Street Photographer Paola Saetti has a selection of blurry street photographs, I sent her a few questions to learn more about her and her series.
Paola, please tell us a bit about yourself
I'm 50 years old and I studied law at Bologna University, this experience helped me increase my interest about the expression of life so often missed in regular urban walks.
Photography for me is a way to express myself, my emotions. My camera is like a mirror through which I try to reflect other people's life. I describe myself as a sort of “walking eyes”
Where in the world are you located?
I live in Ferrara a small and middle age town in Emilia Romagna in northern Italy.
My town is a small, the pace is slow and it's boring sometimes but what I love the most is the sense of solitude and quietness of this place.
I love this town during the rain or the foggy time, I love the multitude of bicycles there, everybody rides bikes everyday to move from home to work.
What inspired you to became a photographer?
I discovered photography late in my life. It happened by chance, the day that I used my cellphone to shoot an old man drinking a glass of wine, I was captured by his facial expression, he didn't see me but I could see his soul through the photograph.
Photography is a universal language and the camera captures a stolen moment of the unsuspecting protagonist. When I walk I keep my heart and my eyes ready, my camera in hand, I look at people not always to capture them in action but rather to capture an expression of their minds. So I became a passionate street photographer, H.C. Bresson, E. Erwitt, B. Gardin inspired me
What attract you most to shaky-blurry images?
The blurry images are so fascinating and even terrific sometimes. I love them because when the shutter opens for a longer time, it's like photographing the time that goes by even if it is invisible to you.
You can see the movement, the pace of people's lives. It' s curious but in a motion blur image, if you look at it carefully, there is no time, no space, no where or when.
Do you think there's a psychological meaning to them?
Not always, but yes. I think the viewer can also feel it, it's like walking within a dream. The expression of the artist is the impression of the observer.
Any tips for our readers who want similar images?
I usually put the camera on aperture mode, ISO 100 to reduce noise, F. 2.8 and that's it basically. It's important to choose an homogeneous background, with no cars because the direct light produces annoying trails.
The light trails by the cares are lovely sometimes doing a panning of the subject because even if the subject is not in perfect focus, the background becomes interesting.
What gear do you use and why?
I use Olympus OMD because it's small and I feel it's right for me for street, I use only a prime lens, the Zuiko 17mm
Thank you Paola for your images and thoughts.
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