IN CONVERSATION WITH LELE BISSOLI
Everything photography began in 2015 for Lele (Emanuele) Bissoli. Born in Vercelli a little city in the northern part of Italy where he still lives today, Lele was initially fascinated by night photography and starry skies until he discovered street photography. In the last seven years Lele has traveled extensively and has taken to the streets of New York City, Los Angeles, London and also Milan and Genova in his beloved Italy.
Stimulated and never bored with this genre, Lele appreciates that his street shots are, as he states, "basically 'stolen shots' capturing the moment, evoking a sensation and wanting to convey it to the viewer...it works a bit like music." Lele shares his "Creative" series with The Pictorial List. A series of his recovery of 'wrong' or 'ineffective' shots reworked to create something poetic and the pure desire to stand out and break the rules. A reverberation!
“There are no rules for good pictures, just good pictures”.
Tell us something about yourself. How did you become interested in photography?
I was born in Vercelli a small city located in the northern part of Italy between Milan and Turin and where I still live today. I started to photograph in 2015 when my girlfriend gave me my first reflex camera, a Canon EOS 1200. I started photographing starry skies and the Milky Way until I discovered street photography three years later, and it was love at first sight.
Tell us the story behind your series titled "Creative". What do you want the viewer to experience when they look at this series?
Well the creative series is a recovery of wrong or ineffective shots, in a few words when I came back from a journey during the post production process I would then select the 'wrong' shots and mix them until a good result was obtained.
Often after finishing the work I realise that it can convey anxiety, the blind rush of our society, the not having a moment for oneself during the day. These things have haunted me for years, bringing on panic attacks which I have managed to overcome well. But obviously something has remained, so I think I convey this in a poetic way, while in some cases it is just pure desire to stand out and break the rules of photography.
What does street photography mean to you? How have the streets and culture you capture influence your photography?
I like the naturalness of street photography, the stolen moment...I don't really like posed photos. I think I have a cinematic vibe in my photographs. I noticed it when I was in New York, after having seen a thousand movies set in that city, I realised that my photos and the characters I had chosen to photograph, seemed to come out of those films. I think my biggest influence was definitely 80's and 90's movies.
What have been some of your favourite memories or moments in your photography journey? What have you personally gained from your experiences?
I love road trips and my favourite memories are probably in California, where I have been two times with my wife and a couple of friends in 2016 and 2017. I love to rent a car and go wherever I want. From my experience I have understood that if you know how to be polite and mind your own business you can go almost anywhere, and, that there is always something to learn from others.
Do you have any favourite artists/photographers?
If you could just choose one photographer to shoot alongside for a day...who would you choose? And why?
Does the equipment you use help you in achieving your vision in your photography? (What camera do you use? Do you have a preferred lens/focal length?)
Yes, I have always used a Canon EOS. But in the last two years, I have switched to Fujifilm XT2, and I love its retro side which is also reflected in the photos. At the moment, I use a 23mm f1.4 lens and I love it.
What are some of your goals as an artist or photographer? Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
I think I will continue to try to improve but I will stay on this path. I would like to be a photographer of concerts and possibly rock, blues, and jazz artists. I'm not interested in making money but doing what I like...to make sure my passion doesn't die.
Are there any other special projects you are currently working on or thinking about that you would like to let everyone know about?
This year I would like to embark on a long journey through six American states, a road trip between Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia, which I would like to document with photos and videos. It would be a cultural journey through the Blues highway, the music I love about African Americans, the origins of the Blues.
“When I am not out photographing, I (like to)…
I'm a Runner! And I will organise future trips...sooner or later...I will make them!!"