Elisa Imperi is a superb talented Italian photographer, who was born Umbria. She approach photography as an autodidact, studying and reading books on the floors of libraries and taking photographs of the streets of her adopted city, Perugia. Elisa uses both analogue and digital cameras.
Tell us a little bit about you:
I live in Umbria, Italy. I am a lover of art history. I uses both digital and analog techniques. After graduation I took a course from videomaker and soon will begin a masters in fashion photography. I always try to improve myself, to update my knowledge. I believe that in a sector such as photography this is important.
How long have you been a photographer?
I like photography and often makes me feel good to have that machine in your hands is a safety valve for me. I was lucky enough to start working as a photographer in wedding reportage, then came the portraits and other little satisfactions. I think it was all so fast that I never know quantify “how long”, but this is one area where we learn something new everyday.
Has portraiture always been a major focus of your photography?
Not really, I started photographing landscapes and taking photographs of the streets of my adopted city, Perugia. I was fascinated by the geometry of some buildings and still am. A day, with a friend, I photographed a girl and from there I started to imagine the human presence in places that before I left empty. But now, I love the portraits, I like working with other people, create, experiment and talk to them for create together of the situations that I may have dreamed or imagined.
How would you describe your style?
Ah, beautiful difficult question! I do not know! Maybe my style always changes. It may change based on what surrounds me, what I study, the people I talk to, the experiences and places where I am.
If someone is interested in portrait photography, what would you recommend they try doing to get into the field?
Let go of the fantasy. Look for the right people to work with and talk to these people. Be inspired by what you live, by the places and by people you meet and be humble :).
What kind of equipment do you use now, and what did you start with?
I started with a Canon 350 D and a 50mm 1.8 and a Lubitel that I still use. Plus I have a 5d mark II and some goals, but after all, the equipment is not the most important part. You can take pictures even from a small hole in a box.
A photographer who inspires you?
In recent times maybe I would say Sarah Moon and Deborah Turbeville and Gregory Crewdson. There are other photographers that I admire, but it depends on the period.
Briefly describe a Day in the Life of Elisa Imperi!
Do so many things, try to be able to find a time for all commitments, imagine new shooting (business or personal, and write what I imagine), work when there is work, dedicate at least one hour or so to social (especially for the management of the site of weddings!). Feel at least a friend, eat and sleep ^_^.
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