Street photography, you know the genre that you would like to try, the one that looks easy but you can never seem to nail it, well Dominic gets it. If your into gear check out what he uses for a main camera. So for something a little different on RAW I give you a quick look into the mind of Dominic Cicere, street photographer.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a freelance photographer in my mid-30’s living in Denver, Colorado. Outside of photography, I enjoy listening to classic reggae music, touring microbreweries, and hanging out with my friends and family.
What made you get into photography?
I’ve been around photography as long as I can remember. My father had a Nikon F2 and was always snapping photos me and my siblings at family gatherings when we were young. When I was about 8 or 9, I got a Fuji 35mm point and shoot for my birthday and I became slightly obsessed with it.
How did you get started?
In high school, I started ‘borrowing’ my father’s Nikon and roaming around the town where I lived. I had no idea what I was doing – ‘What’s a light meter?’ – but it was exciting nonetheless, to be out on the streets, taking photographs. When I got to college, I took an introductory photography class – my ‘Eureka’ moment occured when my instructor brought in a book for us to have a look at. It was ‘The Americans’ by Robert Frank and it blew my mind.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I primarily do street photography but I also dabble in reportage and editorial with a fine art slant. I also work primarily in monochrome.
What gear are you using?
My main camera is a Leica M8.2 with a 28mm Leitz Elmarit lens (version III). I also use a Panasonic Lumix GF1 with the 20mm pancake, as well as a Leica M4-P with a CV 35mm/1.4 Nokton lens when I want to shoot film. I like simple, one lens setups on all my cameras – no lens changes to worry about or gear bags to drag around. I regularly shoot at night both outdoors and inside dark live music venues – the Leica M’s allow me to focus accurately in the low light and also are better for hand-holding the slower shutter speeds I like to use (routinely less than 1/15) . No SLR mirror slap to deal with.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
I wouldn’t say I have a favourite lens but more a favourite focal length: around 35mm. As a result, all of my lenses are 35-40mm full frame equivalent. It’s slightly wide but generally gives a great normal rendering of a scene. It includes just enough background to give context to a scene plus it forces you to get close to your subject which is always a good thing when it comes to street and photojournalism.
How are you marketing yourself?
Right now, I’m trying to get into as many juried gallery shows as possible to build the resume. In addtion to that, I’m active on Flickr and I’m in the process of getting my website up and running.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
This photo (the girl watching the parade) is one of my favorites because it tells a story but leaves something to the imagination. The photo of Bono is one of my recent favorites – I took it last week.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
As most others have said on here, just get out there and take photos. Learn your camera up and down – get to the point where it becomes an extension of your eye…that’s when the real fun begins.