About

ME AND PHOTOGRAPHY

My interest in photography was encouraged by my father when it started with a birthday present, a Juka D.R.P. camera.On sunny Sundays we went out for walks in the countryside or in our hometown, searching for lines and perspectives.

 

Later on I caught some of the theory behind photography. My father proudly told me everything about it as e.g. the concept of ‘automatic parallax compensation’, a new feature of the Fujica SE 35 Rangefinder.

 

After a few years, I discovered that photography was a nice but expensive hobby so I switched over to diapositives. That was not always with satisfying results: somehow after a while Fuji slides got a bluish grain and the ones from Kodak even turned orange.

 

I had my Praktica Super TL 1000 for just a short period.  The shutter sounded like smashing the door of an old Škoda or a Lada. I sold the crude Praktica and bought a Canon AV-1. Then suddenly, black and white photography took my attention. With some old equipment that belonged to my father, I developed photo’s in a darkroom of a photographer friend.

 

After a long break with no photographing at all, I stepped into the digital photo era with a Nikon Coolpix. This 885-model was a nice step-up but the actual boost in digital photography was given by its successor, a Canon IXUS 900 Ti.

 

Still I missed something: choosing my own settings. In the memory of my analog period with all the Canons, I came out with the 80D.

 

As a young photographer I learned to look for symmetry and imitated my father when he created a frame with his fingers and thumbs. I experienced that I had to be patient waiting for people who walked in the picture to get it into balance. I wasn’t interested in making pictures indoors except for maybe just this ugly one here below.

 

Nowadays, photographing is for everyone. Look at all the photoshopped pictures on the internet. Glamorous pictures can be made in the blink of an eye and almost any effect can be reproduced with the help of a simple app. For me, Snapseed and Photoshop are one of the best to work with.

 

Still, composition stays important and stripes and lines always have something magic and enhances the effect on the picture tremendously. It’s always nice when lines come together in the corner of a picture. I learned to look from different angles and perspectives, but as I already mentioned elsewhere on these pages, I don’t see the things as they are, I see them as I am.

 

Roberto Cristofoli

 

 

 
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Photoshooting my dad, 1966

 

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With my first camera

 

Apennines, Italy 1985

Apennines, Italy 1985

 

Gullfoss, Iceland 2014

Gullfoss, Iceland 2014

 

-  Salty  -  1986

– Salty – 1986

 

-  U S A  -  1985

– U S A – 1985

1966 Juka D.R.P.

1966 Juka D.R.P.

1978 Fujica SE35

1978 Fujica SE35

1980 Praktica TL 1000

1980 Praktica TL 1000

1981 Canon AV-1

1982 Canon AV-1

1990 Ricoh FF7

1990 Ricoh FF7

1998 Canon  A1

1998 Canon A1

2002 Nikon 885

2002 Nikon 885

2007 Canon 900 Ti

2007 Canon 900 Ti

2012 Canon 600D

2012 Canon 600D

2017 Canon 80D

2017 Canon 80D