Paolo B is a teacher of Humanities in a high school. He discovered his passion for photography when he was a child: with family photos at the time of film photography; the black and white; the darkroom; and with the strong desire to experiment photography and the naturalistic path. He has taken part into many contests related to naturalistic photography and he has just won “Be a Picker” contest with his shot “Alone” for the “Street Life” Category.
How did you find out about the “Be a Picker” contest?
I found out about the contest “Be a Picker” on the italian site italianeography.com, I was looking for information, reviews etc. about mobile photography.
What type of opportunity do you expect from Picwant?
I think that a specialized agency, like Picwant, focused on a specific branch of photography can provide me with inputs on the creativity side. It’s an opportunity, it’s a challenge to see the reality that surrounds us with new eyes every single day.
When did you discover the mobile photography?
I discovered mobile photography only some months ago, when I started shoothing with my smartphone, and from that moment I never stopped to explore the many opportunities that this photographic device offers.
When you think about mobile photography and its potential, what do you think first?
Mobile photography allows the point-and-shoot, minimizing the “weight and size” that a technological device usually has. I don’t have to focus on the camera, but only on what I see. I found that my best shots more often don’t come out from a prolonged observation of the subject (where I can assess the best composition, shooting point etc.): but is the first look that matters, the one who decides whether and how to shoot. The ability to shoot directly with a filter allows me to make in an instant, almost without additional post-production, the atmosphere evoked by the subject.
Do you post-produce your images? And if yes which apps do you use/suggest?
Lately, I have been using Retrica, I really like its filters. Otherwise I shoot only with the camera app and then I upload my images on Flickr where, eventually, I can apply the filter that is more suitable to me, to valorize the subject. Rarely I use Snapseed, I don’t like to dedicate a lot of time to post-production.
When you take photos do you look for a specific element?
When I shoot I am really interested to catch the geometry of the scene: lines, shapes and volumes.