One of the things that make me love my job the most is the chance I get to be in peculiar places and situations. While I was shooting my reportage Ionian Spirit, I got into the ship engine room. It’s been a fascinating experience: every surface was full of tubes and inactive machinery. It felt like entering the belly of a sleeping mechanical beast. And while I was wide-eyedly going through that metal maze, Mohamed guided me in and out, a reassuring smile on his face for every time I lost my balance on the greasy floor.
I deeply believe that my duty is getting into these situations in order to bring them home to my audience.
So it looks like I opened a new blog. It’s been like five years since I wrote my last, not so enthusiastic post on a blog, so I suppose getting back on the track will be a very tough and (hopefully) fun experience.
Since this is my first post, I’m gonna introduce myself. My name’s Stefano, I’m a reportage photographer and I do a lot of other things when I’m not running around the globe to take pics of peculiar people doing peculiar stuff. This is what I do for a living, but it’s also so much more.
When I started this adventure I was very bored with my studio work: photography seemed to be the least interesting thing in the universe at the time. But as soon as I set off on my journey through rituals of body suspension all the great feelings I used to have while taking pictures got immediately back to me. I felt like I was doing serious stuff for the first time in my life and I had the distinct impression that my photography could impact people lives in a positive way. It took three or four years to these things to turn out true, but still they did.
There are many things that make this kind of photography not so fun, like the emotional setbacks of the negative situations I often witnessed, or the fact that reportage photography fees are nowhere near those of fashion or wedding photography, or again the fact that I spent the last three years of my life on the move. But in all honesty, I feel like there’s no other kind of photography I can do as well as this. I feel confident in my skills and I like my own way of getting along with my subjects and making my presence anything but a burden to them. Portrait photography is the another field that makes me feel this way. But it lacks the adventure part.
Well, now you know how it all started. I promise I’ll be writing about all I did in the past and what I’m doing right now, photographically speaking. There are a lot of stories that just need to be told and a lot of projects I’m gonna publish and show you on these pages.
If you’re wondering: yep, it’s a shower. ; )