Lino Russo studied Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples and works in the field of branding, photography, illustration and experimental video. His photographic series skymetric, a compound word of „sky“ and „geometric“ documents the architectural sites, structures and pavilions presented at the Expo held in Milan in 2015. Focusing on the decontextualization of places and spaces, Russo invites the viewer to supplement the absent with one’s own imagination. Captured from an upward perspective, each building with its saturated colors forms a heavy contrast to the sky, achieving geometric shots in a minimalist context, where simplicity and cleanliness reign supreme. For more check out the interview below and visit his profile on behance: www.behance.net/linorusso. Also see Nick Frank and Florian Müller for similar works.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Whom do you look up to?
I esteem the work of Edward Hopper, Vasilij Kandinskij, Mark Rothko, Franco Fontana, Romain Trystram, Sagmeister & Walsh, Gregory Crewdson,
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
Certainly the Bēhance platform. It has contributed in a significant way to spread my
How did your photographic career start?
Firstly, I don’t consider myself as a photographer, I studied (and I study again…) to become a graphic designer. I used my first camera rather late, about 2 years ago, for an examination of Photography in my University. The project I showed was the first series of Skymetric realized with a camera lent by my friend. I am always affected with geometry and colour and the compositions they have in space. Out of my inspiration for artists like Franco Fontana and Matthias Heiderich, I created skymetric in which I give importance to the sky. After the exam I thought to put this project on my Bēhance profile and so I continued to research the compositions of buildings.
What was your favorite project and why?
I’m very fond of the Skymetric series because it helped me become more successful.
How do you define creativity?
Creativity is to destroy to reconstruct. Creative thinking is always constituted by past experiences; during the process of conception, these are destroyed, put back together and reworked to produce a new concept.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
I think the only way is to work everyday!
What`s your personal motto?
Never waste your time!
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
I like challenges. The mere fact that I was able to become a photographer had been a challenge, I never thought of doing it two years ago!
Today I continuously try to find new perspectives achieved by the power of geometry and colour.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
I just recently discovered photography. I can’t give it up!