ItalianBrother – ‘My Photographic Journey’

Don’t miss ItalianBrother (Dilshad Corleone’s) latest column article with us, Dilshad takes us on a wonderful trip down memory lane and reminds us all how important it is to never stop shooting. Over to you Dilshad…(foreword by Joanne Carter).


Passport – check. Air-tickets – check. Personal will (well you never know) – check. Camera – not interested. “What!? Are you going mad? You are going to one of the most panoramic and atmospheric place in the world, a trip of a lifetime and no bloody camera?” That was the reaction of one of my friend when he heard that I was not taking a camera for my journey on the trail of Marco Polo along the Silk Route. That was a while ago, almost 15 years ago, I was still a teenager, and as most teenagers are, naively arrogant, or some might also say cocky, I believed that great journeys where personal and so all the images should be too. I just wanted to capture all those images and keep it locked in my memories, no need for cameras and photos. Only now I understand how wrong I was back then. Actually, I realized that as soon as my journey had started.

I remember ending up buying a few cheap Kodak disposable cameras with preloaded film inside and started snapping away to my hearts content. When I came back from that amazing journey I developed all those films, only to find out that a few photos had survived, which ended in a shoebox and forgotten inside a chest.



© Dilshad Corleone – ‘The Miner Kids’


Only a few days back, walking down memory lane, I opened that chest and went through the photos taken in the mountains of a god-forgotten place and I realized what an incredible chance I had, but back then I was not interested.

Four years had past from that journey, now in university I was getting ready for my year abroad to Italy, but still I wasn’t that keen on photography, the only major change was that I had bought my first mobile phone with a camera, what a great invention! I, actually, looked forward using my mobile camera, and I still remember the faces of my new Italian friends when they saw me with that little technological miracle!


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘The Friends’


That year passed as quickly as it had arrived, but this time I was coming back home with thousands of low-pixelated digital memories of all the good time I had there. To be absolutely earnest these were a lot of quantity and very little quality, albeit great memories.


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘The Footballer’


With the year abroad coming to an end, my overzealous photographic year had ended too, but the seeds where planted, or so I thought. Returning back home, back to the ordinary lifestyle, however, had had quite a detrimental effect, I had stopped taking photos and I wasn’t inspired, I missed my fun days and London’s grayness wasn’t motivating me at all, time passed and things didn’t really changed.

Many mobile phones later, my heart had fallen for the iPhone and things started to change again for me, not exactly with the first one I bought, the 3gs, but with the 4s in my hands I knew that I had to start snapping again.


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘Il Brucaliffo’ – (also my first IG post)


Yes I was snapping again, not that much as during my year abroad, but it was a start. I, however, felt something was missing, I was in search to better myself, I did not want to buy a camera and I really wanted to make the most of my iPhone. One day, I still remember it, I stumbled by mistake onto the BBC’s website and on an article where they where publicizing an iPhone photography course, I couldn’t believe it and signed up straight away. My photographic journey was going to start!

It is there, at the course where I met Richard Gray, he, I am sure, thought I was crazy (and to be honest I think he still does think that), it was him that opened up a new world of fascinating adventures, some might call it homework, but for me these were incredible quests that I had to take up and win.


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘Pinching Saint Pauls’


“Go and snap five buildings”, or “it’s street candid photos that you have to take this time”, or again “it is all about portraits, go and enjoy”, he would say at the end of the class and give us our homework for the week coming. I would feel thrilled and yet worried. I was challenged, and I really looked forward to the next session.


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘Ballerina’


As everything in life, even my Iphoneography course came to an end, 5 weeks had flew by, I still miss those days, I truly miss Richard’s teaching and him giving us all that, so dared, homework. It is because of him that I managed to change so much, and so many things have happened since then!


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘A Breath Of Fresh Air’


I was truly afraid that with the end of the course I would also stop going out to snap, but my desire has never ceased, and with the summer around the corner I really looked forward to go back to Italy and snap all my friends again, but this time using the new skills in the bag.


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘The Torero’


My friends were all the same, nobody had changed, but I looked them in a different way, I could see more and now instead of just snapping and snapping I was taking my time, I would search for the right angle or for something more special, something that I felt it was right to capture.


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘The Young and the Old’


By this point I knew that I would not stop, photography was embedded in me! And I loved it! But what I really love about the whole experience is the many interactions and conversations that I have had with all the people that I have met in these months and learning from them about their experiences, so I ask you what has your photographic journey been? What is it that you truly love about photography? How do you develop, what is it that you look for? When did you start? Do you remember about your first camera or mobile device? And what was your first photo you ever took? What was your main turning point? I truly would love to hear about your experience so please do let me know … ;)”


© Dilshad Corleone – ‘The Smile’


About Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Photography. Joanne is also a Columnist for Vogue Magazine and is Contributing Editor to LensCulture.