The purpose of this blog was always to try and share some of what I’ve learned, and as most of you know I have Instagram to thank for igniting my passion for photography. The daily inspiration from other photographers has been a huge factor in driving me to want to improve my own skills, and has taught me to look at the world in a new light. So, I thought what better way than to invite some of these inspiring photographers to tell us a little more about themselves and their work. Welcome to the Inspiration series.
Let me introduce you to Andrea Tamburrini, perhaps better known as @anddicted. I’ve followed Andrea for a long time now and I’m constantly blown away by his work. His use of colours, the light, the perfect perspective (seriously he knows all about getting a line straight!), the way he seems to be able to capture world’s famous landmarks with almost no one else around. I think Andrea is one of those people who has turned “iPhoneography” into an art form. Andrea’s travels with his partner Francesco @framboisejam have honestly made me add around 6 cities to my desperate to visit list.
Hi Andrea, thank you so much for being here, it’s a pleasure to see you on my blog! Firstly for anyone who doesn’t already know your beautiful work on Instagram, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi Hannah, thank you so much for having me here on your blog! I’m Andrea, and I live in Milan. I actually wasn’t born here, but I was born in Naples. My family moved to Milan when I was about 1, so I’ve always considered this my hometown. Aside from all of the new commitments that social media has brought me channels, I’m also a student at IULM, a private university that specializes in languages & communication here in Milan.
How long have you been interested in photography? Does your love of photography stem from Instagram or has it always been a passion?
I’ve always been interested in photography. I remember ever since I started traveling on my own, every time I’d come home from my trips I’d have the camera roll on my phone full of thousands of new images. But I also have to say that Instagram has definitely changed things for me, when it comes to taking pictures. I look at things from a different point of view, and I actually put a lot more effort in the photos I take: I pay a lot of attention at the light, the angle, the perspective, the symmetry etc.
What equipment do you use for your photos? As well as your beautiful compositions one thing that always strikes me about your images is how good your edits are. Could you give us a few tips on how your edit your pictures?
All of the photos that you see on my Instagram are all taken with my phone. I currently own an iPhone 6s Plus and I love it! I always think about getting a real camera one day, but having a phone that has such a great camera in my pocket makes me lazy! As for the editing, my favorite apps are definitely snapseed and Vscocam. I use the first one to adjust brightness and contrast and I especially love its selective adjust feature. Then, I always put my photos in Vscocam to adjust the tones. I think this is the perfect app to give your photos a different feel, so what I usually do is adjust temperature, exposure and saturation.
You are possibly best well known for your cityscapes and street scenes, and your food photography. What (or who) inspires you? What do you most enjoy photographing?
Living in Italy, it was always important for me to share different images than what most people were already doing in my country. I tried to distance myself from the “Italian style”, and I’ve started focusing more on food photography and city scenes, with an international eye on things. At the moment, I’m trying to distance myself a bit from homemade food photography, and I try to focus more on the coffee / food scene of the city I live in or the cities that I visit. So I’d say that what you see on my feed is what I’m mostly passionate about… discovering quaint alleys or watching a beautiful sunset always makes me happy!
Finally, what does the future hold for you? Will you be travelling more this year?
There currently is a big question mark on what the future holds for me, I’m not sure where I’m going professionally exactly, but I know that what I’m doing at the moment is what I love. And I definitely do have a lot of travels ahead of me, not much of it is planned, but we’ve narrowed down the places that we want to visit in 2016. First of all, in less than 2 weeks we’ll be in Copenhagen; a city that I visited last year and that I’m really excited to go back to! Then I plan on going back to the States, and I’d also love to visit Asia, but I guess that’ll have to wait till 2017.
A huge thanks to Andrea for sharing these insights with us. You can follow Andrea on Instagram here, and he and Francesco are on snapchat as andy.jam. Also look out for his upcoming blog which I for one am very excited to see!
What a brilliant idea for a series Hannah! And nice to meet you and your wonderful photographs Andrea, you have such a good eye for composition.
Thank you so much Julia! I love Andrea’s photos, makes me want to travel so badly! xx
Absolutely breathtaking photos! Love the interview and the idea behind the series!
Thanks so much Bryan I’m really glad you do! x
Thanks for the introduction to a lovely account. Look forward to seeing more of what inspires you x
Thanks Zoe I’m so glad you enjoyed it! xx
Please note that I’m available for an interview at any time. I know I’m one of your biggest inspirations.
Noted! I may well take you up on that 🙂
Oh, that staircase! Just a question about your side bar: with your Instagram part of the side bar, do you just update it every time you post a picture on Instagram? Or is it automatic?
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Hi Brooklyn! Yes it’s automatic and it’s done with the Instagram widget! Isn’t that staircase amazing, worth going to Chicago for!
How do you get the Instagram thing? Do you know if there’s a way with Weebly?
Oh I’m not sure I’m so sorry, I use wordpress. Perhaps try searching on the Internet for help? Good luck!
Get your people to contact my people and we’ll see if we can’t come to some sort of arrangement.
I really enjoyed reading this Hannah! I have always admired Andrea’s work. Thanks so much for sharing x x
Thanks so much for reading Alba! I agree Andrea’s work is very inspiring! xx
Love this so much Hannah – I’m such a fan of Andrea’s Instagram and photographs! Great to hear more about him! xx
Thanks a lot Jules, he’s seriously talented isn’t he! xx
What a lovely interview of such an inspiring instagrammer! Andrea’s works are masterful in every dimension.
Thanks for reading Olena! I agree! xx
I loved this post. I follow @anddicted on instagram already. The definition and light exposure used by Andrea to take and edit pictures is great indeed. Thanks for posting this, Hannah!
Thank you so much for reading! Andrea’s photography is amazing isn’t it! I still aspire to do what he can do with his iPhone camera! x