Tell us about your photography?


I started with an old analogic camera, bought by a friend of mine (photographer). ‘She’ used to follow me everywhere, catching Salento’s faces and landscape. Since then – about 10 years later – I got another camera, but the habit to bring it always with me remains.
Nowadays, I like to explore more or less all photographic fields and I am pretty sure to have gained a good general background, but I keep on focussing on portraits and landscapes.
Through digital postproduction (e.g. Photoshop), I have discovered new perspectives and I feel someway forced to follow those new pathways in order to distinguish my pictures from other ones, produced by an indistinguished mass that watches and reproduces images in a standardised way, often far from being of good quality; Bresson said that if a photographer is good he can take a good photo a year.

Photographer Stefano Cacciatore

What is the story and thoughts behind your work?

My main pattern is the concept of solitude; I don’t see it as a negative condition, but rather as a strong distinction from the main subject. For example, in my most recent portaits, solitude is represented through a black background around the subject, taken under a light, mostly natural, that aims at revealing his/her soul.
In my landscapes, the absence of human elements and the long exposures, represent the uncontrollable strenght of changing immensity; in front of such fact, humankind is just a solitary observer of a short moment.

Photographer Stefano Cacciatore

Name 3 people that have inspired you to do amazing photography?


Being a self-thaught photographer I never been studying the best photographers works, but recently I started to appreciate their works. I like the work of Martin Schoeller who, like me, tried to catch subject’s character and personality. I love the work of Andrzej Dragan, whose post production process has been reproduced in some of my photos. As landscape photographer, I like a lot David Zimmerman, from who I gained the patience to wait for the right shot, and the importance of having from each scene the same emotion I had when, being a child, I observed for the first time a breathless lanscape.

Photographer Stefano Cacciatore

Who is your inspiration?


I don’t have a precise model. I’d rather prefer to be free, despite from time to time I like to think that my photos have something in common with Caravaggio paintings.

Photographer Stefano Cacciatore

Are you professional photographer?
No, I am not a professional photographer, but a simple passionate photographer who still has to study and practice a lot. I recently took part to two editions of the “Mediterraneo Photo Festival” held in Lecce (Italy) where I made two personal exhibitions, a video and a joined a collective exhibition.
My photos are published on websites like :

Photographer Stefano Cacciatore

What are your future plans for your photography?


In the future I hope to get closer to a photographic style through which I could be easily and uniquely identified, allowing me to be able to show my works also ouside my homeland.

Photographer Stefano Cacciatore

 

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