Every month we will interview the boldest craftsmen who are living the Pig & Hen lifestyle. This month, we have interviewed…
MILAN GINO - PHOTOGRAPHER
When / How did your passion for photography start? At what moment did you know you were meant to become a professional photographer. Your first big job, for which company was it and how did you feel?
Well, I started playing with camera’s when I was a kid, around 10 years old, learned shooting old school stuff how to develop your own photo’s in a doca when I was 12 something.
I was super fascinated by the fact that you can create stuff that is even more beautiful when you just play with techniques and discover how it works. Trying to shoot with a slow shutter of with a lack of light – cool things when you know nothing about technique. And then of course, I had to learn myself stuff to become better, and not to waste my time in the doca on failed files. When the time changed from analog to digital, i learned myself more about all the facts of photography. Yet, my first paid job was years later, when I turned 18 – shooting family portraits in black and white, digital and analog for friends of the family.
Also, when my girl started blogging for fun (this was 10 years ago, no businessplan or something, no instagram or money related goals nothing,) I started shooting photos of her, she became my muse. After two years, we did several big campaigns together for example Escada, Esprit and Diesel. She as a model, me as the photographer. I combined it with my jobs as designer and creative at several agencies. Later on (I was twenty-something and in the meantime I was freelance and hated the fact that I was always busy behind my computer). I wrote the editor in chief of JFK to tell him that I booked a ticket to milano during fashion week, and to ask him if he perhaps need some nice street style shots. I showed some of my professional and freestyle work and he reacted really enthusiastic. 6 weeks later I had my first 3 spreads in the JFK.