Would you mind introducing yourself? Hi! My name is Daniel Lutchner (@danlutch) and I’m 22 years old. I was born in England and moved to Italy when I was six years old and have been living there ever since.
How would you describe your style of photography? I consider myself an eclectic person and that kinda goes for my photography as well. I don’t feel fixed in one precise style of photography. I like to explore different styles and experiment depending on the situation/place I’m in. Like most people I’ve gone through many stages and feel like every stage I’ve been through has helped me evolve and improve as a photographer. In the long run, I hope to become totally versatile and be able to create something interesting in every situation. I enjoy shooting a variety of things being portraiture, landscape, street, lifestyle etc and find it limiting to have to stick to only one.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? Photography has always been a thing in my family; both my mum and my uncle have always been into it, but my interest sparked about 4/5 years ago when I spent a couple of months in Spain with an exchange program. I only had my phone at the time and found myself taking a lot of pictures and enjoying it a lot, so after I got back from the trip I got my first DSLR and from that moment photography has progressively become an important part of my life.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? I have a few actually. One of them was when I got my first roll of film back from the lab; there’s just something about the whole process that’s really intriguing and fascinating. Another meaningful memory was when I got my first yes from a stranger on the streets when asking to take his portrait. Such a satisfying feeling haha. Also my recent hiking trip in Cinque Terre with two friends of mine who are also into photography; it was great to be able to disconnect and be with other creative people and just go and do something cool. That's what it should be about...being inspired by people and inspiring others. We all have something to offer but also something to learn.
Who/What inspires your photography? The fact that photography has helped me see things from a completely different and new perspective inspires and drives me, even more, to continue creating. That and people. People who are very driven in a positive way and make things happen and produce incredible work.
What kind of camera do you use? I’ve been using a canon rebel so far, although I am about to upgrade to full frame very soon. I also shoot film with a Minolta srt 101 my uncle gave me.
What's your editing process like? I usually use Lightroom for most of my photos, unless I find myself without a computer or working with mobile shots or Instagram stories, in that case, I use VSCO. To be honest I don’t have a very specific editing process. For me, each and every shot has its own vibe, and I kind of adapt my editing process accordingly. I tend to keep things as natural as possible. I don’t go for super saturated edits and try to keep soft and natural tones without over-doing things too much.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? First of all, I’d be honoured if someone wanted to create my kind of style haha. I’d be a hypocrite if I said to just do your own thing and to not try and emulate what you like from other people’s styles because I think we’ve all been there at some point…but at the same time, I do think it’s important to create your own personal style. Nevertheless, from an editing point of view, as I said, I try to keep things as natural and simple as possible. From a shooting point of view I’d say I have a tendency to look for symmetry in most of my shots; I usually try to put elements in the foreground to create depth of field; I also tend to keep subjects in the middle of the frame and almost always try to go for natural/candid moments rather than posed.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? I could sit here and talk about this for ages, but two of my favourite photographers are without a doubt Andrew Kearns (@andrewtkearns) & Joe Greer (@ioegreer). There work never ceases to amaze me; not only are they amazing photographers, but also very inspiring people. Joe’s insight on street photography is so interesting and Andrew’s sense of adventure and motivation is contagious (check out his vlogs!). Outside of Instagram I’m really into Steve Mccurry (I am a big enthusiast of cultural differences) and have also recently discovered Vivian Maier’s work!
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you wish more people knew about? Absolutely!! There are so many talented and inspiring people on Instagram! Some photographers I’ve been really inspired by lately and deserve more attention are: Zach Leon (@zachtheleon), who’s been working on an amazing project called "The Finite Project”; Caleb Gaskins (@calebgaskins); Pablo Caballero (@pablo_caballero_); Harry Renton (@finding.a.reason.to.breathe); Cole Beal (@colebeal); Brandon Hook (@brandonjhook); Marco Paris (@ilchiaroscuro); Aitor Rodrigo (@aitorrodrigo); Kalpesh Tailor (@thewilderperson); Sean Jablon (@seanjablon); Fernando Delgado (@ferthink).
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Wow ok, not easy. I would literally go anywhere. I feel like every single place has something interesting to offer. Most of my travelling has always involved cities and I’ve also never travelled outside of Europe so if I had to choose I would definitely be a different continent. At the moment I’d probably choose the Pacific North-West. I would also love to go to South America, China, India, Iceland and Scotland. I’m dying to see places that have nothing to do with what I’ve seen so far, places that are completely different from a visual and cultural point of view.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I don’t really have a favourite time of year but if I had to choose I’d probably go for spring and autumn.
The coolest place you've ever been? Mont Blanc is definitely the most amazing landscape I’ve seen, but as far as cities go the most interesting ones are probably Budapest and Seville. They both have a very unique atmosphere.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? I don’t have any photography trips planned at the moment but I am currently working on a small personal project of mine. Just to put it in context, I live about an hour and a half away from Rome and find myself not going as much as I should. I’ve decided to put the effort and try to create something outside the whole Instagram/social media world and start documenting life in Rome exclusively on 35mm film and maybe make a zine out of it. I love the idea of creating something physical and concrete that has some kind of meaning other than life on Instagram, which is why I’ve also started printing my own shots.
Anything extra you would like to share? Just wanted to thank you guys at Hippo Mag for this opportunity. As I’ve already said there are so many talented people out there and being included amongst them in this project is amazing. I also love meeting new people and rambling about photography so feel free to hmu on Instagram :)