Luca Meneghel is an Italian photographer with a background in design. He is specialised in fashion and food photography and works both in Italy and abroad. His pictures have been published, among others, on Vogue China, Elle Decor and Marie Claire. Check out the interview below and visit his website www.lucameneghel.com.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I am melanchonic and curious, photography is a good way I found to express myself.
Whom do you look up to?
My sense of aesthetics has been influenced by many photographers, but those I admire the most are beyond doubt Tim Walker and Paolo Roversi.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
I think University had the biggest influence on my work. It was the perfect environment to meet creative people and exchange ideas. I am still working with some of them.
What made you want to become a photographer?
I don’t know what lead me to undertake this profession, it has been a natural evolution from my first passion, drawing. The first paid job I got as a photographer was taking pictures of a football team. Since I am not into sport photography, I hated it. Little by little I realised that I was not interested in doing documentation and I started gaining experience in other fields. At present I work mainly in fashion, food and advertising.
What was your favourite project and why?
I don’t have a favourite project. Generally speaking, I like projects where I can mix photography and other artistic means because doing so, I am forced to look for different solutions and go beyond simple fashion photography. I consider these projects the most captivating, regardless the outcome. In particular, I like working with an illustrator and friend of mine, Norma Nardi.
How do you define creativity?
A way to deal with a problem, unbound to logic
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
I would tell that the life of the photographer is way less appealing than it is believed to be. Nevertheless, it is worth living it.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
Probably being able to make a living while doing what I like.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
I am rather satisfied of the choices I have made throughout my carreer. If I had to give my 21 year-old self an advise, I would tell him to focus on the technique and on the history of photography.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion of photography?
Not right now, photography is still my number 1 passion.
All images © Luca Meneghel