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Once upon a time... there was a lively and nice kid.Since he was a child, and while his parents were constantly immortalizing him during his first steps into childhood, he enjoyed posing for them, considering that he had always been fascinated by that mysterious tool. He didn't know yet what the future might bring to him! He soon stepped into the world of art.Starting from music. He learned how to play several musical instruments, like guitar and piano. He can't help it!He got rhythm in his blood and a prodigious musical ear that unconsciously bring him to say no to a passive musical education. A self-taught one - in other words, he was his own teacher. For music as well as for the other arts , as soon as he will step into them later.

…So, one day, you discovered the world of photography…

I was sixteen years old or so, me and friends went to visit a charity institution that helped deafblind people. There, with a basic digital camera I borrowed from a friend of mine, I took a photo of a blind child lying on a sofa.
I will never forget that portrait, that truly look on his face, that smile so authentic.
I was petrified by that photo, a photo that for the first time got stuck straightly into my heart. In that moment I realized how much photography could give to me.

What kind of changes brought the Lomography world into your personal way to see photography?
In my opinion, the Lomography is like an irrational as well as incoherent philosophy, it’s fascinating and I can see myself reflected in it.
Lomography means extemporizing using your own style.
Being a mould-breaker to make something different, unique.

Holding a camera with your own hands. How does it feels like?
Ask Jimi Hendrix how he felt like while he was playing his guitar.
I think it’s the same kind of feeling.

What’s your typical mood when you got expressing yourself at the best through your shots?
I feel kinda realized. When I think I got something special impressed on the film, I feel like I’ve got in my hand a present that’s looking forward to be opened.

Screaming WOW! watching a photo. What makes you react?
The situation the photographer was involved into.

Which kind of experiences made you grow up as a photographer?
How many years from now have you been a Lomographer?
Discovering analogue photography made me grow up, discovering lomoghraphy made me change my style. I’ve been a lomographer since 3 years from now.

Which kind of person would highly praise or already praised you?
People I value. I still believe that photography, as well as other kinds of arts, is something strictly subjective. I tread carefully when it’s time to be praised by someone.

If photography means art, what is that like for you?
Picture that photography were a book, or a movie, or a song…If so,it would be…
Hard question. I would say that photography can be considered as art, but if we consider it just as memory or journalistic tool, after all my answer wouldn’t be that correct.
Anyway,we must not forget that photography means “writing with light”.
We can consider as art a photo which has been well-thought from a compositional point of view. If Leonardo Da Vinci have had an Holga, I doubt he would have used a paintbrush to made his Monna Lisa.
If photography were a book, it would be a Pirandello’s one ,“Uno, nessuno e centomila”.
If a movie, " Reservoir Dogs" from Tarantino.
If a song, “West rider silver bullet” from Kasabian.

Landscapes or portraits?
It depends on the situation. Anyway, I rather portraits.

You’re analogue. Why?
For the same reasons why some Djs choose vinyl instead of mp3 files.
Once I had a conversation with an engineer. He tried to explain me, using graphs and curves, the difference between analogue and digital.
That conversation left me kinda shocked.
Anyway, that day my hard disk will stop functioning, my films will still be there, right there where I left them, and ready to “talk”.

What do you love about Lomography?
Its impulsiveness.

You feel proud of yourself when…
When I achieve an objective (And when I buy it, too)

This question has nothing to do with Lomography, but what do you eat for breakfast?

I hope that Lomography won’t start producing cereals-red scale asking me this question!
My breakfasts are quite random. It may be tea with some biscuits, some milk with cereals, a toast with some butter and fruit jam. But there are days I just wake up too late to have some breakfast. So I just skip that and have lunch.

Real name: Michele Catena
Lomography nickname : chainreaction
Age: 22
Distinguishing marks: Several
Favorite camera: Lomo LC-A

written by alessiab on 2011-02-21 in #people #lomoamigos #lomography-italia-interview #chainreaction
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  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    good old chain! :)

  2. fornoise
    fornoise ·

    Greatest article I've ever read on here. I feel like I know you inside and out, and have connected on a level that most humans don't ever touch. This is something as analogue photographers/lomographers, we all share. Something that no one will ever understand.

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