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William Maltese

Like many of my passions also began with a gift made by my mother when I was seven, in other words, the Kodak 200 Ektra, was 1980.
Fixed focus f11 for a 22 mm lens, flipflash door with spare parts for ten bulbs and a handle that was the weapon of protection making it similar to Space 1999, which among other things since then, I dreaded acronym.

In fact, even before taking pictures with the camera of my mother, from a compact Minolta SLR that looks fake, however, is honored from a few dozen years ago, despite them falling apart. The first “model” so my mother was sharing this passion with me, then became my first friends and I very soon I changed the official photographer for birthday parties, school trips, picnics and more. Everything evolved very naturally.

If we grant to complete the statement by Henri Cartier-Bresson “.. the first 10,000 photographs are your worst” I consider myself that much more comfortable in terms of professionalism and technology, when they are constantly looking for improvements and as we know from Ansel Adams “.. there are no rules for good photos, there are only good photographs.”

The time spent with it friends, lovers and so many different situations always in front of my camera, because I do not make a move without. The development to graphic designers, always in contact with commercial and editorial photography for over fifteen years, the constant documentation and practice in the field have contributed to the closure of an imaginary circle now making me the photographer I am and the man I am.

All the people now look my photos, many of which are more established photographers, some repeat the same thing, “.. you know to find something new, something that no one could have imagined before, something that only you can find because, besides being a photographer, you’re a human being a little ‘special, able to look in depth where others would pull straight “, you may not use just exactly the words of Margaret Bourke-White, but the same sense and to me is fine.

I can therefore conclude that if this is right from my first Kodak 200, I never asked how to take photos, but why. In fact I am in a desperate battle against the idea that every moment is destined to disappear and are determined to prevent the flow of time. It is pure madness … but in this madness, I try to do my best.

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