Andreas Agazzi: Photographer of the week
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by Yvette Depaepe
Andreas Agazzi has a most diversified portfolio. His work is excellent, whether it is landscape and architectural photography or cityscapes. Showing subjects in their pure beauty in his very own style, that is his target. Andreas wants his photographs to touch the soul of people by showing them a beauty that they were not aware of before. In spite of all the years he dedicated to photography, he still feels like being at the beginning of a never-ending journey and strives continuously to improve his skills.
Thank you so much, dear Andreas for telling us more about yourself and the personality behind your work through this interview.
Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs.
As a person, I was always interested in many different things, in other words, I hardly get bored. Obviously, photography is my biggest hobby, but I also love sports. Of the various activities I enjoy cross country skiing the most. I also have a beautiful organ at home, but unfortunately, I do not find enough time to play it regularly any more.
It was time to focus photographically on something else and then started my fascination for land- and cityscapes.
Which are your most important experiences that have influenced your art?
Describe your overall photographic vision.
You have your very own style but your work is very diversified. Can you explain why this is?
What is more important to you, the mood/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
What gear do you use (camera, lenses)?
I appreciate the fact that a fixed manually focused lens forces you to slow down the whole shooting process. You have to move back and forward until you find the right point of view for e.g. a 21mm lens. The photograph becomes more consciously chosen and built, the longer you look at something the more you see - and in my opinion this is also shown in the final result.
What software do you use to process your images?
Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
What is your most important advice to a beginner in Photography and how do you get started?
Get inspired by photographers’ work you like best.
Get also familiar with your equipment like when you were learning to drive a car. Once driving becomes a routine you will enjoy your road trip through a beautiful scenery much more and you will definitely get more out of it by the end of the day.
1X is great as well for learning or get inspiration. Investigate published photos and ask yourself, what makes this photograph special?
But also, public curation is a good way to train the eyes justifying the quality of photographs in different genres.
Then of course reading relevant topics, tutorials and exchanging knowledge with fellow photographers, listening podcasts, all that helps a lot as well.
Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?
Positive influence will lead most people to the following: At the beginning you try to photograph in a similar way like your favourite photographer does, going for the same subjects, using the same point of view and processing. Sooner or later you modify directions and eventually you follow your own path. In other words, inspiration leads to copying someone else's style, but by releasing the belt, you can make a step into your own territory.
Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
For some reason I like probably one from Dubai the most. Being always fond of minimalistic approaches, the Hotel Burj al Arab is a fantastic architectural landmark with almost nothing around it. The colour tones create a mood that I like very much. But I am also very happy with my cityscapes I have done so far.
Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1x as a home base for your work?
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