I noticed you have an accent, where are you from?
I’m from Italy. I’m from a teeny-tiny village in the north-west of Italy no one knows about that had 68 people in it and now there’s 67 because I left.
What do you do for a job?
I’m a photographer. Mainly I take portraits of people, because people are the only interesting thing there is. They are always unique and I love that.
Where are you working at the moment?
Right now I am taking photos of kids that are going to see Santa at the mall.
How did you get started in photography?
It was by complete accident. My parents gave me a camera as a birthday present in 2010. I had always felt very lonely in my life until that moment. I didn’t actually want a camera and didn’t use it straight away. But one day I was going out for cigarettes and thought “Why not? I’ll see how this thing works.” I spent the next 20 hours walking around taking photos and didn’t feel lonely for one second of those 20 hours. It became an obsession.
So do you consider your camera to be your best friend?
Absolutely not. People are my best friends. My camera is my way to get me to my best friends.
What’s the most inspiring photo you’ve ever taken?
It’s a photo I took of a dancer in London. We had a photo session in a dancing studio. Then we went out and she took me to a place in Greenwich, under a tree where she goes to cry. She always felt overwhelmed by the city so she goes there to get her cry out and then goes back to the city to do what she has to do. I took her portrait under that tree and that was the most inspiring photo I have ever taken.
What’s the biggest challenge in your life right now?
Oooh, that’s a cool question… Dealing with myself. I have this quote from a photographer, whose name I can’t remember right now. It says that your best photo is your next one. I really believe in that. It means that I am never living in the moment. I’m always living in what’s coming. I always want things to come faster. I’m kind of hectic. I just moved here so things aren’t moving as fast as I want them to. That’s my biggest struggle.
5 QUICK Q&A
FAVOURITE CAFE IN MELBOURNE:
EVERY single ONE oN DEGRAVES STREET!
OH IT’S AN ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT IN FOOTSCRAY. DAS SHARMA I THINK?
FALL FROM GRACE ON COLLINS st
HIDDEN GEM IN MELBOURNE:
ALL THE BARBECUES ALONG THE RIVER. WE DON’T HAVE THEM IN ITALY AND I THINK THEY’RE GREAT
FAVOURITE THING TO DO IN MELBOURNE:
TAKING PHOTOS OF PEOPLE