BeAnalogic.com promotes and spreads the idea of analog photography, that is why we want to learn more about our users! “Outside Fridge” is a section of our website, where we interview our users. Why “Outside Fridge”? Often, analog photographers save their films in the fridge, to maintain the quality of celluloid. Once put, you can “relax and chat” with us. Today we interview Christian Cantori.
Sebastiano: Who is Christian Cantori?
Christian: I am a photographer from Senigallia, click for about 20 years, my personal research ranges from portrait to landscape to fashion photo.
Sebastiano: When did your passion for photography?
Christian: I have come to an adult age in the world of photography by taking photos of rock concerts. Then I bought the first books of photography, the discovery of a world that fascinated me more and the beginning of the first portraits, landscapes, wandering in search of what I wanted to express.
Sebastiano: Do you remember when you took your first film roll pack?
Christian: Yes, as the first rolls were said for rock concerts, with a compact machine with built-in flash. After a while came the purchase of the first true reflex machine, and the first rolls of urban landscapes and portraits to my friends.
Sebastiano: What do you like about film photography or photography in general?
Christian: I think photography is a great way to express itself, especially at a personal “intimist” level. I don’t believe in the reportage photography that I think very little “ethics” and now overtaken in such a hyper-technology world where just happens a fact is immediately who already photographs with a simple smartphone. I believe in the “artistic” and introspective attitude of photographic projects as well as in the slowness of analog photography. Digital photography is a bluff, and it is known that it is bringing many young levers to take compulsively, thinking little, and ignoring the “magic” aspect of photography. No new and science-fiction technical medium with billions of pixels will ever replace the strength, message, profound approach of artists such as Cartier-Bresson or Giacomelli, to make a couple of examples.
Sebastiano: What kind of photography usually you shot and what kind of film cameras did you use?
Christian: My subjects range a bit, in the series of “personal research” there is often the human figure, but also different landscapes, or old and strange vintage objects that I find somewhere everywhere. Then I love fashion photography, so the human figure is obviously here, but more “fashion” than the “intimist” series. For B / N films I use mostly Kodak and Ilford, with sensitivity ranging from 100 to 3200 iso. For the color I recently shot often with the Rollei slides, which I find very nice. I also shoot a lot with Lomo and Polaroid back to Hasselblad.
Sebastiano: What are the characteristics that distinguish you as a photographer?
Christian: I believe my main feature is to be “versatile”. In portraits I have a kind of approach that may well be very different from some of my “personal research” series. While maintaining – at least I believe – a coherent overall vision.
Sebastiano: I see on your Tumblr profile that you shoot people, in particular female models. Can you talk about this project?
Christian: I born as a portrait photographer and interest in the human figure is a constant in my production. This page Tumblr use as a business card for my portrait and fashion photos. When I started buying photographic magazines, at the same time I started buying Vogue and other fashion magazines, things that fascinated me and definitely affected me.
Sebastiano: Can you talk about the series in red lights?
Christian: I mainly shoot in B / N, but since I started, I always left a bit of space to the color. Especially in red that I think is a magical color. It has its own power, an intensity that does not match in other colors. So let’s say that I have inserted into the portraits this extra vision “Red” that intrigues me a lot. It gives the pictures a restless touch I love deeply.
Sebastiano: Who are the photographers that influenced your work?
Christian: There are many, from Woodman to Giacomelli, Lindbergh to Koudelka, Penn to Arbus, Biasiucci to Paolo Monti. It’s a really long list.
Sebastiano: What is the future of film photography?
Christian: I hope it is a rosy future and full of classic rebirths. I’m pleased to hear that several new films are coming out, Kodak has put into production the Ektachrome, Impossible is doing a great job with snapshots and Leica has marketed a digital camera but it does not have a monitor back, inviting new buyers to “think” as it snaps and not to obsessively observe the look on the monitor, what really curious this. But it is certainly a positive sign for a more magical and less technological direction of the art of photography.
Sebastiano: Your plans for future?
Christian: Definitely to do an exhibition, since it is for a while that I do not do one. I’d like to start collaborating with some photo galleries to promote my projects. Then, of course, to continue shooting and finding new models for my portraits.
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