Interview with Luca Mordente
Question 1: What is your name?
Luca: “Hi, here’s Luca Mordente.”
Question 2: Where are you from?
Luca: “I’m from Agropoli, a little city of south Italy.”
Question 3: What does photography mean to you?
Luca: “Do not forget the place, the moment, the light .. it has ever happened that a friend shows you a very old photo where you are, that you did not even remember you had taken it. Here is that feeling that you feel looking at that moment, I want to try after years reviewing my shots.”
Question 4: What camera do you currently use?
Luca: “I use a Sony a7s with analog optics. Sometimes even shooting with a Canon AE1 .. It 'a cliché but I think there is nothing more real and nostalgic as the film.“
Question 5: Are there any types of photography that you absolutely dislike? If so why?
Luca: “To say that there is a type of photography that I do not like would be like saying "there are people who do not like me as they look at the world". Surely there are types of photography that I would not do.“
Question 6: How do you think Instagram had changed the game for photographers and artists a-like?
Luca: “Here are photographers who work only because they have numbers on social media, there are photographers who work because they are good and there are good photographers who do not work because they do not have the numbers. To date, companies often look at how many followers a photographer has and in contracts they include the "sharing on personal social profile" clause. It's a sad reality, but I always remind everyone that you do not need 500k of followers, but it only takes 1 to change your life, so focus more on the content and what you really want to express. If the photographer is valid sooner or later it will be noticed. I've been using instagram for 5 years, to date emerge on instagram, I realize that it is really a puzzle.“
Question 7: What stands out to you most as a photographer when you are out on a photoshoot?
Luca: “I had never stopped to think about this. You pointed out to me that in my daily days, light also affects my mood too much. And I think it's the first stimulus that drives me to take the camera in my hand.“
Question 8: Do you think photographers are sometimes underpaid for their work?
Luca: “There are so many types of photographers. But I can assure you that because of the technology and the entry level products, which today are also quite advanced, has created a lot of competition. The problem is customers who are not educated enough to understand who is a professional photographer or a "Sunday photographer"!“
Question 9: What perspectives about yourself have you gained through your work?
Luca: “I always tried to get out of my photos, the world of my subjects. Over the years I have noticed all the people I was shooting, told me, my nature, and my most intimate character. This thing also scared me a little because I realized that my photos speak too much of me, sometimes this makes me feel naked.“
Question 10: What is your definition of passion?
Luca: “It is a word that derives from the Latin, meaning "to suffer."I believe that for me it is the decision to be willing to suffer for something that you love. As I always say, if you really love your partner you should tell him “I’m passionated about you.”