Q: Dear Linda, first of all, we want to congratulate one more time for achieving incredible success on B&W CHILD PHOTO COMPETITION 2016! You took the 1st place in the Documentary and Street Category! Did you expect this?
A: No. I didn’t…I’m very happy!
Q: Can you tell us more about your winning photograph “Little girl in the bathroom”? What’s the story behind this photograph?
A: I was in Mandalay, a big and important city in Myanmar. After a day in a Buddhist Monastery where I took some photographs, I was relaxing in a shop when suddenly, behind a curtain, I saw a nice girl. Everything was perfect: light, objects, her movement and her posture…..so, I asked her permission and photographed her. It was a sudden, unexpected discovery. She was the owner’s daughter. She helped her parents in the shop after school.
Q: Can you tell us more about you? How old are you? Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
A: I’m 59 and I grew up in Rome where I also live today.
Q: We assume you love travel since you are doing mostly documentary photography? What’s your favorite place?
A: I love Africa but I’m discovering other countries.
Q: How do you finance your travels?
A: By myself.
Q: Do you sell fine art prints or digital files? Where?
A: I sell my digital files to magazines, but it’snot easy.
Q:Who are some photographers that you admire?
Q: What inspires you?
A: It depends…..I’m mainly inspired by stories, but also by lights, colours, places.
Q: Where did you learn photography? Do you have a formal education in photography?
A: I learned photography in various schools; actually I’m with Lina Pallotta. There’s always something to learn. I started late as a professional photographer.
Q: How long have you been a photographer?
A: For 12, 13 years.
Q: What equipment do you use?
A: I use Nikon Df, lens 35mm and Olympus E MD1, lens 12/40
Q: What’s your favorite lens?
Q: What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Can you explain your work flow?
A: I use Photoshop to correct lights, shadows, sharpness, etc…but I’m not particularly good with it and so I often have this job done by a trusted person.
Q: How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
A: Through a lot of practice and the study of my and other photographers’s work.
Q: What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
A: To know good teachers.
Q: How do you know you made a good photograph? Do you ever get any inner sensation and simply know “this is it”?
A: Not usually, but it has happened. Sometimes, on the contrary, I like very much a photo that it’s not appreciated, and vice versa.
Q: In your opinion, why is so important for photographers to enter quality photography competitions?
A: It is important to measure one selves with other photographers’s work, and naturally to be known….but it’s also important to get involved.
Q: What do you think about entries and in The Second Half of B&W CHILD , Second Half you also took part in it?
A: I saw great photos.
Q: Your favorite photography quote?
A: If your photographs aren’t good enough, you are not close enough.
Q: What would be your message to other photographers?
A: It’s very important to study and to understand what we want to communicate to the others.