Q: touching on some points of interest in other interviews of you (such as the one from Men Style Fashion, published in December, 2013), you mentioned a couple of things that we at the kwreport would like to follow-up on - the relationship between fashion, food, and architecture.
A: Well, with my diverse background, I believe everything is an art form and we just have to create and be productive in this world. Whether we are working with food - cooking or even plating your own dish - is an art form, itself. With my fashion photography, it’s the same thing; mixing my education with architecture, it all comes back to what your personal perspective is, or what you think is a good angle. This should come naturally, I believe.
Q: You mentioned in that interview that your medium of choice is black & white photography. what is it about that particular medium that is definitive of your art?
A: I prefer things very natural and simple: everything in monotone, and also mixing photography with different angles and perspectives.
Q: In terms of being a chef, what role, if any, do you imagine that part of what you do informs your art of fashion photography? would you describe the images that you produce as “work” of art? what role do you see thinking about and preparing food, for example, play in the images you produce as a fashion photographer?
A: Well, with my background as a chef, it made me a bit more strict and disciplined - not just with photography, but in everything. Food is also an art in different perspectives of colour, choices of ingredients for taste and texture. This also applies in my other background in architecture and design. Yes, I believe it’s a work of art if you put your own input in everything. In this world, nothing is new - we just add on to what’s there already; however, if we put our own perspectives on the same things as other people have before us, it can produce something even more incredible than the last. In my career in culinary artistry, I couldn’t say it has a major impact or influence on the images I’ve produced. It’s on a different level of ideas and mind set, I think.
Q: When did you become interested in fashion? describe that experience? A: When I first came to Italy working as a chef in Milan for Trussardi, and when I finally left the kitchen industry and went to Rome, I started my own art gallery and studio. This is when I started with fashion photography.
Q: In your black & white photos, how important is it for your human subjects to be seen in support of architecture? do you imagine them as playing a more dominant or supportive background role?
A: I always see the models as part of the architecture, with the lines and different angles. I see them as a person, of course, but as a subject, I always like them to blend in with the environment, and sort of play around with the setting. It depends, as well, on what I’m thinking of at that time; if I think that a particular column, for example, is a good angle shot with the models then, yes, I do mix and play with different points-of-views all the time.
Q: Does art play a significant role in your style of photography? which painters, sculptors, or musicians, for example, have influenced your style of photography?
A: Photography is art, to me, if someone gets inspired and gets the feeling of the experience of seeing it in the end. I’ve admired the old photographs of George Hoyningen-Huene; with such simplicity and emotion in the photos, it was also was the turning point for the age of modernism during that time. In our time, I do admire Hedi Slimane, which is why I like black and white photography. His photos are real and simple, and very powerful as you see the people as the “real” them.