Inside the Camera Bag of Alex Righetti

The essential tools for my work is of course photography gear with an emergency cleaning kit. Although arguable, in my case the lens choice strictly depends on which session, or travel, I have planned.

Alex was born in Italy in 1989. A positive and energetic guy who started his personal enrichment travelling and living in different places and living with locals. 

The people met along his Life are still kept inside like a treasure. Every feeling, every emotion he felt, is still alive. The sensitiveness for the small gesture and the simplicity played a key role in the formation of this project idea. He could be defined as a nomad photographer, for this reason, his shots are not converged only in street style but also portraits or daily life. The presence of so many subjects to whom interact and interplay is amaz- ing. Every shots talks not just about the pictures itself but lets the reader find out the approach needed to obtain it. Starting a conversation with strangers is always intriguing; the conversation before the shot is the way how you let the subject feels at ease with you, seeing the reaction, noticing the sights or feelings; often, they talk about themselves and the final frame will be remembered as part of the subject history and not as only one shot caught randomly.

Me

What’s in your camera bag?

The essential tools for my work is of course photography gear with an emergency cleaning kit. Although arguable, in my case the lens choice strictly depends on which session, or travel, I have planned.

Street sessions: I am used to bring an ultra-wide zoom 10-24mm, which I love for environmental portraits, and two prime lens (35 and 50mm). This choice comes from two reasons, the capability to travel light with small gear, and have wide prime lens with me, always useful in case of dim light situations or to blur the background easily. Moreover, the presence of a model release is a MUST in every street session.

Landscape sessions: always my beloved ultra-wide zoom, a super tele lens (70-200mm), wide 14mm 2.8 for astrophotography, and all the filters kit, essential in this kind of photos. Vital importance is the tripod in this way, which makes life much easier in most of the times with insured results!

Visiting remote villages or undertake a Landscape photography, in my case, implicates to spend a night or entire days away.

For this reason, other tools must be taken into account for the trip such as supplementary batteries, tent, sleeping bag, water (as much as I can), food, torch, travel diary, useful to take notes about places, times, right seasons/conditions and also numbers or addresses of people (concern the street photo sessions).

What’s the most surprising thing you carry?

That is an interesting question. There is a key-ring given to me by an important person. It reports part of Irish blessing, which is written on the back. The purpose was to let me find luck during my trips. It says: “May the road rise up to meet you…”.
Actually, I would say that it really brought me lots of luck.

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

Exception for my camera and lenses? My “travel diary”. It comes with me in every trip or session. It is not anymore just like a “logbook”, but it has become something where record all the feelings felt in important moments, the waiting for a sunset, the emotions perceived during a conversation with a strangers (subject for my pictures) or important event that I just want to remember in my Life.

What are some of the details that you find essential for your style of bags?

It must be discrete, wide, with an easy access to every compartments and comfortable, especially for what concern the photography backpack where I emphasize its importance to be, at least, water resistant. This avoid your gear get wet (bad experience once, with a cheap backpack in a tropical forest under the rain, completely soaked with camera and lenses inside. I would not risk if your trip includes areas with high rate of humidity or rain)

What are the important things for protecting your camera gear?

Bag’s padding is the first protection against bumps, in my case even for clumsy movements; unfortunately yeah… I am not always so gentle. However, depending on the type of trip that I intend to undertake, the capability of the fabric to be water resistant is another important feature to consider.

Can you give me the essential carry kit when traveling the globe (bags, accessories etc.)?

F-Stop backpack without any doubt. Camera with an ultra-wide lens, one (or two) primes and one super-tele zoom, cleaning kit, sleeping bag, rain jacket, tent, torch, logbook and computer.

 

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