TOP OF THE CLASS
student under the spotlight
In this issue of Litebook we’ve
managed to catch up with American
student Dominic Angelo Aleandri (25)
Litebook: So, why photography?
DAA: “It became an obsession after I
enrolled for a black and white
photography class at my high school in
Pennsylvania. Sounds a bit macabre but I
started with shots taken in graveyards on
black and white 35mm film.
I see photography as a chance to come as
close as possible to stopping time - at
least for a nano-second.
LB: Which field of photography really appeals?
DAA: I love the atmosphere at fashions
shoots but I’m equally intrigued by
advertising photography. The underlying
symbolism and psychology of the
advertising genre is quite compelling - I
like the challenge of creating imagery that
persuades people to think a certain way.
LB: What about current studies/courses?
DAA: I was studying, I’ve just graduated
The chaos was not of my making and I
from the American Intercontinental couldn’t control it. Even photography is
University in London; right now I’m just very ‘random’. I much prefer working in a
100% focused on my freelance work. controlled manner with my light meter and
LB: Pick a favourite photographer?
DAA: Fashion, advertising and fine art LB: Ambitions?
photographer David Lachapelle. His DAA: I’d like to be well-known, well
surrealist, yet humorous approach always travelled and well respected. I need to
makes an impact. I also admire Angus have a feeling of accomplishment and
McBean for his surreal work. know that my images have hopefully had
at least some impact on people’s lives - if
LB: Best and worst projects to date? only briefly.
DAA: My favourite shoots have been
those completed for my personal LB: If you could have taken any photo in the
portfolio. I relish the challenge of building world, which one - and why?
a set, finding the right models and make- DAA: I would love to have taken the first
up artists - and then making the whole
ever photograph in the late 1800s. I just
thing come together.
love to be a pioneer.
My least favourite project to date was the
chaos that surrounded an event shoot.
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