Story behind the Sony World Photography shortlist – Vito Leone
Sony has recently announced the shortlisted photographers for the Sony World Photography awards, we talked to Vito Leone about this aeiral capture
What camera and settings did you use to take the shot?
I used a Fujifilm XT1 and a Fujinon 18-55mm.
How much planning was involved?
I went to that place twice and I took about ten pictures because of different weather or hour or
Did you go out with an idea of the kind of shot you wanted?
Yes, I did, I wanted something like a puzzle.
Can you tell us a little more about the image?
I took this picture on August, it was a hot morning. I was in Salento (Puglia, Italy) on the bridge of Ciolo and below me there were the sea and some bathers. It seems a theater scene. This shot portrays humanity in its varied aspects: intimate, of great loneliness and melancholy or expansive, theatrical, almost grotesque. It’s the “human comedy” that, in front of the sea, is
revealed in all its fullness and diversity. As in a large flash – made up of a mosaic – people are caught in its most personal moments. There are many small stories in this shot, we can read and look at them one by one. The effort is to give a ‘meaning’ to human presence in the landscape. This instant, condensed in a photo, becomes personal and collective memory, investigation,
What do you like about the picture?
In this picture I like the quiet of the actors, their simplicity and naturalness. None of them looks in camera.
Did you do much to it in post-processing?
No, I just droppred it.
How do you feel about being one of the shortlisted photographers?
I am proud and incredulous for this prestigious award. I thank who enjoyed my job and also Sony World Photography Awards for giving me this opportunity. It’s an incentive to continue on my photo projects.
All the shortlisted images will be shown at Somerset House, London as part of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition from 21 April – 7 May 2017.
The shortlisted photographers are now competing to win their category, the winners will be announced at a Gala Ceremony in London on 20 April 2017.
The Sony World Photography Awards rewards and recognises the world’s best contemporary photography from the last year. Attracting photographers of all abilities, the awards incorporate four competitions: Professional; Open; Youth and Student.