WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PICK UP A CAMERA?
I am a very curious person, an observer. My approach to photography is very voyeuristic, I love to steal the moment and I like to do it with discretion. I am a shy person as opposed to what you might think.
WHAT PARTICULAR CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE WITH EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY AS OPPOSED TO OTHER GENRES?
At first, you fight the instinct that, at times, everything you suggest except to take pictures. But I think the biggest challenge is to not falling into banality. As for the vulgarity, my idea is that just as in life, in photography there are some situations where this is permitted, almost necessary, especially in an erotic context.
DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT WITH FILM OR DIGITAL?
I love the substance of the film, the ability to handle the matter, something that affects you as soon as you pick up the camera. Unfortunately, most of my shots are digital, but that is because I do not have a good analog camera.
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN FETISH/BDSM?
I've always been attracted by the extreme behavior and their discovery was made by chance finding magazines hidden by someone or abandoned. With the advent of the Internet then it was easy and natural to deepen and continue the discovery, not only with regard to fetish and BDSM.
DO YOU ENJOY FETISHISM/BDSM PLAY IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOU INTO?
BDSM is not part of my life even if it is a world I know well thanks to my ex-girlfriend. I went to the clubs and participated in several parties in the past. The fetish instead I think it is present in the lives of many people, perhaps not predominantly, often latent, sometimes repressed.
DO YOU THINK PINUP AND FETISH ARE BECOMING PART OF THE MAINSTREAM CULTURE?
I do not think that this will never happen, even if in the future I see more and more space for alternative cultures.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
I took my first steps in music, organizing concerts and as sound engineer for 7 years in a squat in Milan. Once this experience I went on tour with an American Gospel band as lighting technician and from there, after attending specialization courses I started to work on producing a few music videos for Italian and foreign artists. Finally I landed on television, where I work now since 2005. The photograph is part of a passion for "easy" art that has always accompanied my life.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
I listen a little bit of everything, but I'm more attracted by the groove that the content of a song. I have a superficial approach but it's the form that strikes me. This does not mean that there are no songs that I passionate about their significance, or because they are of real poetry. But I can say with certainty what kind of music I do not listen: Italian pop music sucks me, people who suffer pangs of love for 30 years without finding the solution. Obviously a joke, I know that these "artists" squeeze the lemon to the last drop, I blame the people who listen to this crap. Also I hate the pop / dance and all that shit commercial vacuum behind. I do not know how it works in the States but here in Italy the radio only play that kind of music.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
There was a time when I was a hothead and I made a little shit, I enjoyed it so much and I have lived my experiences. Today I just need the right company.
Most of my free time is spent working or taking photos, however, what is left I spend with friends, movies, women, sometime parties and everything he does any 34 year old in the world!
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