Famestagrammers: Alessio La Ruffa


We’ve been following Alessio La Ruffa (@alessiolr on Instagram) for quite some time and as one of our favourite city-slickin’ igers, we were thrilled to get the chance to catch up with him:

1. When did you start instagramming?

October 30th, 2010. I saw this cool app that had a lot of hype online and I downloaded it and started taking photos. Admittedly, my first couple hundred photographs were really cheesy, and I started taking it a bit more seriously in December 2012.

2. What are your favourite apps?

The iPhone’s native camera app, Snapseed, VSCO, AfterLight and After Focus.

3. What photography/editing hints and tips do you have for our community?

Make sure that you have a good picture to start with. Editing only serves to enhance your photos – it can’t create miracles. Also, stay away from gimmicky apps that apply all kinds of weird effects to your photos. I prefer giving my shots a crisp and clean feel to them, so most of my shots only have their saturation, contrast and ambience bumped up. I might add a little HDR and a vignette, but that’s usually about it.

4. Who are you favourite people to follow on Instagram?

Wow, there are so many. Locally, it would be @garethpon, @unclescrooch, @levonlock, @timvanrooyen, @roywrench, @thobanj, @alexioso and @ghostwitness. There are too many to mention. We have some great talent locally.

Internationally, I’d have to say @woody_chai, @kitkat_ch, @nois7, @jn, @withhearts, @kevinruss, and @soof_uckinginsane.

5. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being able to travel the world, to spend my time as I wish and to give back.

6. What is your greatest extravagance?

Food! I’m Italian: we don’t eat to live, we live to eat. And lately, clothing.

7. Which talent would you most like to have?

To be able to take incredible photos with a proper camera.

8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Breaking free from the corporate rat race and being a freelancer.

9. What is your most treasured possession?

My Air Jordans.

10. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Steve Jobs.

11. When and where were you happiest?

Whenever I’m on an airplane.

5 of Alessio’s favourite Instagrams:

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Top photo credit: photo and edit by @garethpon


1 Comment on Famestagrammers: Alessio La Ruffa

  1. Tim van Rooyen
    March 24, 2014 at 9:42 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the mention, Alessio!


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