Hi there, EyeGoBananas! This is Nico, nice to have you here attending our interview in person in this crazy hotel in Miami – lol, just kidding. As far as I remember I think this is the first time a collective interviews another collective. So, here is my question for you. How many bananas do you eat every day? Ok I’ll stop being stupid now, here it comes. Where does the name Eyegobananas come from?
Hi Superluna, thanks for having us as your guests!
We are EyeGoBananas, a (street) photography collective based in Italy. We were born in 2015, after a six months period of thinking and thinking and thinking... mostly because of the name of the group! We finally came up with a name, EyeGoBananas, and it was love at first sight. It comes from the american slang "to go bananas", which means kind of to go crazy in a good and creative way... well we found it perfectly coherent with who we are, 5 crazy guys with a common passion, Photography. As you might have noticed while reading these few lines, we are not mentioning the term "street" too much, this is because we now believe, after an evolution and common growth, that we must pursue good photography in general, we do not care if it fits or not in the general definiton of what street photography is. If the image is good is all it matters, indeed, otherwise the bin is always close to throw it away and try again.
Thanks guys for this! This is Max, I imagine that being part of a great collective like yours is motivating you to take pictures, also bringing you to constantly improve your styles, techniques and vision. What does it mean to you “to be part of a collective”? Do you support each other with critics and open discussions? Are you every day chit chatting on the balcony, sharing banana gossips on the girl next door…? Ops, last one was not for you.
Being part of EyeGoBananas means not simply being part of a collective, but being part of a family made of real life friends. We chat every day. We throw shit between us, we criticize a lot the pics we propose, but no one get hurt. Our main point is the personal and collective growth - like a gym for our eyes and brains. But yes, we must admit that most of all we talk about Emily Ratajkowsky.
Wow, didn’t know Emily Rotajkowsky, thanks for that. Hey this is Daniele, here is my question for you. Living in a world dominated by visuals and social networks – and how really social are they…? – photography got a huge boost in terms of numbers, but what about quality? It is now easier than ever to take a shot, upload it on the internet and mash it to the world; on the other hands, how pertinent is it today to discern between a very good picture and a bland one, a good photographer and a poor one? Sorry guys more than one question at the same time.
Of course we live in a "visual" era. Images are everywhere and they can be created by anyone. Sharing is easier than ever, but yes, you are asking a good point. It's not hard to have a look around and find "bad" photographers that got a big audience. If you need to sell something, today you can. We live in the "like" market. But will your pictures be appreciated outside your little kingdom? Again, is it better to be appreciated from one or two people you really like, or from thousands of people you don't care about?
Hi guys this is Melissa, thanks for being here (virtually) with us. This is actually a good point. Would you all remain engaged in photography, gathered under a collective roof, if the world was without internet and socialmedia? And if tomorrow becomes “the day the whole internet went away” (quote NIN), would you all keep pursuing your photography addiction, knowing your images would not be easily accessible anymore?
In a world without internet we can guess that yes, we would be all engaged in photography, but probably we would have not know each other since we live in different cities. And in a world AFTER internet we can guess again that yes, we would still be shooting. Remember, photography it's just a personal path.
So let’s talk about the day after “the day the whole internet went away”, but “with internet available”; ok, too complicated. Let’s talk about your current and future activities, in today’s world: Are you planning any projects together, or is every member usually free to do the f*$k he wants? It’s Artyt by the way, hi! Sorry should have said this before :)
After the first sentence of your question we got a bad headache! In EyeGoBananas we are free to do the f**k we want, in the way we want. Everyone of us is trying to work on projects, both personal and collective ones.
Hi guys, this is Roy and this is my question for you: Collectives are growing like bananas on a tree and they are also increasing in size – not THAT size. Do you think your collective will expand as well, including international members? Or will you terminate the collective “the day Albani joins Magnum”?
First of all, Albani already refused Magnum. They pay not enough money to mantain his little yacht. Talking about collectives, we are happy to see this growth. We particularly like some of them, even recent ones. As said before, being part of EyeGoBananas doesn't mean just being a name on a list. First of all we must like you as a person. Then we must trust you. And then -the worst part- Albani must like your pictures. For now we are very happy of being five, and we are not currently planning to add anyone...but, who knows!
Finally would you like to give any advice to newbie photographers? We do not accept boring answers such as “be yourself”, “shoot with your own style”, “your gear is your eye”. Newbies needs seeds, not flowers!
Mmm maybe the best thing we can say is "get drunk and go out to shoot some shit". We don't think that we can give any advice. Photography is such a personal thing... Just try to find what obsesses you, and try to show your vision.