Paolo Giudici: Photographer of the week
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Paolo Giudici has a wide spectrum of photographic styles corresponding with different stages in his life. Whatever the subject may be, Paolo loves complex composition rather than minimalistic sceneries. He also has a preference for colour photography. Let's listen to what he has to tell us about his photographic journey through time.
What first attracted you to photography?
How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?
Which are your most important experiences that has influenced your art?
I was offered to run the exhibition in other two venues and after this experience I learned at least two important things. First, that I love large prints but that they need to be technically flawless. Second, that I did not really like to have half of my pictures in B&W and the other in colours. I wanted to develop a coherent body of work, and I had to take a decision. I sold more B&W prints, and of course I love many B&W masters, but I prefer colour landscape or decay pictures, so the decision was taken: colour.
Given your life constraints, when do you take photos?
My family lives in Genoa, where I spend my weekends, but I teach and do research in Bolzano, very close to the Italian Dolomites. Thus, with my photo peers we struck a deal: I was not joining them in their tours to Scotland or Iceland but I would spend with them some days out in the Dolomites. I have therefore recently relaxed a little bit my self-built territorial constraints and have somehow extended the area of my photographic activity.
What is more important to you, the mood/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
You have your very own style but your work is very diversified. Can you explain why this is?
What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer? Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
But till that future moment what is your second-best option?
In addition, I want lenses that have a perfect control of flares during night shots, and therefore I have a Nikon 50 1.4 and a Nikon 58 1.4 as well. I read nonsensical reviews concerning those lenses. Maybe they are not top-notch in terms of sharpness, but their flare control is fantastic and at f 5.6of f 8 lenses’ sharpness is undistinguishable. I really cannot believe that so many photographers talk so much about lens sharpness but have no clue that an average T&S lens properly tilted produce a landscape image that is all perfectly sharp simply because everything is in focus – a result impossible to achieve with the best lens of the world in hyperfocal at f 8 or 11 or even 16 (where maybe you also start to see diffraction).
Thus, I have virtually abandoned my zoom lenses except the Nikon 14-24, which I use for seascapes since I do not want to put at risk my Nikon 19 PCE. Well, I should have said I used, because I have recently lost it with my D850.
Very frightening indeed. What software do you use to process your images?
Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
What is your most important advice to a beginner in Photography and how do you get started?
Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?
Is there any specific photo taken by another photographer that has inspired you a lot and why?
Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
Pushed by a friend to enlarge my ambitions, this year I started to participate to some photo contests. I won two honourable mention, one in Siena at SIPA 2019 with an industrial picture that has not been published on 1x, and the other at IPA 2019 with “Tre Cime Revealed”. I also won a small but well participated Italian competition with another picture that was not published on 1x.
So, I love 1x but I seek to manage this love with consciousness.
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