Today meet Paolo Mezzera, Italian portraiture photographer featured in our last ‘So Show Me’ exhibition, and also shortlisted in the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.
My name is Paolo Mezzera. I am an Italian, Turin based non-professional photographer, 32 years old, am married, and have 5 children. I have loved cinema and cinema photography since i was a teenager. I’m in love with a list of directors, from Kubrick to Coen brothers.
I bought my first camera in 2009 and started to study photography. I am very interested in the culture of the image, how this evolves, how it affects to everyone. Cinema and photography require a deep image analysis. The image is communication, we cannot help it.
Telling a story
At first I thought I might make it as a good photographer by taking a lot of good photographs. Then I realized that you must be able to tell a story. So I started taking pictures as if I were a writer who is writing a book, and place less worry on the technical accuracy of a single photo.
I try to develop a project. I try to tell what I see through the people I see. Contradictions, difficulties and oddities. People, situations, parties, everyday life, everything that describes the world in which we live.
Sony World Photo Awards
I use both film and digital, and prime lenses. I love my Canon EOS 5D MkII, but I also use an analogue EOS 3. I also enjoy medium format and use an Hasselblad 503cx.
In addition I like disposable cameras ’cause I love the raw performance of film in those little boxes.
My last source of pride was that a photo of mine has been shortlisted in the top 10 images in the People Category in the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards (Open Category). I’m very satisfied about it.
To see more of Paolo’s wonderful work, take a look at his website.
Paolo was featured in our last ‘So Show Me exhibition. To find out more about the exhibition, or discover how you could feature in our next ‘So Show Me’, just visit our feature.