What drew you to street photography initially?
I always loved photography, even if I have started to take it seriously only since 2014. I think photography is becoming an important means of expression, and street photography is the genre which intrigues me the most. I find it very difficult, and I’m struggling to find a personal and original style, but it can be incredibly rewarding. You never know what you will find, if anything at all, and you always must be very present and be able to overcome fear and shyness, so it’s also an important instrument to better know myself.
How was Ethiopia and Mongolia? Would you recommend as street photography destinations?
I’ve been in Ethiopia in April 2014, in a workshop by Nikos Economopulos. I loved it, and it is where my passion for street photography has started. We were in Addis Abeba and Harar, and mainly the latter is wonderful for street photography: the old town is very small, close to the traffic, with narrow streets, all the colors of the world and the life in the streets.
I loved also Mongolia, the people is very welcoming and they aren’t usually bothered by the pictures. Ulaanbaatar has a very modern center, which is not so interesting, but the surroundings are much nicer. They have architecture which reminds the Russia of ’60s, and the people, at least in summer, spend a lot of time outside the house, in the many open spaces and recreational areas.
I really love this image:
Can you tell me a little about it?
It’s been taken in Ulaanbaatar, not far from my hotel, which was about 6 km from the center of the town. Behind some big buildings, there were hundreds of containers, which were used as deposits or garages for cars. Many children used to run on top of these containers jumping from one to another, and they loved to show their ability in the jump, so I had the opportunity to shoot many pictures. That day the sky was not very interesting, there were no clouds at all, but I got lucky that one of they boy had a toy gun so I could get an interesting image.
I think you are an excellent storyteller. How do you capture images that tell a story?
Thanks a lot for the compliment, means a lot to me. I don’t know if I’m any good, but the story telling is what interests me the most. The more I learn, the more I try to capture images that try to give an emotion, that tell a story, which are not only aesthetically pleasant. It’s strange for me to write this, because I know I’m very far from a good level in this, but I’m working hard!
What has street photography taught you?
To be very patient, to have low expectations and to be very open to the unexpected, because from a very common situation can suddenly rise a great opportunity and you must be ready to take it. It’s very humbling, because most of the times I get home with no good images at all, but you always have faith that something will happen when you least expect it.
See more of Enrico’s images on his Flickr photostream.