“I have forever been fascinated by cinema and its colors. I lived in Rio across from the Copacabana beach, the light would pour in through my bedroom window and I could hear the sound of the waves during the night. Early mornings, I would go for a run before the city awoke.” Roberto Badin Photography
Roberto Badin is a contemporary fashion and still-life photographer from Brazil. Nowadays he’s based between Paris and Rio de Janeiro. He’s an autodidact when it comes to photography. For Roberto Badin photography is “on of the best ways to express myself”.
Artist statement: As a fashion photographer from the beginning of his career, he found in studio based still-life photography, a dimension in his technique that inspired him to a meticulously construct each stage of an image. He has shot for various worldwide campaigns, his advertising clients include YSL, Prada, Adidas, Chloé, Chivas, Hennessy and Dior. His work has appeared in Citizen K, New York Times Magazine, Details, Vogue Brasil, Madame Figaro, L’Officiel, among others.
Badin’s work has an uncommonly clean graphic quality, sophisticated, plenty of emotions and full of ideas.
He has always said that the most important part of ‘still-life’ is the ‘life’ rather than the ‘still’ part.
Roberto Badin, why did you become a photographer?
I have been captivated by images since I was 14 years old. My parents gave me a camera with which I took photographs of anything and everything. Later, I moved to Europe where I started to work as a fashion & still-life photographer.
I have forever been fascinated by cinema and its colors. I lived in Rio across from the Copacabana beach, the light would pour in through my bedroom window and I could hear the sound of the waves during the night. Early mornings, I would go for a run before the city awoke. This unique visual atmosphere greatly influenced my passion for images and photography in particular.
And what does photography mean to you?
One of the best ways to express myself.
How would you describe your photographic language and creative process?
“I leave an important part of the creative process to a ‘local inspiration’, things that happen during the shooting.”
I believe we can find inspiration in everything. I try to catch an emotion in each stage of my work, my images are meticulously prepared, I make sketches and storyboards for almost every project, but once on the set, I leave an important part of the creative process to a “local inspiration”, things that happen during the shooting.
That’s why I say that the most important part of “still-life” is the “life” part rather the “still” part.
How do you plan and execute a project? Both technically and conceptually?
Everything starts with an idea, this is the most important thing. Then, I choose the place, the camera and the lights that can help me to express the best esthetic way to show it.
Which photographer has inspired you most?
My inspirations come from many different fields, not just photographers, but also architects, painters, filmmakers, etc.
It changes with the time and it has a directly relationship with my projects at the specific moment I am.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
The best slogan I know that can be applied to practically anything one wants to achieve in life is: “Just do it!”
Roberto Badin, what kind of camera and equipment do you use?
It depends on the project. It can be a Canon 5D Mark II, Phase One with digital back P65, Sinar P, digital or films, etc.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
There are so many. Once I’m on the net, I like to lose myself from one site to another.
What book about photography would you recommend?
It’s called “Lewis Baltz Texts”. Interesting words about the relationship with new technology.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to get started with photography?
Don’t think too much, just make it ! Go out or make it at home, doesn’t matter, the important thing is to start and make all images we have on mind.
Try to learn every day and from every project. Even when the final result is not what you expect, you will always find something interesting from what you have done.
More information about fashion and still-life photographer Roberto Badin
Official homepage from “Roberto Badin Photography”: www.robertobadin.com