Date of Birth: 25th April, 1985
Location: Victoria, Gozo
Star Sign: Taurus
Main occupation: Photographer / Graphic designer
Reno Rapa has been associated with photography since 2001. However, life evolves and that’s what his work has done from time to time. He’s always had a keen eye for detail, and he became increasingly intrigued by digital photography. Reno realised he could take his photography to the next level.
His passion for photography and his enjoyment in working with different people make for the best combination. Getting to know people he would never have come across and sharing special moments in their lives is amazing. “I feel so privileged to be part of it. I simply enjoy capturing other people being ‘themselves’ in front of the camera. Knowing that I’m giving a priceless service to couples that will look back on their photos, and remember the feelings they felt on that special day is so gratifying.”
Gaining experience in different fields is essential for him. His projects have been widely shown locally and internationally, as well as featured in numerous publications. His latest involvements include Strada Stretta, What’s For Dinner with Manuel, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and Id-Djarju l-Iswed.
If any of my readers were interested in getting into photography, what would you recommend they’d start with?
Becoming a creative, inspired photographer is about letting go of the technical aspects and exploring the creative side of the profession. While it helps to have mastered the technical aspects first, it isn’t completely necessary. Looking at the world in a unique way, figure out how to see and capture life through your lens, and notice what you’re passionate about – those aspects are what influence the creative decisions behind your best photos.
What is it that really inspires your photography?
Taking photographs that capture the spirit rather than the outward appearance of things. Every shot is an opportunity to learn. Colour, distance, lighting, mood and movement are just a few elements that require good technique, and good technique is often developed with experience.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I’d like to think of myself as a careful blend of the two extremes. Like the photojournalist during weddings, I find myself thriving in the unplanned, creative territories. I love candidly capturing the laughter and fun of getting ready, and snapping away at all the little details a couple would ordinarily miss out on during the course of a day. Where I differ from the pure photojournalist is that I do like to set up some shots, and I do believe in family and couple portraiture.
Like the portraiture photographer, I gravitate towards fun posing and playing pretend in front of the camera. My big difference here is that I throw away the shot sheet and embrace creativity. I often try to approach every day as a blank canvas, hoping not to repeat previous work.
So what is my style? I’d like to think of it a genre-breaking expression of free-flow photographic art. Does this sound too contrived? It might be, but it’s the best way I can describe my approach. There’s a growing movement in the photographic world of redefining the genres of what photography is, and I’m a huge fan of progressive thinking photography. I like to have fun and come up with ideas with couples who laugh a lot. I’ve been heavily privileged to photograph some great couples.
Do other people’s moods affect you?
Not really. I believe the only person that should have power over how you feel is yourself.
Do you find it unpleasant to have a lot going on at once?
I consider myself to be a very busy person and always on the go. I think that if you don’t embrace a workload, others might think that your goal doesn’t mean that much to you or it’s not particularly difficult to achieve. Either way, you won’t be remarkably successful. Achieving a goal, no matter how huge, is never the finish line for me. In turn it creates a launching pad for achieving another huge goal.
What do you normally like doing when on holiday?
Taking photos, obviously! I love capturing images of different landscapes, people from different countries and various traditions. When planning my holidays, I usually try to look for adventures that are bespoke, unique, inspiring and rich with opportunity to learn and explore – cultural journeys, gourmet experiences and landscape explorations.