We inaugurate a new photography column with this short interview to the photographer Alessandra Tecla Gerevini.
- Remember your first photo?
Absolutely not. But I remember looking at photos of beaches that I took in Thailand I thought I could do something good with a camera.
- What was your first camera?
A Canon Digital Ixus 70, given to me by my father. I wasn’t even thinking about photography … Before I used the disposable, and I’m almost sure to have had a analog-only gray plastic and thin one: I was taking pictures on a trip in junior high school!
- If there wasn’t photography in your life, where would you be now?
Maybe I would have finished the degree in Biological Sciences … but I’m not sure.
- Choose one of your photos and tell us the story behind it.
This picture (the first in the gallery) was taken on the Cremona-Milano train at the 7 a.m. Was the first weekend of Passion & Profession in Milan, a workshop where you can talk with professionals, learn how the magazines, agencies, jobs on commission and travel reportage work. In a day and the other I decided to join my boyfriend in Cremona, knowing that I had to wake up the next morning at dawn to arrive on time. Obviously, the snow you see in this picture fell all that night. Arriving at the station was a challenge, with little padding and lose the train included. On the train I was able to get, there was none. I looked at the footprints left by my feet, I enjoyed the warmth of the train, in the surreal silence that snow brings with it. And my head was full ofthoughts out there was only white and peace and morning.
- Tell me who was one of your masters and the name of a photographer to follow on your advice.
Elliot Erwitt for spontaneity, freshness, joy in a snap; Lina Scheynius that turns every intimate moment in art; Toni Thorimbert who taught me it takes the eye of the photographer but also much needed consistency, continuous research, the hard work, constant study (which is what my boyfriend always says ), Todd Hido, which always makes me hope to live my life photographing the snow. I love the self-portraits of Anna Di Prospero.
A necessary clarification: the images below are adapted to the layout of the website, so they may differ in cut and quality to the original photographs.