Mario Sorrenti
[Photographer, b. 1971, Naples, Italy, lives in New York.]

 Now I love the act of creating a new image. When everything comes together, it feels like ecstasy. It’s like a climax. 
 You should be constantly asking yourself: What do I want to say next? What do I believe in? Who am I? What is my image? To be a successful photographer, you have to have a unique point of view otherwise you’ll get lost in the mix. 
 …you don’t need to be technically great, because if you have a strong philosophy people will be moved by your pictures regardless. 
 I got into photography because of the immediacy of the medium. I used to sit in front of a canvas for weeks trying to create something. Now I can see the image right away. 
 I’ve had moments where I’ve felt like I was on another planet because I saw something beautiful. To me, taking pictures is being alive.