The World is rich, full of cultures, practices, religions, and way of being. Giacomo Bruno, our photographer of the week is dedicated to capturing that diversity and beauty!
Discover his story, experience in this Interview, illustrated with his amazing Travel Portraits in full resolution! From Mexico, Sri Lanka or Nepal
A few words about you? Explain me a little bit how did you start photography?
Hello, my name is Giacomo Bruno, I’m a self-taught Italian photographer. I was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy on 5th January 1991. After finishing my scientific studies in high school, and later dropping University, I decided to dedicate myself to photography, in particular to industrial still life commercial photography, which appeared to be the most profitable field in photography.
I start becoming a professional photographer in 2010. I had a clear though, that my true vocation was traveling, deepening social issues and telling stories. I traveled to many different countries such as Central and South America, North and South Africa, and Asia with India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and China.
My personal interests are focused on Human beings, on their cultures, working traditions, and religious vocations. I choose to shoot posed portraits, yet spontaneous, aiming to enlighten the subject as well as his background and environment, as an equally important element in order to enhance the character and better tell a story.
Upon this, I developed my own projects. Basically, a collection of images from my travels, as a consequence of my interest in documenting with the camera of everything in our planet that seems close to disappearing. Without claiming to tell all the unseen or unknown places and inhabitants, I only aim to represent the beauty that lives within those people and places, giving back to my subjects dignity and pride.
You define yourself as a Photographer Videomaker. What do you prefer? Photography or Video? Why?
I definitely prefer photography but it’s not a matter of taste. Photography allows you to get into many different situations and allows you to watch, see and listen to what is surrounding you. The moment you are freezing is something you are able to get by chance. That doesn't mean that a good picture happens by chance, but many times there’s no need for a plan to be in front of something that is worth to be captured.
Another important reason is that photography is something you have to do alone. Being alone with a lot of time is crucial to me. I would describe the world of a photographer with these few words: loneliness, distance, introspection, and exposure to every different situation that might hide a whole world to be told.
On the other side video is as well a massive tool to tell stories and get deep under the surface of any kind of subject, which is something I love, but it always requires an intense teamwork to be developed properly. Video means a crew of people working together and realistically a lot of money to make it work. Otherwise, you are just representing a good and interesting story that could have been realized and shown better.
What is your philosophy about portrait photography? What makes a really successful Portrait for you?
- I’m not sure if I have a real philosophy behind my portraits. I am usually guided by instinct while shooting portraits. It always happens that someone is attracting me for some reason so I just try to represent the subject with all those feelings that I felt at that moment, so that the final pictures is like a short written story, able to describe and remind me of that particular moment and emotions.
You traveled a lot and took portraits of a lot of people around the world. What is your best souvenir? your best meeting?
My best souvenirs are of course my own pictures. I don’t need any other things than a good picture and an experience to tell to be fully rewarded by a travel.
The best meeting I have during my travels are always made of simple people I discover putting myself in the most humble conditions. I personally dislike tourist photography. I find it superficial. It’s all about making nice pictures that please all the viewers, without taking risks, without putting yourself in the mud till your belt to shoot something strong. It’s also something opportunistic.
The photographer that will be able to mix himself and get dirty with the farmer in a lost countryside will get some unforgettable, unusual and honest photos.
Is there a place you would dream to go and take pictures?
- I would love to be able to go, meet and shoot the Nenet tribes in Siberia. It’s a hard and tricky travel due to permissions and climate conditions but I’m sure I will be able one day.
What kind of photography gear you love to bring with you when you travel? If you would have to choose one lens?
- I always travel with my Canon 5D Mark III and a 24-70mm zoom which is definitely my favorite lens. I wouldn’t change it for any other. I never bring tripods, but I love to have always with me the Profoto B1 portable flash with an octagonal modifier. It’s kinda heavy and not really practical and easy but allows me to create some good ambient portraits whatever the light conditions are. I hate not to being able to shoot a particular portrait in a particular spot because of the sun position.
Do you have projects for the future (a destination, an exhibition)?
Future is always uncertain and I love to let things bring and drag me wherever they are taking. I will definitely go back to South America soon.
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