Would you mind introducing yourself? Hi, my name is Luca Abbadati, I am 38 years old, I am an Architect and I live in Brescia, where I have my office - @quarzostudio - and Milan where I live.
Luca’s Instagram - _abbino
How would you describe your style of photography? When taking pictures I’m not interested in the reality of things. Reality serves as a starting point to say more. I always try to fix a moving moment. I photograph a moment that leads to an event that will happen shortly. A situation that tends to change in the immediate future. Obviously, photography is not a video and therefore the viewer can only imagine what happened in the instant after the shot.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I started taking photos at university. I studied architecture and photographing the project areas was the first step for many courses. Those photographs were my interpretation of the reality surrounding the architectural project and were the basis for its determination. Once completed, the project was re-inserted in its context thanks to rendering and photomontages. From the very beginning, I put on the same level reportage photographs and photographs that invent a new reality.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? I don't have a specific photograph but an image of my childhood memory: It is the large courtyard of my maternal grandparents' house. It is a summer afternoon, it is very hot and no people are seen; some curtains create shadows on the floor. I remember the still and rarefied air, the summer heat and the slow passage of time. I think everything starts with that feeling.
What inspires your photography? The pink and blue of the 80's aesthetics, the photographs by Luigi Ghirri, Bob Venturi and James Stirling's Postmodern architectures, David Hockney's Bigger Splash, and the Instagram accounts of Marietta Varga and Francesca Iovene, the abandoned lawn mowers on Saturday afternoons in gardens without fences of American homes.
What kind of camera do you use? I have a Nikon d810A that I mainly use with two photographic lenses: TOKINA 16-28mm F/28 AT-X PRO FX for the interior use, and a SIGMA 24-105mm F/4 DG OS HSM (A). I like this camera because it allows me to print large images.
What's your editing process like? I like working on pinks and blues. I don't want to distort the image but only free it from reality, so I use a more pictorial chromaticism. Photography must bring emotions and memories to the viewer, it must be like Proust's Madeleine. This can only happen if the photograph does not speak only of the moment taken. It must tell more as if you were in a dream.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? You must know the profound meaning of the image that you take. Image composition, aesthetic sense and chromatic relationship are all important elements but they come after the meaning you want to convey through the shot. The best photographs are those that show the author's idea. Easy to say hard to do.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? I love the Italian New Wave photography: Gabriele Basilico, Guido Guidi, Giovanni Chiaromonte e Luigi Ghirri my favourite! - Ghirri’s work depicts empty streets, locked doors, unworn shoes and nondescript houses in such a way that his subject matter appears laconically abridged. Ghirri wanted to move away from the ‘decisive moment’ of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Instead, he focused on moments of concision, uncertainty or muted suggestions of human action: people sitting around, drinking; trees; windows; a flag; the midday sun; an advertisement. - Jörg Scheller.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Mars! Or the next planet we will set foot on. I've always loved science fiction and I would like to be part of the first expedition to colonize a new world.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I Photograph all year. I love warm and sunny days, but also foggy and monochrome mornings. I hate rain and cloudy days: there are no shadows. You can't take pictures without shadows.
The coolest place(s) you've ever been? Iceland for large, empty and primordial spaces. Rajasthan for saturated colours and fantastic architecture.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? I'm planning a road trip in the United States: California - Arizona - Utah - Nevada. Stay tuned!
Anything extra you would like to share? I want to send a greeting to those who are reading right now: I hope you enjoyed my project! If you just want to have a chat, you can find me at these links, www.lucaabbadati.com, Facebook, Instagram.
P.s. Criticism is also good, the important thing is to activate the discussion! Goodbye to everyone!