Photographer: Alessandro Di Cicco
Location: Castelforte, Italia
🖼 " I am Alessandro Di Cicco, born in London in 1988, I currently live in Italy. I am an international portrait photographer and an international broker."
❓Who or what influenced you as a photographer the most at the beginning of your journey? Tell us about your journey.
🗣 At the age of 8, I started using my Nonno Peter's video Camera when I took it on trips all around the UK, and when we returned home, I enjoyed viewing the moments spent together. He was my real influencer into this fantastic world.
❓How did you start your professional career and how did you come to that?
🗣 My professional career all started as a joke. I just loved taking photos until I blew up worldwide and started getting followed from every single part of the world. So companies, television, radios, modeling agencies, and much more started contacting me for work, and yes, I was already in my career without realizing it.
❓What are hardware and software tools are you using at your workspace and why?
🗣 I use Lightroom and Photoshop. I think this is the best software that a photographer can use. It has so many functions that it would take a lifetime to learn everything. I use a Wacom Intuos pro large to edit my photos precisely, and I find it very useful. I can edit areas even with a mouse, which is very complicated.
❓What does photography mean to you, and what motivates you?
🗣 ''Photography is a bright light at the end of the tunnel'', and photography is everything for me. I started shooting seriously when I was in a very difficult period of my life. It helped so much to go ahead and have positive thinking. I received love from a lot of people. People come from all around the world to shoot with me, and they are my motivation. I make them happy with my photos, so it motivates me to make more and more.
❓What was your most challenging project so far and why?
🗣 My most challenging project was a photo session called ''AALIYAH'', I wanted to recreate an ''Arab'' look, so I had to find a model, location, and dress perfect for that shooting. It took me more than a month to find the ideal location and a model that would fit the role of the Arab girl. I also had to create a dress on my own, which was very difficult to do, but at the end, I got the shots that I had in my mind.
❓What was the most important skill that you learned, and how does it help you now?
🗣 The most important skill I have is ''reading'' what I have in front of me when I shoot and edit. Being able to understand what you are doing when you're shooting and editing is critical. I see a lot of my clients that when they come to me to do a workshop, they are good at using the camera and maybe editing too, but they cannot ''read'' what they are doing in shooting and editing. It takes practice, a lot of practice, but it will change how you see things.
❓What is your dream project or art direction you're starting to try in the next 10 years?
🗣 My dream project is to shoot underwater with a long yellow dress with fish around the model. I would need a perfect location with underwater ruins (a plane would be the absolute dream), a perfect long blonde hair model, and an underwater team to help me with the shooting.
❓Can you tell us about a personal or professional project you are proud of?
🗣 The project that made me proud was a project called ''Symphony'' where the photo went viral, and that's how people started to recognize me. It came out in different magazines worldwide. Well... everybody loved that photo, and I still love it.
❓Do you have any passion projects you're working on or plan to start?
🗣 I have a lot of projects that will come out. I love taking pictures of animals. I am planning to do a shooting with snakes.