Interview with Francesco Romero
Question 1: Do you strive and prosper about your craft?
Answer: “It’s tough but I want to believe I’m getting on the right track. You can see beautiful images everywhere nowadays but if you have a solid concept, perseverance and, why not, a bit of luck, I believe you can still make the difference. Right now, I’m still exploring my own creativity and I’m glad my craft it’s self financed.”
Question 2: What type of camera do you use and why specifically?
Answer: “I use either a Canon 5D or a 6D. There’s no specific reasons for this if not fate, I guess. A bunch of years back I found an old Canon camera neglected on a sidewalk. No pictures inside and no way for me to track its owner down. I tried everything possible but no way. I ended up taking it as a sign that I should have invested more time and energy in photography and started taking pictures more seriously. With time I got used to how a Canon works and I got stuck with it. That old camera is still with me but I haven’t been using it for years now.”
Question 3: Any outside influence at all or your work is Nature/Nature?
Answer: "I think it’s impossible to not being influenced by others these days. We’re literally bombed with images from everywhere. That being said, I try to keep myself as much naive as possible (artistically speaking). I obviously love the work of huge photographers such as Andreas Gursky or, say, Todd Hido. Boris Savelev is also one of my favorites but I don’t necessarily see my art related to any of the above. At the same time I think they must have influenced me in one way or another. It’s natural.”
Question 4: Does the amount of followers matter or does the engagement with your followers count?
Answer: “I think it’s a combination of both. A good amount of followers is clearly a good thing if you’re on Instagram but engaging with much people as possible is also absolutely crucial. Having loads of followers and not engaging with anyone it’s something more related to hoarding than to communication and art.”
Question 5: Would you like to inspire aspiring photographers to use their own information/sources or gain and get influenced by other?
Answer: “I honestly haven’t thought about that. I do my own thing, spontaneously. I do what I love. This is my free zone. Everything that comes out of all this is a bonus. If my work will inspire others, I’ll be more than glad.”
EDITED BY CARL PACK.
HEAD EDITOR OF CROSSWALKS MAGAZINE.