INTERVIEW WITH … CRISTINA DUCA

[:en]Researched by Roberta Pastore

CRISTINA DUCA

I was born in ROME in 1970. I’m a mom, a wife, a worker. I’m a curious person who llikes  observe the world around me.  I’ve always done it, without a camera too. During last 2 years I have started to get more in touch with the photography world, and this passion captures me more and more.   I love photography and I love people. SoI try to capture their moments and emotions. Camera is a friend that is always with me. It is in my bag with the phone, the keys and the agenda, it is becoming more and more part of my life.

PERSONAL WEB SITE : https://www.flickr.com/photos/naturae/

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Going back in time how was your passion for photography born ?

Photography had always attracted me, but my commitment started in an unusual way. I have a blog about “farming on balcony” and I needed a new camera to take better images. So I bought it  and I started to shoot. Passion started to grow click after click. So I changed subjects, from vegetables to persons.

Considering your works, which ones marked your entrance in the world of real photography?

Was a photo that portrayed the feet of a man and a woman sitting inside a bus.  I showed the photo to a friend and he told me: hey this is really a street!  I liked that pic, so I continued with this  kind of photos,  for me new at that time.

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How do you manage colour and B&W?

I try to obtein the best in camera. After I use Lightroom to editing photos.

Which kind of camera do you use?

I have two cameras. A Canon 6d and a Sony dsc rx 100.  I use both of them, even if with the sony I’m a little more invisible.

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What determines if a photo is “good one” or not?

Emotion first. Light, geometry and composition after. In the past I thought that a pic was good if people likes. Now I think that a photo is good if communicates something, sometimes only to me, other time in a more objective way.

When you are shooting, do you have an image in your mind? Do you build the final photo before shooting it or are your images also a result of a post-production phase?

Sometimes I have an image in my mind. Happens when I find a place or a light that I like. In this case, I compose the photo and wait the right subjet. Other time the subject arrives  unexpected and I have just the time to catch it. The photo born when you have the camenra in your hand, not in editing phase. Post-production is important to get the best of a picture, as photographers have always done.

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What training did you follow? Who inspired you?

My training is “never a day without camera with me”. Besides this, I love read photography books, listen tips of expert photographer and watching the endless amount of wonderful images available today. When I started, I was quite unprepared about photography and photographers. So initially, I had no real influence. Now I begin to know and appreciate the work of many great photographers. I love artists like Bresson, V. Maier, F. Fontana, but not only. All of them, even if differently, surprise and attract me.

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What was your first camera?

A little camera, a Sony DSC RX 100.  Often I continue to use it, I love this camera very much, both for its performance and for its small size; with the Sony I’m more invisible.

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What is photography to you? And what should not be instead?

I know only what is photography for myself: is a passion, is a way to live emotions. Mine and that of other people. And should be respectful of the people.

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What is the photo that struck you the most of a great historical photographer?

Among the photos I love most, there is the portrait of Matisse by Cartier Bresson. A man and his life all in a shot.

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What is your favorite technique?

I haven’t a preferred technique. The only thing I can say is that I love use wide-angle lenses

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Why do street photography?

Street photography is the way that allows me to put into practice what I used to do without owning a camera: observe people, take a snapshot of their life, capture an emotion… I love people as they are, in my view this is the most attracting show in the world.

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What is your best shot and what does it represent for you?

Is difficult replay to this question. I love many of my pics, each one means something to me. If I have to choose, peraphs the “mom in the bus”, one of my first street photo. I don’t know if is my best pic, buti this  is the photo  that gave me confidence to continue with this photographic genre

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What is your relationship with the street and the people who are in your shots?

The street is a big  theater where people are  reciting their lives. Sometimes I have no relationship with  the people in the pics. Other time, directly or not,  I know the people in my photos.

 [:it]Researched by Roberta Pastore

CRISTINA DUCA

I was born in ROME in 1970. I’m a mom, a wife, a worker. I’m a curious person who llikes  observe the world around me.  I’ve always done it, without a camera too. During last 2 years I have started to get more in touch with the photography world, and this passion captures me more and more.   I love photography and I love people. SoI try to capture their moments and emotions. Camera is a friend that is always with me. It is in my bag with the phone, the keys and the agenda, it is becoming more and more part of my life.

PERSONAL WEB SITE : https://www.flickr.com/photos/naturae/

 

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Going back in time how was your passion for photography born ?

Photography had always attracted me, but my commitment started in an unusual way. I have a blog about “farming on balcony” and I needed a new camera to take better images. So I bought it  and I started to shoot. Passion started to grow click after click. So I changed subjects, from vegetables to persons.

Considering your works, which ones marked your entrance in the world of real photography?

Was a photo that portrayed the feet of a man and a woman sitting inside a bus.  I showed the photo to a friend and he told me: hey this is really a street!  I liked that pic, so I continued with this  kind of photos,  for me new at that time.

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How do you manage colour and B&W?

I try to obtein the best in camera. After I use Lightroom to editing photos.

Which kind of camera do you use?

I have two cameras. A Canon 6d and a Sony dsc rx 100.  I use both of them, even if with the sony I’m a little more invisible.

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What determines if a photo is “good one” or not?

Emotion first. Light, geometry and composition after. In the past I thought that a pic was good if people likes. Now I think that a photo is good if communicates something, sometimes only to me, other time in a more objective way.

When you are shooting, do you have an image in your mind? Do you build the final photo before shooting it or are your images also a result of a post-production phase?

Sometimes I have an image in my mind. Happens when I find a place or a light that I like. In this case, I compose the photo and wait the right subjet. Other time the subject arrives  unexpected and I have just the time to catch it. The photo born when you have the camenra in your hand, not in editing phase. Post-production is important to get the best of a picture, as photographers have always done.

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What training did you follow? Who inspired you?

My training is “never a day without camera with me”. Besides this, I love read photography books, listen tips of expert photographer and watching the endless amount of wonderful images available today. When I started, I was quite unprepared about photography and photographers. So initially, I had no real influence. Now I begin to know and appreciate the work of many great photographers. I love artists like Bresson, V. Maier, F. Fontana, but not only. All of them, even if differently, surprise and attract me.

 

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What was your first camera?

A little camera, a Sony DSC RX 100.  Often I continue to use it, I love this camera very much, both for its performance and for its small size; with the Sony I’m more invisible.

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What is photography to you? And what should not be instead?

I know only what is photography for myself: is a passion, is a way to live emotions. Mine and that of other people. And should be respectful of the people.

bn (12)

What is the photo that struck you the most of a great historical photographer?

Among the photos I love most, there is the portrait of Matisse by Cartier Bresson. A man and his life all in a shot.

 

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What is your favorite technique?

I haven’t a preferred technique. The only thing I can say is that I love use wide-angle lenses

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Why do street photography?

Street photography is the way that allows me to put into practice what I used to do without owning a camera: observe people, take a snapshot of their life, capture an emotion… I love people as they are, in my view this is the most attracting show in the world.

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What is your best shot and what does it represent for you?

Is difficult replay to this question. I love many of my pics, each one means something to me. If I have to choose, peraphs the “mom in the bus”, one of my first street photo. I don’t know if is my best pic, buti this  is the photo  that gave me confidence to continue with this photographic genre

colore (3)

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What is your relationship with the street and the people who are in your shots?

The street is a big  theater where people are  reciting their lives. Sometimes I have no relationship with  the people in the pics. Other time, directly or not,  I know the people in my photos.

 

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