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 Giacomo Podda.
Sebastiano: Who is Giacomo Podda?
Giacomo: An Italian born photographer based in Moscow.
Sebastiano: When did your passion for photography?
Giacomo: It started in 2014, and it’s an evolving love story.
Sebastiano: Do you remember when you took your first film roll pack?
Giacomo: Yes, I do. It was a roll of Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 that I shot with a Soviet camera (Kiev 4A). I enjoyed shooting it a lot, and it hooked me to analog photography.
Sebastiano: What do you like about film photography or photography in general?
Giacomo: I like photography because it allows me to connect with wonderful people, either because they are my subjects, or because they engage with my works. About film photography, it is certainly less convenient than digital, but I love the slower (and sexier) process of shooting film.
Sebastiano: What kind of photography usually you shot and what kind of film cameras did you use?
Giacomo: I shoot mainly quiet and meditative portraits with my Pentax Spotmatic II. My favorite film is currently Ilford HP5.
Sebastiano: What are the characteristics that distinguish you as a photographer?
Giacomo: My eye is probably different than other portrait photographers, since I was a professional ballet dancer. My background influenced the way I perceive my subjects, their body shapes and lines.
Sebastiano: I see on Instagram that you shoot people and places. Can you talk about your works?
Giacomo: I shoot with the intent of creating timeless photos. That’s one of the reasons why I use black and white film. Digital photography ages pretty badly in comparison. I want people to look at my works in 100 years and still be fascinated by them.
Sebastiano: Who are the photographers that influenced your work?
Giacomo: Henri Cartier-Bresson instilled in me the desire to create timeless photographs, while Marat Safin shaped my vision of portraiture.
Sebastiano: What is the future of film photography?
Giacomo: I can’t see in the future, but I believe that analog is coming back in many fields, not just photography (think about vinyls). After the digital craze, we realized that analog is more organic and natural for us. A great book on the topic is ‘The revenge of analog’ by David Sax.
Sebastiano: Your plans for future?
Giacomo: To connect with other creators and film lovers, learn from each other, and grow our community.
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