Biniam is an Italian/Ethiopian Portrait, Travel, Editorial and Lifestyle photographer based in between Madrid and London.
Biniam’s enthusiasm, curiosity, and drive continue to bring him an unconventional range of projects. My love of the craft, manifested in his “hands-on” approach to every aspect of the photographic process, keeps my intimately involved in the creation of my imagery.
View his complete portfolio at biniamghezai.com.
1. Did you always want to be a photographer? Tell us more about your early days with photography.
Yes. My teacher give me Full Metal Jacket movie to watch when I was 13 years old and the two photographer in the movie stuck with me since then.
2. Where do you draw inspiration from? Who has been the greatest support in your journey as a photographer?
I get inspiration from my surroundings. I got my greatest support from my mentor during studying photography in the UK.
3. In a lot of places, you have used two images to form a single one. What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
I want the viewer to read the story by utilizing only two images.
4. You specialize in portrait, travel, editorial and lifestyle photography. Which genre do you enjoy the most and why?
The most I enjoy is travel and portrait photography. I love travel since I was 7 years old. To specialize in travel photography you must know how to photograph not only travel but food, portraiture, lifestyle, architecture, interiorism.
5. What do you think are some clichés in photography you steer away from yourself?
Been different is the key. Once you found the visual language that fit your vision, producing images is easier and you don’t need to rely on clichés, stealing photographers style or lighting technique.
6. What is the one advice you’d want to give to the ups and comers
Practicing all the time and do personal projects, very important. Despite the pessimism expressed by many professionals, there remains legions of determined souls who see opportunities in change. They are evidence that true passion doesn’t wither in the face of new technologies and shifting market realities — it adapts.
Many professional photographers have spotted this opening and are retooling themselves to shoot and edit video. Most already have the natural visual sensitivities needed to create video, so all that remains is to relabel themselves as “visual artists” capable of producing work using stills and video or a combination of the two in a multimedia format.
7. Lastly, tell us one thing which you absolutely love about Pixpa.
You have no idea how much money and time I’ve wasted trying to get a decent site. I realized right away that this is the site I’d been trying to get by throwing money away to super expensive web designers.