Interview: Angelo Davide Nisi (Octopus Visual Arts)
Today we’re showing you the work of Angelo Davide of Octopus Visual Arts. He is a 24-year-old digital creator and barista from Italy.
How did you get into photography?
I was introduced to photography indirectly by my mother. When I was a child I found her old film camera, a Yashica 108 mp. I immediately showed interest in this art, but it was a bit complicated at the time. So, for my eleventh birthday, my parents gave me a compact camera from Sony. With this camera, I experimented for a while, but after a year it wasn’t enough and with my savings and my father’s help I bought my first and current DSLR, the Canon EOS 60D. From here I began my journey in photography.
Are there any particular techniques or places like websites you use to get new inspiration?
When I run out of inspiration I look for it on social media, like Instagram. Seeing the work of other photographers pushes me to do more and try new moods and techniques.
What makes a good photo for you?
In my opinion, what makes a photo interesting is given by the skill and intention of the photographer and his ability to transmit something to the viewer. It can be beautiful the photo of a product, as it can be beautiful the photo of dawn. It’s all in the hands of the photographer to experiment with new ways to amaze the viewer.
How important is your equipment when taking photos?
Often, those who begin their photographic journey think that equipment is everything, but it’s not true. Only with experience, you can understand it, and only then you will realize that half of the stuff you bought is useless for your style or your purposes. It’s inevitable.
The only advice I can give is to resist the temptation to buy more than a good DSLR, or mirrorless, depending on your budget, and use the lens supplied with it to experience as much as possible and buy only when you feel the real need to upgrade your lens package and accessories.
Usually, the camera is a loyal companion for years.
Except for a camera and lenses: What’s important for you when you go out to take photos?
When I go out for shooting, I consider the time and the weather of the day, depending on the mood I want to get for the photos but very often I let myself be guided by the inspiration of the moment and look for a better perspective of what’s around me.
Which photo or photo series are you particularly proud of?
I’m very proud of my “product photography” series because it’s a challenge that includes more than one skill: create a set, set the lights, choose the right components for the scene, choose the mood and be able to give a story to an inanimate object.
It’s all in my power.
Can everyone learn to be creative?
I think creativity is like a muscle, everyone has it as a human, for any activity we do, but you have to feed it with experience and knowledge. Everything can be learned, nothing is innate, there’s only the will to do it.
What’s your best advice if someone wants to take better photos?
The best advice I can give to those who want to take better photos is to change the way you see things.
As in life, so in photography, we must try to change our perspective to see what others cannot and improve ourselves.
One word – your thoughts
Social Media – Share inspiration and be inspired
Megapixel – Not important, but big photos, big opportunities in post-production
Inspiration – What we need every day
Photoshop – The last touch to your photos to make them shine
Analogue – Something more personal than digital
Please show your work in some selected images.
Thank you for the interview!