shot in film and use your brain, first of all, when you are shooting! And avoid these boring photography courses – because with a little bit of practice you learn a thousand times better!