Before the Shot

Photography makes me look at the world like a child. This reminds me that the simplest things are also the most important ones. My works reflect this philosophy: simple, not contrived but intense images.

Furthermore, spontaneous expressions and available light allow to avoid unnatural shadows or brightness.

I usually don’t capture a particular moment, but this moment draw my attention. I’ve been used to spending hours walking along the streets and among people. The choice of place and time are very important. I usually prefer the early or late hours of the day, when shadows aren’t so sharp and most of places are seldom overcrowded.

With my pictures I try to tell the story of the subjects, bringing out the mood and atmosphere around them in order to offer the viewers an open window of their life and culture.

To make it possible, it’s important to connect as much as possible to them; to your subject. I usually approach the subject with a smile. In my experience, it’s the best international “business card” you can show. A couple of words/pleasantries exchanged before the shot gets the job done.

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I usually like showing the photos I capture to my subjects before shooting them. In most of the cases, this way, they’re more willing to proceed. It amuses people and feel proud of the result. Furthermore it allows to me to gain a new friend!

Composition

The composition of a picture is one of the strongest way to communicate personal interpretations and feelings.

The choice of lense is a very important step. Lens with long focal length can be useful for capturing spontaneous expressions (unnoticed) and to exploit a short depth of field.

The same objective can not however be used in tight spaces and, due to its dimensions, it can put the subjects in embarrassment, altering their expression. Wide-angle lens produces a distorting effect that can help to bring out more creative images.

The wide-angle lens, however, requires special care to avoid including undesired elements in the composition. Standard lens are definitely more flexible than the others but the photographer needs to move close or away to realize interesting compositions.

Taking pictures from unusual point of view makes possible to collect more interesting images. So it’s important to move a lot and shot more pictures of the same subject from different angles and points of view. The easy and very well known rule of thirds can help to create attractive photos mostly in case of portraits including the environment of the subject. Diagonal lines and leading lines introduce great movement into the image and they allow the photographer to drive the eye of the observer into the main elements. A strong contrast between subject and background catches the attention mostly if it is combined with the usage of a short deep of field.

The element of composition used as frame can help the photographer to focus and drive the eye in the image. Also the repetition of elements (texture) is a pleasant element to the eye especially if the repetition is interrupted with a different element that breaks the texture

Roberto Pazzi

Born in Milan (Italy) in 1973, I graduated in Engineering in 1999. I worked for 15 years as Sales Manager. I love to travel. From an early age, I discovered myself as a backpacker. Recently, I started to explore my great love for photography, studying on my own and by following the techniques of the most popular photographers and painters. In 2014, I began to collaborate with a manufacturer of decorative paintings and with a fashion designer. During 2015 my first exhibitions have been held.

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Born in Milan (Italy) in 1973, I graduated in Engineering in 1999. I worked for 15 years as Sales Manager. I love to travel. From an early age, I discovered myself as a backpacker. Recently, I started to explore my great love for photography, studying on my own and by following the techniques of the most popular photographers and painters. In 2014, I began to collaborate with a manufacturer of decorative paintings and with a fashion designer. During 2015 my first exhibitions have been held. Furthermore the "Daily Mail", "The Times", "Daily Telegraph", "Life Force Magazine", "Shot! Magazine", "Dagospia.com", "L'Eco di Bergamo", "Il Popolo Cattolico", "INDEX.HR", "Bergamo Post", "La nuova tribuna", "Kinzeuro.fr" and many other media worldwide published some articles surronding me and my works. At present, I'm collaborating with a press agency in UK, the most important image library in the MENA region and some interior designers in Singapore and UK for both luxury residential and commercial projects. I published the books titled "The face of India", "The Timeless Valley" and "Streets of the World" and other two new ones surrounding Cambodia and Laos are pretty close to be issued. My ultimate aim is to combine my passions for travelling and photography, and make them my lifestyle. Instagram: Roberto_Pazzi_Photography

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