A selection of photos by Anna Leporati Serrao a.k.a. pannaphotos
to steve jobs
il condominio spagnolo
making the grades
dead end street
– Hello, Anna. How would you describe this selection of photos?
– First of all I want to thank you for this kind invitation. All chosen images have been taken during some recent trips of mine around Europe. The first one, a tribute to the genius of Steve Jobs, is certainly my best-loved. I think this set shows, in a different way, my photographic approach to urban environment. To summarize, my love for strong contrasts of light, sometimes geometric shapes or incongruencies.
– As a photographer, what do you find interesting about urban environments and architecture? What usually attracts your visual attention?
– Urban environment is the stage where contemporary people spend most of their time. My aim is to photographically document the fragility, the loneliness, the uncertainty of humans in the relationship with their environment. Sometimes I like to break the composition rules in order to create a tension and something that is not so easy to visually read. Regarding architecture, it’s known that architects are nowadays considered “stars” and that all the photographers are terribly fascinated by their creations all over the world. I am visually attracted by geometry, shapes, lines, rhythms, contrasts, negative spaces, juxtapositions, ambiguities … which are the elements that all photographers so much love in this kind of subject.
– Which other photographic styles do you like besides architectural and urban photography?
– Abstractions, minimal works, sometimes portraits, I love the surreal world too … perhaps it’s easier for me to say what I don’t like, or better, what I’m not so good about: landscapes – up to now, of course. I hope to improve.
– What motivates you to be busy with photography, what is your goal as a photographer?
– Passion is the main motivation! I can’t spend a day without taking photographs or processing my shots, reading some books about photography, surfing on the internet or looking for exhibitions. I know it’s a kind of fixed idea, but I can’t help it. My goal is to create a perfect image and I’m going to continue looking for it.
– Do you have a ‘dream location’ where you would like to take photos? which city would you like to visit for a photo session?
– I love to challenge my creative ability everywhere. Each place, with its own identity, can be inspiring but, at the top of my desire list, it’s Basel where there is a concentration of good museums and architectural beauties, especially Vitra Campus in Weil-am-Rhein. Besides It would be fantastic to return to some unforgettable towns especially Paris, Barcelona, New York, London, Valencia …
– What is your favorite camera?
– In the past I worked with 2 compact cameras, a Casio Exilim and a Canon Powershot G9. I now own a Nikon D90 with two lenses. If I buy a new camera I’ll choose a Canon 5d Mark II.
– Did you publish any photo books and where do you expose your works on internet?
– Two years ago I published a book on Blurb Out of Focus, soon I’m going to make another one. Some of my works are on sale on Getty Images and in the past I took part in three collective exhibitions and I’ve been also the curator together with some friends. Recently I’ve joined Google+, but I’m still not so frequent there, so my photographs are mainly exposed on Flickr. Thank you again!