Marco Tagliarino: Photographer of the week
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by Yvette Depaepe
Marco Tagliarino's excellent work is very diversified. He always has been driven by his desire to tell the world about the beauty of our planet and its multiple cultures. He likes to transmit the emotions he experienced at the moment he took his images and share that powerful sensation with the viewers. His photographs always contain an aesthetic component giving his own personal vision on what he sees, may they be architectural of documentary.
Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs, Marco.
How have your history and life experiences affected your photography?
What first attracted you to photography?
Describe your overall photographic vision.
You have your very own style but your work is very diversified. Can you explain why this is?
When I plan a trip, I always try to include photographic destinations in my itinerary and moments to be able to make the most of them. But it is not always possible to predict what chance or luck will bring you together.
What is more important to you, the mood/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
For the technical aspect, however, it is more controllable using good equipment and gaining experience in difficult conditions, even if precious shots are often lost due to bad lighting, high ISO, blur, etc. A beautiful photo afflicted by focus problems, for example, loses all its magic.
Some of my best shots were taken in a matter of seconds. This, if possible, can be an encouragement for all those who have few opportunities to take photographs and think that without hanging around for hours it is not possible to take a spectacular street photo!! My motto is "carpe diem", and you learn it over time through experience and it is only partly thanks to personal talent. After all, which photographic genre is more than street and reportage the result of adaptation, luck and timeliness?
The only elements I assiduously look for when I am in the field are:
- the context: it must be representative of the place but, at the same time, it must be free of disturbing elements.
- the light: it must be natural and coming from a hot source (e.g. incandescent lamp, candle, oil lamp, a window, etc.).
I think that these elements are, perhaps unconsciously, the elements that most influence my choices in terms of places and photographic moments.
What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
What I look for while I am "at work" are people's looks, traditional clothes, the way of life, naturalness. To function in a photograph, I believe that all of this must be placed in an environment that in some cases is more important than the subjects themselves.
What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
I currently use the following equipment:
What software do you use to process your images?
Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
Lately I am dedicating much more time to post-production than in the past, especially in portraits, also because I noticed that on the 1x galleries, which inspire me, the level is very high and it is necessary to take care of the smallest detail in order to be published, and often that is not enough either.
What is your most important advice to a beginner in Photography and how do you get started?
As far as technical advice is concerned, I think taking photographs among people is a complicated thing. The on-site approach strongly depends on where you operate.
Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?
If I must name important names, I do those of Sebastiao Salgado, Francesco Cito, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Ferdinando Scianna, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Steve McCurry.
Is there any specific photo taken by another photographer that has inspired you a lot and why?
Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
I took this photograph in Myanmar during a voyage done with my wife discovering this beautiful country. This is a truck that was bringing home lots of these woman's after a long working day in the rice fields. So tired but so smiling. Incredible people! I love them!
Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
As a last wish, I would like to know, also through synthetic and coded information, why a photograph is rejected. It would be important to know if it is a technical, artistic or simply a photograph similar to others published below. It would help to understand if you need a larger artistic application or a more precise choice of the topics proposed.
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