Interview | Romeo | Street Photographer

Romeo, you're a Street Photographer based in London, can you tell us a little more about you?

To paraphrase Sting, ‘…I’m an alien,  I'm a legal alien, I’m an “Italian” in London’.


Looking at your website and your branding/logo as well as the lack of info about you, would you say you are trying to be mysterious, some kind of Banksy of photography?

I think it is not important to know who I am, what I look like, if I wear my hair like Elvis or if I come from a long course of study, if I have  a career or if I belong to a wealthy family etc. When I photograph I'm no longer myself, I'm all the people I meet, I live their lives or the lives that their presence projects in my mind, even if it's only for a fraction of a second. If it were not so I would not do it, I would not have any reason.


What kind of photographer are you? Right in people's faces or more the invisible kind?

I'd like to be the invisible man, and not just in photography.


You seem to mostly photograph in colour. Any reason, any preference?

I photograph reality and reality is in colour. If I photographed dreams it would be different.


What does photography mean to you?

Thanks to photography I can give in to my irrational side that, like a pet, when it comes out of the city, is finally free to run in the grasslands. I see photography as an adventure to discover unknown worlds. Journey, waiting, sometimes boredom and then the action and adrenaline and surprise, all this for a click, just the time to trigger it and everything is already gone and you start again.


Do you mind when/if people say some of your work looks a bit like someone else's?

No I don't mind. We all take some influence from people whose work inspires us, even if it is only subconsciously.


Are you looking to focus only on London or are you just happy wherever?

I'm happy to take pictures everywhere. London is the place where I live and so spend the majority of my time and this gives me the chance to return repeatedly to certain places and get deeper into the heart of the city.


How do you learn photography? Do you just go out there and shoot, do you look at photography books, do you read blogs?

Photo books, blogs, films and exhibitions (one of the most interesting I visited recently was Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr). Tony Ray-Jones is probably one of the photographers who most influenced my approach to photography.  However, the way I prefer is to take the camera, go outside, stop thinking and start shooting.


Finally, what would be the one piece of advice you wish someone told you when you started?

Take the photographs you want to take...learn to improve your technique always and follow your instinct in which is your art. 

However, it really happened, when I started It was the advice I received from my wife who is a photographer herself.


Thanks very much Romeo!

For more of Romeo's photos, have a look at his website!

All photos © Romeo