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Nikki Shoots with His Diana F+ 'El Toro'

Overwhealming and with a charming chitchat, that would be Nikki! Music lover, keen on the good kind, spreads his knowledge and coolness from the mics and screen of radio Deejay and tv. His inseparable buddy on his lattest tv adventure, R.U.F.U.S, that took him around through italian schools was the Diana F+ "El Toro"... Continue reading to find more

You are:
Fabrizio Lavoro, Nikki
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But the real you:
I don’t believe i’m any different of how you see me from the telly, radio or the live shows. Perhaps you don’t see much my introspective and quiet side but that would be a tad bit embarassing on a radio show



Once upon a time….Nikki, tell us and our community something about you…
I’m the oldest of 3 brothers and throughout my whole childhood and teen years we moved a lot, spending a lot of time in my bedrom llistening to music and dreaming away. As a matter of fact i believe i got a hold of a need to comunicate and sharre. That’s why the radio, gigs, venues and trips come out so natural.

Where’s home and where did you grow up
I ws born in Puglia but great part of my childhood i spent near Turin. For a few years now my place/home is Milano, which is in my opinion a beautiful metropolitan italian city that i can’t help to dream her even more european though.

Music is your greatest passion how influenced by that was your look to the world ?
Almost everything. Most trips i’ve done where somehow connected to it. Before i was independed i used to go to the british castles with Iron Maiden, somewhere east with Battiato and to California with Van Halen. Music is more suggestive than video because it leaves a blank canvas to your imaginion. Now whenever i go to New York i spend at least an hour at Iggy Pop’s neighbourhood instead of buying a megadesign nike in times square.



“Digital or Analogue” it’s a bit like saying “Year 2000 or the 60’s” or even “Mixer or gramophone. What do you think about that?
Yes, perhaps more like turntables than gramophone! I think it’s two worlds running side by side who need one another. You can scan the negatives of a Lomo or shoot digital with an analogue feeling. The same way that there’s softwares to make records into mp3 and guitar players who record the sound of their vintage amps on a computer. I like both worlds.

Your Diana F+ “El Toro” followed you through and awesome project, would you mind sharing it a bit with us and what was it about?…
R.U.F.U.S.! Yeah! I had a great time doing it… The idea of the raio was to have a live music show, perhaps in studio but i came with doing while travelling around the italian universities. I’ve always been intrigued by the academic life and so we’d visited 4 beautiful italian cities through the eyes of the students and maybe a bit through my own eyes as well… an jammed through campus with our resident band and several guests amongst them Lombroso,Santabarba, Amari, Ex-Otago, Jack Jaselli & Gvf, Pan del Diavolo, Mellow Mood and Davide Toffolo from Tre Allegri…. check it on Youtube! in case you didn’t see its….
And how come your camera became your unreplaceable friend throughout this adventure?
well, right not it became some sort of accessory, since the safest way to carry it around is round my neck! I really enjoyed the thrill of shooting knowing that it wouldnt be possible to delete it. The anticipation as i waited for the lab got me a bit paranoid about it :-) What an awesome feeling it was when i saw the prints

How long have you been into analogue photography and how did you get into Lomography?
I have a picture that brings back to the age of 2 where i shoot a picture of my dad, so i could play cool and say “always”!… hehehe but let’s say that i got into digital as an adult an before that i always shot with disposables and analogue cameras. My brother Chris introduced me to the Lomo world a few years ago with a fish-eye, then i think the iphone app got me really curious about it… Like a boy who records his music on his computer with all those plug-ins who emulate sounds from the 70’s making you feel like buying a record player from those days.

It’s not always that easy to get along at first with theDiana F+, specially at the begining, you must get to know eachother before quitting it as results are unexpected. how was it between the two of you?
Hmm, let’s call it a love-affair with high and lows, specially with the flash! In several occasions it was fantastic like on that spring afternoon in Turin walking around the markets in Porta Palazzo

What was the most strange thing you’ve shot so far?
Once i shot trees at a highway rest station between Varese and Milan… The fog and light makes you look like a bunch of bloodthirst werewolf lit under a sky just like out of Herzog’s Nosferatu… Gothic-autogrill!

If you could take a picture of someone dead or alive or even imaginay with your Diana F+, who would you shoot and why?
Robert Johnson, the famous bluesman who died in the 30’s. Rumours aside from all that talk that he sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads… but perhaps if he didn’t exhist we wouldn have listened to Chuck Berry or Jummy Hendrix and by that not even the Red Hot Chilli Peppers would have made it until today…



Which is your favore picture of all times from the pictures you shot and why?
The psychedelic version of the Trasimero Lake seen from a train on my way back from the university in Perugia. It’s serene, eerie, gloomy and even sexy. I’ve got a lot of pictures shot in a train, i love trains i’m a big fan. I’m realy relaxed gazing outside the window and listening to a playlist… i might repeat myself again but with all these pictures from the rice plantations of the nothwest i could easily put a show

If you could add an 11th rule to Lomography’s 10 golden rules what would that be?
Remember to remove the lens cap!

written by alessiab and translated by superchouette

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