The Other Side 4 years ago

The Other Side 01

 

Welcome to another collaborative street photography project on UPSP. In this article Elena Maiorova talks with street photographer Umberto Verdoliva. The series of street photos below are based on the idea ‘The Other Side’, and taken in June /July 2013.

 


QIs your visual search is based on preconceived ideas or you are looking for intuitive moments?

UV

A I look and search based solely on my intuition.

EM

The Other Side 01

Untitled by Elena Maiorova

QWhat is your approach to people? describe it.

UV

A I’ve never had any real issues taking pictures of people as I treat everybody with great respect. I don’t take the photo if someone has forbidden me to photograph them. I don’t publish work that would denigrate anyone. However, when there is an opportunity I’ll take the picture quickly to try and take what I saw and the idea I want to convey. If someone sees my camera I will talk to the person, explaining my intentions and often there is a little dialogue, sometimes developing to a longer conversation and even a friendship. I love people, they are the most interesting topic for me in the photo … inexhaustible, always new and unexpected.

EM

The Other Side 01

Untitled by Elena Maiorova

QAre you a careful observer or if there is something to prepare how do you make it happen?

UV

AMost often, when I shoot in the street – it’s just impromptu, but if the situation is such that something prevents me, or I want to change something for the sake of a great shot – I certainly will.

EM

The Other Side 01

Untitled by Elena Maiorova

QHow important is photography in your life today? Is it your world for refuge or is a way to understand more about people?

UV

APhotography today means to me very much to me. I’d almost say taking photos is my life, its full of vivid impressions, hopes and dreams, successes and failures, the joys of knowing the world and the people themselves.

EM

The Other Side 01

Untitled by Elena Maiorova


AI started taking pictures in 2006 to document the progress of work for my company. The digital has brought me to photography for ease of approach but at the same time I have realized early the importance of having a technical basis of analog photography. Years before, I loved edit video shot with the camera, when I look at them, I realize I have joined many photographs to one another.

UV

QI would be very interested to know how long you have been a photographer?

EM

The Other Side 01

NT by Umberto Verdoliva

AMy first camera was a nikon d70, now I work with a nikon d300 and an analog camera nikon FM2n film. I have never attended photography courses I am self-taught. I attended a short course for analogue printing in black and white. I wanted to understand the differences between working in the darkroom and operate the PC in the room clear. I really like the traditional photography with the analogue camera and film, it allows you to think before shooting. This approach has almost disappeared with digital but I think it is essential for the quality of the work. Many, even looking at my digital photos, they are convinced that I’m shooting film and when they point out to me that I am very happy.

UV

QWhat was your first camera and how and where did you study photography?

EM

The Other Side 01

NT by Umberto Verdoliva

AI am a simple amateur. I like to call myself a professional amateur photographer, because I spend all my free time on photography.
In every day life, I have a degree in urban planning, I work as a technician for over 25 years with a major construction company that realizes significant public works, from here, the need to transfer to various sites in Italy … a challenging job, not just for me, it has also impacted on important decisions with my family.

UV

QIs photography your profession or is street photography a hobby and you do a different job?

EM

The Other Side 01

NT by Umberto Verdoliva

AI love photography that gives dignity and respect to the man. I do not like to attack people but always wait very patiently for the right moment, which I often pre-visualize. My invisibility of the conquered with the continued presence and visible on site.

UV

QDo you prefer to remain hidden when shooting or let people know you are shooting them?

EM

The Other Side 01

NT by Umberto Verdoliva

 

AI have only two lenses: nikkor 18-75 mm f/3,5-4,5 on D300 and nikkor 50 mm f / 1.2 on Nikon FM2n, they are enough to me. For me the camera is only a pen…

UV

QWhat is your favourite lens in street photography?

EM

 

Conclusion

Elena

“I love to see Umberto’s new work, as they are always great. Again, Umberto connects with his emotions, passions, thoughts and secrets. Umberto’s photos are beautiful, smart and fancy, their composition is flawless. The pictures you want to spend time finding all the new and interesting moments. With all my heart I wish Umberto new creative successes and discoveries, I am very pleased that, thanks to the wonderful project at UPSP I met this amazing photographer and person.”

Umberto

“Tackling together the theme ‘the other side’ has emerged again our common vision in interpreting the reality around us. To split, to separate reality through a physical support which may be a glass, a cloth, or other object has been our common way of seeing. Elenas images comes up with strength in all this. The poetic and surreal appearance of the moment, is highlighted, and the vision becomes evocative and gives a different perception of reality. As Elena likes to transform reality and at the same time making it intimate and personal, are not exercises ends in themselves, but are insights into something that is continually looking around her through others”


Favourite street photos from UPSP

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Swarat Ghosh ‘Life at Ghats’

To choose one picture of the work of many talented authors UPSP – quite a challenge. So I set eyes on one of the many pictures that I really liked. This is the photographer’s work Swarat Ghosh “Life at Ghats”. I always struggle to explain why I like or dont like some work. For me, it’s more intuitive time than parsing photos on items. However, for me, shooting of children is a special, I love these troublemakers and visionaries, I love to take part in their games, while photographing the interesting moments. In the picture – evening by the river, the children who have to work. A child in the foreground is clearly unhappy with his comrades games, I think he’s tired … the other boy has not finished the job, and their comrades sports and acting up, jumping into the water from the concrete pedestal. Beautifully drawn on the sunset sky graceful figures, jumping boys, perfectly captured the dynamics of their movement. Sunset light, graphic quality of drawing, and its various dimensions is very encouraging. The composition and arrangement is calibrated, and the story does not leave anyone indifferent. I’d like to see in the photo, sad and rejoice with those kids. In the picture, a story, a story about the lives of children who, despite the difficulties of life, still remain the same cheerful, mischievous and fun mood, like all the boys in the world.”

-Elena Maiorova

Le plongeoir by Roch Laurent

I love this photograph for the beauty of gestures, for its splendid black and white, for the eternal moment who she transmits, to the sense of youth that fills my heart. It is a timeless image who has stayed with me impressed. I do not know what alchemy is when man and woman love each other, the same alchemy has happened to me when I saw the picture ‘The Plongeoir’. “

-Umberto Verdoliva


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6 Comments

 

  1. July 19, 2013  4:09 pm by Rob Hill

    Great shots from both Elena and Umberto for another great collaboration. Thank you both for taking the time to do this.

    • July 19, 2013  7:19 pm by Elena Maiorova

      Thank you Rob, it was very interesting to take part in this project!

  2. July 20, 2013  10:11 am by Tristan Parker

    Really great work guys, was super happy to work with you both to pull this together and I think that the end result is really special. I hope that we can remain in contact!

    • July 20, 2013  7:32 pm by Elena Maiorova

      Special thank you Tristan, for your patience, attention and understanding, it was a great experience of cooperation between photographers from different countries.

  3. July 20, 2013  7:32 pm by Mirko TheFool Arganese

    Superb job!
    Elena and Umberto for me, are the outstanding artists.
    Many compliments in the hope of giving us more exceptional moments.

    • July 20, 2013  7:34 pm by Elena Maiorova

      Sincerely thank you Mirko for the kind words!

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