Emanuele Passarelli is a young Italian photographer based in Rome. While still young, Emanuele has already found a very distinctive visual style.
He is passionate about creating intriguing night portraits in urban environments. He loves the mystery and the cinematic effect of low-light situations, which he feels is closer to his personality and artistic flair.
We let him test the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System in this challenging photography setting. Let's get to know him better and see his first impressions of the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System.
Hello! Tell us a bit about your photography background.
Hello! I am a 23 years old photographer, born and raised in Rome. I have started shooting in 2014. I'm self-taught but I have been lucky to meet very talented photographers who gave me precious thoughts. I am a very curious individual, so I started trying different ways of expressing myself until I have found the right one for me. Photography has become for me not only my job but also my way of living.
How did you start taking nocturnal portraits?
For almost ten years I have been living only during the night, as it is when I feel more comfortable and even Rome is quiet. Once I decided to take some pictures of a friend: just the time to smoke two cigarettes and I shot some of my favorite photos ever. So I started trying to shoot photos lit by city lights, as I do not use any flash or other lighting tools. Soon it has become my signature mark and nowadays people recognize it as my style.
What was your first impression upon seeing and holding the Neptune Convertible Art Lenses?
When I first saw it, I have been very surprised, as I have never seen before a lens so small, sleek, and compact. When I attached them to my camera, they looked very nice and I was even more excited to start shooting.
How does the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System fit into your photography style?
Trying a new lens it is always a big challenge for me. I would define my style as very contrasted and noir, while this lens allows a smoother effect and I was truly inspired by finding the right compromise between these two elements.
What did you shoot?
Gabriel is a dear friend of mine and I love taking photographs of him. That night we went out for a beer and soon after that, we tried the different lenses. I chose to shoot with Thalassa, the 35mm. I had not been using a wide-angle for a while, so I really enjoyed the possibility to show the subject in its environment. I shot at its widest aperture since it was a very low light situation.
I have also enjoyed using the drop-in aperture plates to play with the lights in the background. For this shot, I used the 80mm lens.
Which shot is your favorite?
This is my favorite one. I usually make my models smoke, it is like an obsession for me. With Gabriel, I always manage to find the right mood according to my feelings. I think we really understand each other.
Any pointers that one should keep in mind when using the Neptune Convertible Art Lenses?
I would really recommend trying to experiment with the three lenses and the drop-in aperture plates. There are so many possibilities that anybody can find the right combination for to their needs and photography style.
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