Tony Lazzeretti

Age: 28

Tell us about yourself.

I’m from the suburbs of Chicago. I’ve lived in the city for the last five years or so. At the moment I work as a video editor, but have a passion for all forms of creativity.  Whether that be writing, pictures, video etc. I am constantly seeking out a new outlet/collaboration for creative expression.

How did you start taking photos or when did you start to realise that you could manipulate them?

I started taking photos about two years ago, but didn’t really begin to manipulate my own photos until last year. Initially, I experimented with gathering photos from the internet and editing those. Eventually my friend and I started taking the photos and building the ideas up from scratch. Once we started doing that I realized I would have a hard time doing it any other way in the future. I used to work alone but have found that I really enjoy doing things in a collaborative manner. My friend Dave Cullen has played a huge part in brainstorming ideas as well as taking the photos. I’m extremely grateful for his input and superior camera abilities.

What do you like to create when making these creative images?

There really is no method to the madness. I’m just looking to brainstorm interesting visual ideas and bring them to fruition. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But every photo is a learning experience, and at this point, that is the most important thing to me.

What camera do you use?

For the most part, I use a Canon 5D Mark iii.

What would you say the main narrative behind your images are?

I’d be lying if I said there was some Marvel Universe style narrative that connects all of my images. But overall, I’d say they are inspired by the idea that anything can be turned into art when looked at a certain way. Shapes and colors connect so many things around us. For the most part, I’m just enjoying the task of recreating some of the different images/ideas that appear in my weird brain.

How would you describe your style in one word?

Eclectic

What drives you as a creative?

Originality. I absolutely believe that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But it’s hard to find things that feel truly original these days, and when that happens, those are the things that stick with me the longest.

Who do you look up to in the creative world?

On a grand scale, i guess companies like Pixar and Nintendo. I envy both of them for excelling at innovation through color, design, storytelling and originality. My heart melts for those things. But on a smaller scale, I find that the Instagram community is an amazing one to interact with and showcase your work to. It’s a really positive community, and one that helps me think creatively on days when I’m feeling uninspired.

 ‘It was less of an idea and more of a thing I put together while messing around with some elements I wasn’t sure what to do with. I love how simple it is, and I also just find it very visually appealing/convincing.’

Tuna Swimmer

Which photo in your gallery is your favourite, why is that?

On my Instagram account it’s called “Morning Dip”. It’s the one where a girl is swimming in an emptied out metal tin of sardines. It was less of an idea and more of a thing I put together while messing around with some elements I wasn’t sure what to do with. I love how simple it is, and I also just find it very visually appealing/convincing.

Any last words?

Make something cool and send it to me.

Instagram: @foiegrasboys

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