What a photo and its author have to do is magic. to draw the viewer to a trap of lights and shadows, sharpness and contrast. Admire and savor every detail, every subject, all in one experience that the photographer has lived and he wants to share.
This is what happens by looking at the photos taken by a Syracusan, Roberto Zampino, a talented young man, a professional in all respects. The photographer has studied and traveled, taking photos around the whole world.
His home, however, remains Syracuse and in this interview Roberto tells us about his projects embracing photography and the love for the city he belongs . this interview has been written from a "Emirates Airline" 747 boeing directet of Cyprus. Another trip, another challenge, another interview for the newspaper of Syracuse.
Through my lens I see one of the most beautiful cities in the world and among those with the greatest potential for tourism. I travel a lot for job and pleasure, that has taught me to appreciate more my city.
Every time I point my lens at Syracuse I fall in love with it more and more. I'm madly in love and this is the reason that led me to give up temporarily my other opportunities abroad. I decided that my business had to start here .
I desire that this land would be eventually recognized for its uniqueness and beauty. The real problem is that we have ceased to fall in love for Syracuse and we fail to appreciate the uniqueness that Syracuse gives us.
"When you love something you have the desire to share it and let others appreciate it. the Same with Syracuse and Sicily. "
hey! that’s An unexpected question! The "deep water solo" (DWS) is a discipline that comes from climbing but without protection of any kind . in this case we climb above the sea, climbing up sheer cliffs, caves and walls up to 25m high. An ongoing challenge between mind and body, and that's what I tried to convey through photographs. The DWS is a constant battle of strength and power, voltage and body awareness. To tell a story you must be involved in it only if you first had experienced it in person you may transmit the real feeling.
This is always the most difficult part.
Slowmotion has born from my passion for traveling, love for photography and the desire to do something for my island. A place like nowhere in the world that will be explored through photography, better understood and hopefully shared.
Through Slowmotion I want to create an incoming of photography holidays in Sicily. A kind of tourism more conscious and keen to learn and appreciate the culture, intent to discover a different Sicily . Travellers will learn to appreciate the details and tell their personal story through photography.
My method is simple, I wnat photogrpahy to become the best way to relate with the surrounding world .My Students and travelers will relate with what surrounds them using a different eye and with a heightened sensitivity. Photography will lead them to talk to strangers, explore, break down barriers dictated by clichés. With my method I try to understand how photography comes before the click. You first need to build relationships, understand situations, be accepted, to foresee actions. Only at the end of all this process - bang, click!
Love and genuine interest lie behind every great shot, whether it is done with an iphone or an SLR.
We do not go to far! , one of the most beautiful experiences I had , was here in Syracuse during a street photography workshop. I gave the "tasks" to my students, something like shooting the portraits of strangers or similar . I asked them << how many times have you visited Syracuse? >> the right answer should have been << we had Never visit it! >>
My intention was to let them understand that the journey begins when you start to see differently. A few days later I get a essay from a student of mine in which he writes that for the first time in his life he discovered Syracuse. That was a personal achievement , what I aspire to in all of my classes. To live the magic of a place and to appreciate the beauty, often hidden behind our insensitivity.
I believe that a reasoned response may require a separate interview! Both options are questionable. I agree with both and at the same time I have some doubts. What I think is certainly important for Slowmotion and Syracuse, the instant sharing and unlimited images on social can promote tourism and curiosity.
My travels will lead my students to have incredible images at the highest quality that through sharing will arouse interest and the desire to experience the places narrated by the photos - therefore social may lead to more turism !
If you notice, the quality is not so rare, a good photo is encountered frequently in the chaos of the social. What’s really misses is content. A nice photo without content is nothing . A bad photo with a story immediately gets another meaning. i teach not only to get a better eye or the technique but I focus in educating to sensibility and curiosity.
These two are the elements that push you to observe and shoot better. visual quality is still out there … everywhere, but this is meaningless without sensitivity, curiosity and depth.
Through daily workshops we offer the opportunity to live a Syracuse lively and visually exceptional. To perceive and understand the essence of the place. It is not just shooting with the best lights of the day or take notes on street photography, through Slowmotion tourists will become more careful and conscious traveler.
Life is an adventure, slowmotion was born by chance, from a dream, as well as all from my travels and experiences. At the moment this project is getting me really busy! taking most of my plans for the immediate future. I want to create a stable incoming, organize photographic journeys abroad, and later photo-teraphy classes and a slowmotion Photography Agency, then who knows! i may move it to madagascar!
At the moment I am traveling to Cyprus and London to promote Slowmotion and photography holidays in sicily , but of course we'll keep you updated, keep calm and click
Sono un fotografo documentarista/ritrattista. Ho vissuto e lavorato come fotografo e insegnante di fotografia a Cipro, in Italia e Londra. Specializzato in fotografia di viaggio, sport e “story telling” , producendo fotografie che combinano il mio coinvolgimento con i soggetti con un estetica unica e mai distaccata. Sono un fotografo “out there” , nomade, con il particolare talento di adattarmi ad ogni situazione e ambiente creando legami unici con i soggetti delle mie fotografie . ____________________________________
I am a documentary portrait photographer - I lived and worked as a freelance and photography teacher in Cyprus , Italy and London . My speciality is story telling photography, extreme sport and travel photography. I try to shoot combining my engagement with my subject and with a unique and never detached vision and esthetic. I am. Out there nomad photographer with the particularity of being able to adapt to any environment and situation creating bonds with the subjects of my photography.