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June 7, 2020



Photography by Luca Strippoli
Interview by Melanie Meggs

Luca is a passionate award winning Italian street photographer who, although he says, has a preference for black and white, his colour work is as equally dynamic and thought provoking. Luca defines himself as a passionate improviser, using photography as his visual diary, and conveys his emotional participation through the subject/s and composition in his photographs. Luca's photography inspires us to think outside of the box and to not hesitate to press that shutter button.

“I like to define myself a passionate improviser. Photography is, from my point of view, a kind of diary, I talk of myself through others.”

TPL: Luca, when did you start getting interested in photography?

LS: I’ve studied graphics when I was younger and I have always been fascinated by art and images.

TPL: Where do you find your inspiration?

LS: Wandering in the streets, visiting a museum, listening to music…in my opinion inspiration can come from different can be an unusual light beam, a detail, an interesting backlight or trivially a street scene I must portray.

TPL: Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us, and the reason for their significance?

LS: I try to take pictures my way, with all the limits. Photographing is like writing for a writer, you can use a typewriter, a word processor, a pencil…but what counts the most are the words. However, between my favorite photographers my beloved ones are Mario Giacomelli, for his landscapes and people; Elliott Erwitt, storyteller of meaningful little stories; Sebastiao Salgado, with his amazing frames and; finally Henri Cartier-Bresson, a photography aesthete.

TPL: Has your style of shooting changed since you first started?

LS: Absolutely. I’ve understood that photography was becoming more and more part of my life when I introduced people in my photos. I was then aware of my emotional participation in everything included in the composition of the picture.

TPL: Where is your favourite place to shoot?

LS: I like wandering without a destination. It’s the first symptom of a disease called photography…I stray in the city just to catch little stories, fragments of life that ordinary life gives to me. I don’t know the subjects but in that moment they become unconsciously my models.

TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out?

LS: The equipment I am using right now is the smartphone but in the past I have used several kinds of equipment. Nowadays, I need something to catch the moment immediately and here the smartphone comes into play because you always have it in your pocket...simple to use and fast to catch the best timing in a specific moment.

TPL: What characteristics do you think you need to become a good photographer? What’s your tips or advice for someone in your genre?

LS: The continuous bombing of photos we are getting used to on social media, without an adequate visual education that can provide the right tools to correctly evaluate an image, can now destabilize how we judge a shot. Therefore, to emerge now as a photographer has become even harder, but I like thinking there is still a place where talented people sooner or later will be valued and acknowledged for their work.

TPL: Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?

LS: No

TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?

LS: I have just started a project about photo composition, many photos balanced to create a singular one.

TPL: "If I wasn't photographing what would I be doing?...

LS: I would come back to paint."