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Drawing inspiration from the moody tones of cinema, Fabio Interra's work boasts a richness which is felt through his earthy color palettes, his wintery forest settings, and his complimentary use of light and shadow.

His images set a darker, deeper tone which explore the relationship between nature and the human form. Emotion leaks through every picture as he takes the viewer on a journey through cool woodland landscapes which seemingly entwine with the human body.

We caught up with Fabio to ask about the inspiration behind his images, the gear he uses, and how he creates his beautifully cinematic, fine art imagery...

 

 

Image by Fabio Interra

Image by Fabio Interra

 

What's your full name and where are you from/currently based?

Hi there! I'm Fabio Interra, I was born 41 yeas ago and I live in a small city in the north of Italy. I'm based near Milan but I’m open to move.

 

Image by Fabio Interra

Image by Fabio Interra

 

When and How did you get in to Photography?

Art and creativity, related to the study of the image, have always fascinated me, I’ve always taken pictures with friends on holidays, but nothing “serious”. “True” photography came into my life after a summer holiday (2009) spent in a beautiful place - La Conquet, Bretagne. The magical place, the amazing light and the atmosphere enchanted me, so once I returned home, I decided to get a master into photography world, one of my strongest passion in art, attending an evening class at the "Italian Institute of Photography" in Milan. Since then, I've never stopped shooting.

 

Image by Fabio Interra

Image by Fabio Interra

 

Can you describe your style of Photography?

Well, I think this is a hard question to answer. My photography has been growing over the years thanks to my experiences and my feelings. However, If I had to use adjectives to describe my style, they would be: dramatic, gloomy, and emotionally charged.

 

Image by Fabio Interra

Image by Fabio Interra

 

Where do you draw your inspiration for your images?

My first inspiration was the great Tim Walker. I love his works. I am fascinated by the creativity of his pictures. I also follow Paolo Roversi, Eugenio Recuenco and Kirsty Mitchell. I also take inspiration from nature during the cold season (I like walking in the woods), music, cinema (my favorite genres are thriller and horror), illustration (many of which from the Manga World) and paintings I find on web.

 

Image by Fabio Interra

Image by Fabio Interra

 

Do you have any tips for creating cinematic images?

Not really, but I think It's very important be aware of the lights and shadows. Probably when I click (the camera shutter) I'm influenced a lot by all the movies and TV series I've seen and this is inconspicuously reflected on the pictures I take.

 

Image by Fabio Interra

Image by Fabio Interra

 

What gear do you use?

I have a Canon 5D mark II as main camera with 24-70 2.8 canon, 85 1.8 canon and 70-200 2.8 Tamron lens. I rarely use an infrared camera canon 350D (I bought it few months ago). Years ago I bought a“Cosina”, an analogic camera, in a vintage market but unfortunately I only used a few times. Sometimes, during my shooting I take some instant pictures with my polaroid (I like the artifacts that this film can create). I also have a flash but I just use it for commercial works. Of course I prefer taking pictures with natural light. I also have a little drone but honestly, I haven’t learnt to use it yet.

 

Image by Fabio Interra

Image by Fabio Interra

 

Whats your favourite piece of equipment?

I like my 24-70 lens a lot, it's a versatile lens for many different situations. But I also use the 85/1.8 for portraits, this lens has a good blurry effect.

 

Image by Fabio Interra

Image by Fabio Interra

 

Tell us about your editing process.

I want to underline that I try to build my pictures before the shooting to get them ready. Most of the time I have the mood and ideas in my head already. However some images are thought of at the moment based on my mood and surrounding situation. First of all, after the day of shooting I don't look at my pictures for at least 2 days, because I need to reset my mind. Then, I import pictures in Lightroom to correct the white balance, lights, shadows and the color tone. After that, I work on Photoshop for others corrections like skin cleaning, delete items (that i use for some shots, for example a little ladder, clamps and so on). Then, I import again in Lightroom for the ultimate correction and to apply the presets on the basis of pictures (I don't randomly use presets on all the images). Finally, the last step, in Photoshop I overlay the images exported from Lightroom to PSD and I correct the opacity of the level.

 

Image by Fabio Interra

Image by Fabio Interra

 

What's been your biggest achievement in Photography?

Concerning the Photography, I'm honored to have worked for Charlotte Wessels (Delain's leadsinger) and Georg Neuhauser (Serenity's leadsinger) for a project called Phantasma – The Deviant Hearts in Austria. My job consisted in photographing, interpreting an already existing story, wrote by the talented Charlotte Wessels. I spent some nice days with them and I am satisfied of the final result of the project.

 

Image by Fabio Interra

Image by Fabio Interra

 

Are there any type projects you would like to start and to explore?

At the moment I don’t have a real a project to start but I'd like to shoot in Iceland and other north Europe places. I love these places so much, because I think they are connected to my mood and my personal style of photography.

 

Image by Fabio Interra

Image by Fabio Interra
 

Do you have any tips for Photographers who are looking for a cinematic style of Photography?

I suggest to study a lot and watch the work of many photographers. Also, watching tv series and movies could be very useful. Be always curious of experimenting new things. Color correction has obviously a key role for having a cinematic style. The best way to find your own style is looking inside yourself and keep going to shoot. If there is commitment and constance, before or later your style will arrive.

 

Image by Fabio Interra

 

Do you have a favourite image that you have taken?

Yes, for the moment this is my favourite, because it reflects what I'm living in this time.

Titled: Silent Sorrow.

 

'Silent Sorrow' Image by Fabio Interra

'Silent Sorrow' - Fabio Interra's Favourite Image

 

What does Photography mean to you?

Photography is the only way to get me out of what surrounds me and create a “safe” reality. I'm not interested in being understood: that's the only way I can express what I feel inside me (obviously not with all the pictures, some are just aesthetic expressions). I hope one day I'll spread my wings..

 

 

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