“I don’t have any economic goal or big-fame-ultra-uber-famous dream. I just want to make people look immortal. I want them to live forever.” – Tommaso Antenucci
What drew you to street photography initially?
It was in High School. I picked up an old Canon A1, which was my father’s camera, and started learning the basics of photography and the physics of light. When I was confident enough I started hangin’ out, capturing the very real moments of human life.
How would you describe your style? I feel like you tend to capture scenes that are cheerful, what do you look for when you shoot?
I tend to shoot acts of the daily routine. I think that these moments are what makes us humans. Photography was invented to immortalize slices of time that will never repeat. That’s my basis of photography.
People are the best subjects you can get out there, and all of them are different from one another. You also have to deal with them, so don’t get scared when shooting people, try to talk with them and keep it up!
What kind of gear are you using? Do you have any exposure/technique tips for our readers?
I am currently using a Fujifilm X-Pro1. It is a real good camera and I love the rangefinder look. It makes you stealth to people, as they tend to be scared by those big, chunky Nikons/Canons. Capturing people in the most natural way has to be your primary objective. You don’t want them to make strange faces when looking at you. This camera also produces magnificent B&W images, very Film-like.
As for the lenses, I don’t use zoom lenses. I HATE them. They make flat images and they don’t give a real 3D sense. I am using The Fujinon 18mm F2 and the Fujinon 35mm F1.4. They have different uses: I usually use the wide angle for the street and the 35 for portrait-like photos.
I carry all my gear in a Billingham Hadley small, which is really comfortable and houses perfectly the camera and the lens. The materials used in this bag are top quality.
Check out Tomasso’s Flickr photostream for more top-notch street shots!