Profile: Simon Cecere

One of Adelaide’s best-known photographers, Simon Cecere has made quite the name for himself through hard work and original approach to photography.

Working with big names such as Paolo Sebastian, Lily Nova and Jesinta Campbell, Simon is taking over the world one flash at a time.

He’s just made the move to Europe with his stylist wife Ana, where they’re excited to spend the next year of their lives both working and travelling. When asked about his travels, he replies with, “I’m excited to get… you know… Europeany; siestas, go topless on beaches, have passionate arguments with lovers, drive for a few hours and pass through 37 countries, drink cheap alcohol, smoke like I’m Kate Moss … shit like that.”

Before he made the move, we managed to capture some of his time to shoot this edition’s editorials and sit down with the man himself for a quick chat. From his love of photography to lack of sleep, Simon reveals all to CLIQUE Mag.

I first got into photography around…
Six years ago, but I developed an interest when I was around 18. I did a photography elective at uni which sparked my attention. After that, I took a camera around with me everywhere and photographed my friends and things I found interesting.

My first camera was…
A Ricoh 500G (an analogue camera) that my parents owned, and I used to play around with that when I was younger. I didn’t really know what I was doing then, but I enjoyed taking pictures. I still have that camera actually but it’s more of a souvenir now. Actually, come to think of it, I’m going start taking pictures with it again!

I love photography because…
Of many reasons, but if I had to name one, it would be the idea of capturing an essence, a mood, or an idea that speaks to us about culture and the human condition.

I get my inspiration from…
Lots of things, like cinema (I love Roy Andersson and Wim Wenders), music, fashion and art. I even get a lot of inspo just from looking at people on the street; watching how they interact. My interests are quite broad so I’m always trying to keep an open mind in whatever I do to absorb everything in.

My funniest on-set memory would have to be when…
I was in China doing a shoot with this Beijing label, and no one spoke English on set! I never knew I was so good at sign language… turned out alright though.

The person I loved working the most with is…
I can’t say, I don’t have a favourite because everyone brings something different to each shoot, and I try to embrace their own individuality. Sometimes you really click withsomeone and it just flows, and sometimes there are barriers and I have to find other ways to connect with them. But even then it teaches me something new, so it’s also a positive in a way.

Photography has let me travel to…
Melbourne, Sydney, South America, China and Italy (and France very soon!)

My go-to camera is…
Nikon, but I’ll use anything you put in front of my face – yes I admit it, I’m a camera whore.

My worked wrapped up in three words are…
Need. Some. Sleep.

I will feel accomplished with my work when…
Probably never! I think if I ever felt accomplished with my work, I would probably stop creating and producing images. So I will say never.

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