JRP: Portrait and Fine Art Photographer GianStefano Fontana shares his thoughts and images with the readers of James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you GianStefano Fontana for sharing these few moments with us.
GianStefano Fontana: My pleasure James, thank you for asking.
JRP: Where do you call home GianStefano?
GianStefano Fontana: I live in a small city near Milan called Caravaggio.
JRP: Tell us how you got your start in photography? Did you have any formal training?
GianStefano Fontana: During my trips around the world I felt the need to capture the emotions I came across. Photography was the right means to do this. I suddenly realized the power an image could have and I started studying. I attended several courses which gave me a basic knowledge of photography and then I continued on my own following the techniques of important photographers.
JRP: Why have you chosen the genre of photography that you have?
GianStefano Fontana: With my style I can go deep in the essence of the picture and bring out the emotions.
JRP: Name a few photographers that you feel have contributed to your growth and style.
GianStefano Fontana: Robert Doisneau, Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson helped me to really understand photography. In modern photography I appreciate Lee Jeffreys (unique style). My style is also influenced by painters such as Caravaggio (amazing light) and Rembrandt.
JRP: What would I find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?
GianStefano Fontana: In my bag you would find 2 cameras (Nikon D800 and Nikon D7100), a 50mm, a 35 mm, 18-105 mm , 70- 200 mm lens, tripod and a portable light.
JRP: Do you favor artificial or available light? What type of modifiers do you use and why?
GianStefano Fontana: I always prefer available light. My pictures are taken in the street and so I like to keep the natural light . I don’t like artificial light because it freezes the subject. If the light is no good, post production helps me in correcting it.
JRP: Please describe your digital work-flow and the software you use.
GianStefano Fontana: I use Photoshop CC, I’ve studied a lot to improve my post editing skills. These are really important in modern photography. I don’t use the same methods for all my pictures and I try to create something unique all the time. Sometimes I will spend several days on a single picture to get the result I want.
JRP: Could you share one of your most memorable shoots and what made it special for you?
GianStefano Fontana: “Silent Screams” is an important picture for me. I took it in Thailand at the White Temple. It’s special for me because it reminds me of a time in my life where I had serious problems and this picture came very naturally one night. It’s a metaphor of life; in it there’s the fight for living.
JRP: If not photography what would GianStefano Fontana be doing with his time?
GianStefano Fontana: I can’t live without art. I have been surrounded by art since I was a child. I’d definitely be doing something artistic.
JRP: Share with us some of the best advice given to you by another photographer?
GianStefano Fontana: One day one of my teachers told me not to be afraid of being myself. I’ve always kept this advice in mind.
JRP: What special advice would you like to share with other photographers?
GianStefano Fontana: Try to be yourself and be creative … not only in photography … and shoot, a lot!
JRP: Thank you GianStefano for sharing your thoughts and images with us. We wish you continued success.
GianStefano Fontana: Thank you James.
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