Since tomorrow I’ll be in charge of the editorial line of the Paradigm website. My friend Ben Flynn (who’s a great photographer too) gave me the opportunity of run his blog for a week. Paradigm is a great concept: it’s a blog like this, but of a different kind. It’s a place to share pictures that inspire you for their visual style, their content or their beauty. Or it’s simply to share something that you like. It’s more direct, as you display the picture in a grid, and you scroll down and down. It’s great if you are a visual person. First of all, because you can be inspired by watching so many pictures, and second and most important, it’s something that help you build your own style. By saying “I like it”, you become more aware of what you find interesting, of what you want to be. And most important, you get to know yourself even more.
I’m very excited to do this! I believe that having a place where you can put the images you like, it’s like having a box where you only put the things that have a meaning, that you want to save forever.
And it’s even better to share this with others, so that they may find to have something in common with you, or even find your style boring or ugly. That’s ok, it’s part of the game.
See you on PARADIGM (click on it to check it out!)
I had the privilege of flying yesterday morning over the city I currently live in, Santa Barbara. And this has been possible thanks to my good friend Julien Lecomte, who just had his license.
After a night of bad sleep, I got up at 6 AM, packed my photo gear and drove to the Santa Barbara airport, where he was waiting for me. After sneaking in the airport (you just open a small door with a card and you are in. I wish you could do that at LAX too!), we prepared the airplane (especially me), filled it with fuel and took off. By the way, don’t go to refill you car at the airport, it’s more expensive…
It was an amazing experience that everybody should try at least once in their life. Plus, I always wanted to be a pilot since I was a kid, and even if I wasn’t driving it was amazing just to be there. I was more worried the night before, but I guess it was only excitement. On the plane I felt like it was natural to be there. I’m thinking to get my own license right now…
Anyway! Too many words… This is the story in pictures. Better than words… But not even close to what is “flying”.
yes, gopro. Julien probably had crazy tricks and turns in mind. I’m glad that he didn’t do any!Ciao mamma shotI like photograph where there’s a big sense of composition, order, geometry. I like it when it is very graphic and ordered. This is why I’ve always wanted to shoot houses from above. We all think that our house is special. It’s big, small, it’s “bigger than”, it’s “nicer”. It’s ours… From above they are just boxes. Big, small, red green or blue. They are just the same.
Today I’ve been finally shooting with the Leica M8! For those of you that don’t know what it is, the Leica is a german camera brand which is legendary. The quality is in fact outstanding: I understand now why famous photographers like Cartier-Bresson, Sebastian Salgado and the italian Gianni Berengo Gardin love this camera. It has the reputation in my school of being difficult to focus with, but it felt pretty easy and comfortable to me. It just has to be used. Especially if you can use it for free (I had the camera and two lenses, for a total of 15.000 $!!!), which is a great privilege!
I was scouting a new location in the area of Santa Barbara with my friend and classmate Ben Flynn, which is an amazing surf photographer (check his website out by clicking here and you’ll see it by yourself), when i decided to snap a couple of portrait of him. And the results are amazing! I’ll definitely find some more time to shoot with this camera, since I won’t be able to afford one for a long time…