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My name is Gennaro Bassolino I am a photographer from Florida but have been living in Asia for the past 10 years before COVID 19 forced me to return. I was living in Malaysia when I picked up a used Fujifilm X100s and that was when I really started shooting everything I could. It is one of those cameras that begs to be picked up. Its manual dials trained me in the basics of photography moving me away from automatic settings and into really taking control of all the variables.
The reason my wife and I had been living abroad for so long is we do volunteer work, so naturally, it’s the people that I am really drawn to, and I think that’s the biggest influence on my photos. My two main influences for my street photography is Steve McCurry as he also loves to photograph the human condition, but also Shane Taylor, whom I appreciate in that he always presents those he photographs in a way that if they saw their photo, I think they would appreciate the photograph. That is what I strive to do, take candid shots of people who would enjoy seeing that photo of themselves if they came across my work.
I have been shooting now for about four years, and as my photography is people-focused, I have continually elongated the focal length with which I shoot. First I added a teleconverter to my X100s that made it into a 35mm or 50mm equivalent on a crop sensor. I wanted more control, so I then jumped into the interchangeable lens domain by getting a second hand Fujifilm X-t20 with a 7Artisans 55mm f1.2 lens. I really love the size and feel of that lens, and also manual focusing with the Fuji focus peaking system, but the lens has horrible chromatic aberration, so most of my series that I will share with you was shot on a Rokinon 50mm f1.2 and a Rokinon 85mm f1.4.