Luigi Pasetto works for the publishing sector since twenty years, he has been in charge of the graphic design for a major art magazine. He is a journalist and photo editor of a well-known travel and tourism magazine. For the magazine he shoots commissioned services and he also is a contributor of Getty Images.
When did you discover mobile photography?
I discovered my passion for mobile photography after seeing the reportage of Ben Lowy made during the Libyan conflict in 2011. I have seen the images printed on a weekly magazine and in that moment I understood the type of photography I wanted to explore and discover. I then created a photographic project named iVision, exhibited at the 2nd Digigraphie Photo Festival 2013.
What does shooting through a smartphone give to a photographic project? Or photo in general?
Smartphones allow you to go unnoticed, to grasp situations that with a traditional equipment would be hard to capture.
Tell us what is the main element or characteristic to which you dedicate more attention while you are shooting.
I pay much attention to the composition to give dynamism to my photos using vanishing points and diagonals. Art history teaches.
Whe you are shooting, not for a commissioned project, but just for yourself, are you looking for a specific element?…what does inspire you?
Well depends on the project, for example for iVision I was looking often for subjects that coud be underexposed, but otherwise I find inspiration in everything that surrounds me, curiosity and imagination are fundamental.
Do you work your images in post – production? Do you have any apps to suggest among the ones you normally use?
I am using post production very little, for iVision I haven’t used any. Projects made with double exposures were just made with photographic processing. I used Hipstamatic but lately I am taking photos only with the camera phone without using the app, using a bit Photoshop Touch.
When you think to mobile photography and its potentility, what does come first to your mind?
Immediacy is important and should not be neglected the weight and manageability of this tool against a traditional equipment. I shoot often without additional lenses, like having a 50mm mounted on a DSLR. The most important lens in this case are “my feet”.
You work into the publishing sector, do you think that, on a short period of time, commissioned photography will be made with smartphones?
Given the fact that according to various studies from 2017 in the United States the digital publishing market will be digital only, we understand the importance that the mobile photography will have. That means there will be no more need for very high resolutions because, for example, the newspapers will be read on tablet. And also camera phones will step forward in quality overall.
How do you see the mobile photography in 5 years time?
With these assumptions, I think the mobile photography is the future of photography. I think that just as there was the transition from film to digital will be the transition from reflex to smartphones. Who nowadays buys an entry level or professional SLR, in the future will most probably opt for a smartphone with a quality camera.
Below 3 shots by Main Coon with comments.
Thanks for the interview Luigi Pasetto!