Antonio Castello Captures Stars with the Nour Triplet Lens at the Berlinale 2024

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Berlin based photographer Antonio Castello was back on the red carpet of the Berlinale this year, as he has been in the past. This time he was armed with our new Nour Triplet V 2.0/64 Bokeh Control Art Lens and was immediately enthralled by its unique results.

© Antonio Castello - Nour Triplet V 2.0/64 Bokeh Control Art Lens

Hello Antonio, welcome back to our Online magazine! Please introduce yourself for those readers who don't know you yet.

Hello, I’m a Colombian visual artist living and working in Berlin, I’ve been part of the Lomo community since 2010. Back then I got a Fisheye camera and also started to work with Lomography, as part of the marketing team in different countries from 2011 until 2016. I love artistic, quirky, experimental photography, and Lomography feels quite right to me.

This year you took our brand new Nour Triplet Art Lens to the Berlinale. How was your experience with it?

What I liked the best about this lens was how easy it is to use. The different knobs on the body of the lens let you pick different bokeh levels, and fast focus and aperture control, and when you are in an environment like a red carpet event, this is essential. I was amazed by the artistic results, it was like painting with light.

© Antonio Castello - Nour Triplet V 2.0/64 Bokeh Control Art Lens | Millane Friesen

Which function of our Art Lens did you enjoy the most?

This lens is very versatile. I enjoyed playing with the soft, classic and bubble bokeh effects as they work better with a busy background but even better when there's artificial lights and shiny dresses around, like on the red carpet.

Which mode, Soft, Classic or Bubbly, do you find the most exciting?

The soft mode was the best one to play with as it really works well when there’s a lot of lights in the background, I liked how much it looks like a dream and how different from commercial/Instagram photography it is.

© Antonio Castello - Nour Triplet V 2.0/64 Bokeh Control Art Lens | Lupita Nyong'o and Toni Garrn

Whether Venice, Cannes or Berlin, you have been working as a photographer on the red carpet for several years now, what does your equipment look like on such evenings, and what is the most important thing when working in such an exciting field?

Every year I take my cameras to Film Festival Red Carpet events. I've been different times in Venice, Cannes and Berlin, as well as Fashion Week events since 2014. Through the years I learned that you only need a full frame DSLR camera and 2 lenses (wide and close-up), plus a pocket 35 mm film camera. I've tried all, wide angle lenses, zoom lenses, Petzval lenses, old vintage ones, new fancy ones. You see, the problem is not to capture the photo at the right moment, the real issue is the fight against 100 other photographers shouting, pushing, trying to catch the same photo as you. There's no time to change cameras or lenses, so in this case, less is more.

© Antonio Castello - Nour Triplet V 2.0/64 Bokeh Control Art Lens

What are the challenges of photographing with a manual lens like the Nour Triplet, and how did you overcome them at such a fast-paced event like the Berlinale?

I think the main challenge of taking the art lenses to a fast-paced environment is the manual focus. When you are at the red carpet people are always moving, walking, going from one photographer to the other. I’ve been shooting with these kind of lenses since 2012, so I’m kind of used to the Petzval knob, however the Nour Triplet is easier to focus than the Petzval. At the end I think in these kind of fast environments it's better to shoot with a digital camera as you can shoot faster and take many pics, rather than with film where every photo is valuable. I would like to have only analogue cameras, but that would mean to work with a flash and I don’t like that, I work better with natural light.

© Antonio Castello - Nour Triplet V 2.0/64 Bokeh Control Art Lens | Isabelle Huppert

What has been your most funniest or strangest moment over your years of attending these events?

I think the funniest things at the festival are protocol. Each festival has different protocols, how to dress, where to go, how to dress the talent and the door people, etc. I remember going to my first photo call in Cannes wearing Birkenstock open sandals (it was a very hot morning and black dress was not enforced until later at night). As I entered the photo call the manager at the place went crazy at me for coming with such “ugly shoes” and short pants. He remind me that I could only work if I was well dressed and that I should always wear closed shoes. The Live French TV caught the moment and later everyone in Cannes was asking if that was me.

However it happened again in Venice one year later. I went to the red carpet one day and my shoes were killing me, so I went to a shop and bought some cheap sandals (it was very hot as well) so I went to the red carpet wearing a Tuxedo, sandals and socks (the Berlin way). Since your shoes are not shown behind all the security barriers no one cared, but then the other photographers started to complain and made fun of me. Now I'm known for being the guy with the ugly sandals.

© Antonio Castello - Nour Triplet V 2.0/64 Bokeh Control Art Lens | Jason Schwartzman

What is the most important aspect of a good photo on the red carpet for you?

I try always to get real expressions. I don’t like those photos that look posed or where the talent are posing like for a magazine cover. I actually applied for a job at Getty Images. I went through a couple of interview rounds, but in the end they didn’t want to work with me because my style was too experimental and artistic. I want to capture real moments, laughs, sadness, to see the real person behind the idea we have of the actor. I only work with black and white as I’m not interested in the color of the fashion as much as shooting the soul of the person.

© Antonio Castello - Nour Triplet V 2.0/64 Bokeh Control Art Lens | Caro Daur, Sebastian Stan & Paul Dano

Which of these photos is your personal highlight of this year's Berlinale?

My highlight is the one of Martin Scorsese receiving the Honorary Golden Bear Award for a lifetime achievement. It’s an iconic photo of an iconic director, it will be relevant even in the future.

© Antonio Castello - Nour Triplet V 2.0/64 Bokeh Control Art Lens | Martin Scorsese & Wim Wenders

Finally, do you have any tips and tricks for anyone wanting to try out our Nour Triplet lens?

I think the best I can say is this: dare to try experimental, blurry, out of focus, quirky photos. Life is not perfect and photography shouldn’t be either. A perfect photo with an expensive lens, phone or camera is easy to get, but an artistic photo that shows your unique point of view is only possible when you open yourself to try new stuff from a new point of view. Photography is light and shadow captured in an artistic way, and this lens is meant to do that.

© Antonio Castello - Nour Triplet V 2.0/64 Bokeh Control Art Lens | Emilia Schüle, Carey Molligan, Adam Sandler & Kristen Stewart

Many thanks to Antonio for this interview and for sharing his impressive photos from the Berlinale 2024. Be sure to check out his Facebook and Instagram to make sure you don't miss any of his work!

written by willi_wah on 2024-07-03 #gear #culture #people #berlinale #art-lens #nour #nour-art-lens

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2 Comments

  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Wow Martin Scorsese 📽

  2. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    Castello gets them all <3 stunning shots!!!

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