Giada Laiso is a photographer from Italy. She is 21 years old and she studies New Technologies of Art at the Academy of Milan. She went to high school of Art and she’s studied painting for five years and this has greatly influenced on her photography style. It was a great pleasure for us to take an interview with Giada Laiso and we wish you a pleasant reading and viewing of Giada Laiso photography.
AP: Giada, thank you for finding the time to give us an interview. We are very happy to see you here. We hope you will enjoy our interview questions. Could you please tell me what got you started?
Giada: I started taking pictures a few years ago. I had many ideas in my mind and I wanted to express them through photography. I’ve always preferred portraits because they demonstrate souls of people better than anything else. After every shot I learned something new, my inspiration increased and I had many new ideas. Surrealism is what influences me more than anything else.
AP: What a great start! Do you have any formal education in photography or were you self-taught?
Giada: I call myself a self-taught. Every day I discover new things about photography; I experiment with ideas and create what I want. The more time I spend with camera the more I learn and find ways how to best use the camera; I think that you can have the best camera in the world, but if you don’t know good enough how to use it, the camera is useless.
AP: I absolutely agree with you on that point. By the way what genre are your photos?
Giada: Like I said, I portraying people, the way I do it makes the difference. In my shots there are subjects like life, death, mystery and dreams; I try to represent parallel worlds. I use any idea that comes to my mind, regardless of the genre that it belongs to. I like working outdoors: near woods, water sources, rocky areas and it inspires me so much. Difficulty comes if you don’t know what you want to convey to people, but personally when I take a picture I always know what I want to convey.
AP: How would you describe your works? Can you consider them as unique or unusual?
Giada: I want to combine photography and painting in surreal worlds in my shots; I hope that my works will be considered unique and unusual.
AP: Giada, what kind of equipment and techniques do you use to take your pictures?
Giada: I’ve a Canon EOS 500D, to realize my images I use manual mode, I use 18-55mm or 75-300mm lenses and sometimes a tripod; for special shots I use a fisheye 8mm. For post-production I use Photoshop CS4.
AP: Which artists do you use for references?
Giada: I’m fascinated by Magritte, Dalì, Max Ernst and Caravaggio.
AP: Wow, great list of artists! Do you have any dream project? What is it?
Giada: I hope to become a fine art photographer and travel around the world to take photos.
AP: We wish you dream to definitely come true! What is the formula for success in your activity? Do you participate in contests or exhibitions?
Giada: I think that success is achieved with creativity and originality, the most important thing is to convey something to people with our personal art. I’d like to participate in exhibitions and collaborate with creative people.
AP: Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?
Giada: I find support in those who believe in me like my family, my boyfriend…The essential part of my creativity is never to tire in finding inspiration.
AP: Tell us three lessons you believe are really important for every photographer?
Giada: Be original, be artistic and never give up.
Giada, thank you so much for sharing such interesting story with us. I am sure your readers will find it useful. We wish you great thoughts, bright ideas and of course to travel around the world with your camera. To learn more about Giada Laiso photography feel free to visit her personal Flickr page.