Today I call myself a photographer and video producer. I wasn't so sure about this a few months ago. I became frustrated in my day job and didn't feel I was creating meaningful work. I was almost convinced that I just wasn't cut out for it, that this just wasn't my thing and everyone else is doing it so much better. Today I realise these concerns hunt most professionals in any field really and it wasn't up to me nor my job back then. At the time I was ready to leave photography behind and focus on a childhood dream I had never began to realise.
I remember the day, I was maybe ten years old and l got asked a popular question asked most kids eventually: "So, what would like to be when you grow up?" - Back then it felt a lot easier to answer that question and I guess it has become harder ever since. "An architect" I said, knowing as much of that profession as a ten year old countryside kid possibly could - nearly nothing. Anyhow, my father is a carpenter and our family holidays were mostly headed to old towns and chapels of Italy, which, even as a young architect by heart, was extremely boring for kids that age.
I began photographing more and more architecture and carefully observed how light would transform the appearance of spaces, shapes and structures. I looked at architecture studies and I was obsessed with the idea of beginning something new. I quit my day job.
After I quit, I was working on some passion projects and photographed the things I liked. I looked at jobs at different agencies, creative houses and production companies, but couldn't find the right thing. Studying architecture and committing to an entirely new career was a very scary thought and if you read the first sentence, I couldn't do it after all.
What I realised however, was that architecture and all aspects connected with it, define me and my work immensely. The way people interact and move around light and spaces, how small the human scale can be, the way we live and how we shape our surroundings - all of that plays into my photography and it will always be inspiring me.