Fabio Gräni – For The Love

Introducing Swiss based photographer Fabio Gräni, the 10th winner of our competition, ‘For the Love’  in collaboration with Kodak Alaris.

After countless entries we had to give it to Gräni for this striking shot. A great example of street photography, Gräni has managed to perfectly catch a moment, not only in time but also light. Multiple components form to create intricacies within this photograph that make it not only intriguing but also abstract. Thanks to bright light and high aperture Gräni has highlighted just enough to reveal this great character, but kept enough of him hidden to keep the eye engaged. We particularly love how his bag, hat & cigarette pop whilst his face remains distant.

We caught up with Fabio and speak to him about how his winning photo came about, how he got into photography and why he decides to shoot film…

 

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Could we start off with finding out bit more about you and how you got into photography?

Fabio Gräni

I remember when my grandpa took pictures of us kids with his old Minolta SLR - He did it always and I will never forget his smile taking pictures. After he passed away I got his camera and started off. This was the beginning - I’m now in my grandpa’s shoes.

© Fabio Gräni

Your winning photo; the shadow and light in it is amazing, how did you set this shot up?

Fabio Gräni

I took this picture in Luzern, Switzerland. It’s my home town and therefore I know almost all the sneaky places to take a chance at a decent photo. I am always looking for lovely light and shadows. Once I found a good spot, I write it down in my little notebook. This particular place is one of my favorites. It’s actually at a crowded street where lots of tourists and interesting people are walking by. I stepped into a corner and waited for the fish to bite. Here he was, this old fashioned good-looking guy. The light falls perfectly on his skin. Klick. Picture taken. Happiness.

How would you describe your work?

Fabio Gräni

This is a very good question. I actually never really thought about this before. I would say it’s good old fashioned black and white work with a pinch of fun. I like people and their everyday life. For me it’s all about the beauty of the normal. There are so many funny people, they just don’t realize ? I guess I just try to capture this.

© Fabio Gräni

What is it about shooting on film that makes you want to use it over digital?

Fabio Gräni

Shooting film is a craft. It’s way more than just taking pictures. And I love these old cameras – Oh dear, I love them!

If you could pass on your most valued lesson you’ve learnt what would that be? 

Fabio Gräni

Smile - And they will smile back at you.

© Fabio Gräni

You live in Switzerland, how easy is it to source film and where do you go to get your film developed?

Fabio Gräni

I buy most of my film stock online. There is only one Store I know, Ars-Imago in Zurich. It’s a film Wonderland, they have everything you need. Otherwise I find expired film in thrift stores sometimes. There isn’t much film left here in Switzerland, I am always looking for some. But that’s also the beauty of it. Regarding development – I do it by myself.

The last few years film photography has really grown tremendously in interest. What do you think of the current state of photography and what is it like in Switzerland for you, do you find there is a growing interest there too?

Fabio Gräni

I really appreciate how the film community is growing worldwide - but unfortunately not so much in Switzerland. Our community is still small and quiet. Maybe because we’re Swiss ? There is no meetup like Beers and Cameras or YouTube Channels like Matt Day’s and others. I would love to see that here as well!

© Fabio Gräni

What’s the future, do you have any up and coming projects?

Fabio Gräni

I recently got a Yashica MAT 124 from my Dad – he’s a police officer. It’s actually the camera they used to take pictures of car accidents in older times. My plan is to get into 120 Film and take environmental portraits of well known people from my home town. I guess I will call it “Originals”. I am very excited about this project, because I am not very used to portrait work. Oh well – I will manage it ?

What’s your favourite film and why?

Fabio Gräni

Trix 400. It’s artsy, its photojournalistic, it’s grainy - it’s just beautiful.

Thank you for doing this interview with us! Is there anything else you’d like to say to the readers of Film’s not Dead?

Fabio Gräni

Come to Switzerland, it’s beautiful?!

© Fabio Gräni

Updated:February 10, 2018

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