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Centre Stage With Pelleas

Who is Pelleas? My name is Lorenzo and I’m a light technician, I work in an opera house, Teatro Comunale Bologna, and most of my work is to prepare the lighting set for opera shows and to program computers to manage the lighting set. The passion for photography started many years ago when I was fifteen,…

Who is Pelleas?

My name is Lorenzo and I’m a light technician, I work in an opera house, Teatro Comunale Bologna, and most of my work is to prepare the lighting set for opera shows and to program computers to manage the lighting set.

The passion for photography started many years ago when I was fifteen, at that age I bought the first reflex film camera. I never lost my passion for photography, but for sometimes I stopped taking photos. I restarted when the era of digital cameras came. In 2002 during a travel in Japan I bought my first pocket digital camera, immediately I stopped taking photos with films, maybe it was not the best decision to take, but always bringing the camera with me and practising every day I think has improved my style.

The story behind 5 photos:

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I love to take photos of the show where I work. Although I’m not the official photographer of the theatre I publish my photos on my Flickr album and most of them have thousand of visualizations. Here is a beautiful show of a masterpiece by Francis Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites directed by Olivier Py.

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On every summer, the main square of Bologna becomes a big outdoor cinema. Here is a man on the back who seems is waiting to start the projection.

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At the theatre where I work we perform also ballet shows. Here is a ballet of the Virgilio Sieni Dance Company of Stravinsky’s masterpiece Petruska

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In September 2017 I worked in Busseto, the town where Giuseppe Verdi was born. I took this photo in the streets of this small town.

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Another passion of my life is to ride my bicycle, I’m not Chris Froome, but I love to ride on hills, country roads and to move around the city on a bicycle

You have an incredible talent for catching emotion-fueled moments throughout the theatre. How long did it take you to master this technique?

The first time I took photos of shows I was very frustrated because lights of a show are done for humane eyes, not for DSLR camera, the way how a sensor read the light is totally different from the eyes that compensate the difference between strong and low lights. So I started to test reducing the exposition and to adjust the highlights with postproduction. A good knowledge of the camera is not enough to take decent photos of shows, in my opinion, is better to know what you are shooting, waiting for the right timing to shoot. I learned this after years of practice.

Have you ever worked with other kinds of photography, on other subjects, or was theatre your “first love”?

Not only theatre is my favourite subject, related to this kind of photography, I love also music photography, I take photos of jazz concerts in a small jazz club in the town where I live, most of them are in black and white, knowing people in this ambient I started collaborations with jazz musicians taking photos for CD covers.
When I travel, my DSLR camera is always with me, although the camera and lens are very heavy I can’t renounce to bring at home some good quality images.
Also, I take photos of interiors working as freelance photographer for Airbnb

What’s your advice for people that are passionate about photography, but don’t know which path to go? How should they choose it?

A good idea should be to take photos of the things we like to do If you love to listen to music, start to take photos of your local bands, if you like to travel bring the camera with you and take photos of the people, the towns, the panorama, and so on. There are tons of subjects around us, take your time two or three times in a week to go out for some hours alone to take photos.

Be polite, kind, and smile to the people.

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  • Do you agree with my views? Let me know any experiences you have had studying or not studying at university and how that has affected your photography!
    Tracey, Lobster

  • Derek T. Rowswell

    Photography, i believe does come from within. attending a course and studying anything does expose the student to facts and field they may never ave dreamed of so, yes study. you cannot use and better what you have not experienced. so yes, study and broaden your knowledge and outlook on the subject of your choice; in this case Photography.

    • Definitely agree Derek, studying is such an important way to better yourself and broaden your knowledge. Do you believe only formal education can teach you things you have not yet experienced though?
      – Tracey