This is the second of ten interviews that Laura has completed with photographers involved with the incredible 24HourProject, please see her introduction article here. We have put each interview into a separate article so that it’s easier for you to navigate, they can all be found under Laura’s Column StreetVIEW here.
This one is with Fabs Grassi…
’12:36 am in #saopaulo “untitled” – © Fabs Grassi
What is your name, both real and Instagram ?
Fabs Grassi and @fabsgrassi
Was this the first time you participated in this exciting 24 hour project, or have you taken part in previous years as well?
I’ve been in the project since its real beginning. I am friend of Sam long ago and I’ve been around since when the idea was getting shaped
What city where you able to document?
São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
What inspired you, or drove you to take part in this project, i mean walking around 24 hours is not for the faint hearted!
The passion for street photography and the challenge of really finding at least a decent picture inside each hour haha. If I succeeded? I don’t think so, but keep trying is always nice 🙂
Did you plan where to go or did you have an idea what you wanted to document, or did you just let fate decide as you wandered through the streets?
Both, haha. I had an idea of where to start, but I was really depending how the weather would be. My photography needs sun light, strong sun light a lot; I work with shadows and layers, so that would shape the kind of images and places I would go. Since it was cloudy all day long, I needed to rethink what to do.
10:45 am in #saopaulo “untitled” – © Fabs Grassi
What was the biggest challenge you faced during the 24 hours?
Finding pictures that I really wanted to do. I know we can produce a decent image, we know how a decent image shall look, but, finding a image that really belongs to our wishes is a big challenge anytime, imagine it each hour of a day hahah
Do you feel like the time pressure was beneficial to your creativity, or did it just make you nervous and diminish the quality of your images slightly?
I was ready to have some hours without a picture; if that would happen, I would keep going until the end. Glad it didn’t. So, yes, there was pressure, but I was ready to deal with the possibility of don’t have any decent or any picture that represented my work.
Did you develop a work flow for every hour in order to manage uploading your next image in time?
No; if I had a picture and battery enough I would upload. After all, I ended up uploading some later, because I couldn’t edit it as I wanted or because I didn’t want to spend battery doing it.
Be honest, did you by any chance cheat a little by processing a few pictures in advance in order to rest a bit?
No, I didn’t.
03:49 am in #saopaulo – “untitled” – © Fabs Grassi
Did you follow the IG feed of other excellent photographers taking part in the competition? You know, to check on your “competition”!
I checked just to see and encourage my pals all over the world. For me it’s not a competition, well, I mean, maybe doing the 24 hours straight is somehow haha.
What was your secret to staying up so long? Energy drinks? Coffees? Pure determination? Fruit smoothies perhaps?