Small Talk with Leonardo Battaglini

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I love the naturalness of the people … I’m looking for girls that have something special… a detail… or something else. I ask.. I talk with them… and if my work is loved, we work. I don’t like typical “cool girl”, I’m looking beyond…

Hello Leonardo, when did you start taking pictures ?
I bought my first reflex few years ago… and as lot of people I started to photograph every thing. Lot of horrible photos!

When did you started to love portrait & fashion photography ? What do you love about it ?
Only 2 years ago something turn ON in my mind and I started to take photography more seriously… Precisely, I began to shoot girls 1 year 1/2… it started as a game and now it is starting to become something more… More or less I’m taking one shooting a week.
For me, It is a way of starting a sort of relationship… when I start a work I’m constantly looking for confidential time… I talk a lot with “my models”, I want everyone to be safe with me… and herself.
When a girl is ok, all become more simple and beautiful… what I like is smile… but natural smile, not false.

How would you describe yourself?
I’m a shy and private person… I like to stay with myself lot of time… but I love to stay with friends every time I can.

How do you select your models ?
I prefer work with no professional models, because they tend to be fake. I love the naturalness of the people … I’m looking for girls that have something special… a detail… or something else. I ask.. I talk with them… and if my work is loved, we work. I don’t like typical “cool girl”, I’m looking beyond…

What’s the first piece of art you owed ?
I think a wood toy… a car that my parents gave to me when I was very young.

What do you want to capture in your images?
Positive emotions. I don’t like all those photos with serious models…. I like smiling girls!

Your most happy moment in life ?
I have a very beautiful memory, when I was young; 2 or 3 years… with my grandfather. Every Sunday morning he took me to see the trains at the station. I don’t know why… but I like this memory.

Wine or beer ?
Beer! …but I like wine also.

Something you’re still learning?
To live, everyday! I’m still a young boy inside.

Thank you!

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