Spend 5: Simon Cecere
Quit your day job, pick up a camera, establish yourself as one of Adelaide’s most trusted fashion photographers then drop everything and move to Europe to start all over again in one of the toughest markets in the world. Show the street style set of Paris and Milan what South Australian talent is made of. Meet Simon Cecere, the Adelaide photographer who is doing just that – in spectacular style! If his Instagram account hasn’t given you a serious case of wanderlust or made you want to invest in an Off_White piece as of late, then we have to question your taste just a little.
Known for taking a designer’s ethos and vision and bringing it to life one delicious frame at a time, Simon has long been the right hand man of some of South Australia’s most renowned brands. From Paolo Sebastian to Clique magazine, he has shot for many of the names we lust over. And while he could have comfortably continued his journey right here in SA, his thirst for knowledge and change has taken him to the other side of the world where he is mingling with the giants of the game.
With Simon’s work currently sprawled across the Art Gallery of SA entrance ahead of the Paolo Sebastian: X the unveiling, we thought there was no better time to Spend 5 with the man himself and hear all about his Parisian adventures. I mean he has been a long-standing AFF family member after all….
Name: Simon Cecere
Current town: Paris
I moved here because: Everywhere you look is a picture
So far I can say life is… colourful and interesting
Background music as I type this: Todd Terje
Ensemble situation (what are you wearing): AMH T-shirt, Carhartt pants and Adidas by Raf Simons sneakers.
Liquor of choice: Vodka
But if it has to be a wine, it’s: A good Savignon Blanc
The fashion is: Effortless, cool and chic
The people are: Diverse, resilient and friendly (and sometimes difficult ? )
Inspiration can be found in: Almost everywhere in Paris
For people watching I go to: Metro stations
For a good coffee: Foundation (They’re aussies!)
When an Aussie visits I take them to:Restaurant 52, Colette (but it’s closing sadly ?)
My Parisian muse is: Currently Jeanne Damas
When in Paris, you will find me: Behind a camera
Street style is all about: Relaxed oversized silhouettes with a statement shoe or a cool sneaker for a more casual look.
Inspiration comes from: Galleries. You can find good exhibitions in Milan.
The labels to watch: Marios and Annakiki
Post work haunt: 10 Corso Como
Where all the cool kids hang: Potafiori, Brera, Navigli
My Italian muse is: Chiara Totire
When I have a visitor, I always take them to:Navigli for aperitivo
It all started when: I got the itch 7 years ago
I moved to Europe for work because: I wanted to grow creatively and find depth in art and fashion.
Working here is: Challenging and rewarding at the same time
I would love to photograph: Every interesting person I see!
My favourite photo captured in Paris and why: A photo I took on the metro. It’s my favorite because I feel it captures the curiosity of the Parisian underground.
My favourite photo captured in Milan and why: Probably the shot I took of Christine Centenera at the Armani Show. You only see a shoe, her invite and what she’s wearing but in her movement there is a sense of confidence and certainty. I find it interesting.
The first thing I do when I wake up: Meditate.
The last thing I do before I go to bed: Meditate.
Life motto: Learn to love yourself