An interview with Salvatore Matarazzo

September 09, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

 

An Interview with Salvatore Matarazzo

 

Planning

 

 

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RH: What attracted and inspired you to your current documentary project?

 

My current project "Ritratti dalla strada" or more simple "Portraits" is inspire from my old projects. I Had always job in street I started with street photography, but gradually I got more closer to people, now I feel the need to establish a brief informal contact with them, and photograph them with my vision.

 

RH: Can you talk us through the planning stage for your project?

 

I don't plan my projects in advance, simply when I am on the road I become receptive and in a completely spontaneous way I begin to feel if what I am doing is worthy of becoming a project. Then later, I start thinking and making plans and every plans is different, ther isn't a recipe.

 

RH: Is there anything you wish you had done differently?

 

Yes sure,I am never 100% satisfied, but I think this is good for me, I am always more committed to doing well.

 

Implementation and Completion

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RH: How have you dealt with any challenges and difficulties within your project?

 

My biggest difficulty is being able to take my photos in Versilia, the area where I live, a beautiful place, but lately opportunities are running out due to the decline in tourism ... Sure I can take photography in another cities, but for me to photograph in my city is a mission and I am not discouraged rather I learned to exploit all these difficulties in my favor.

 

RH: How long do your projects tend to take from start to finish? 

 

I believe that every project of mine is connected and that it is part of a single container, a single long-term project, with small variations and road accidents.

I can say that my project is long all my life.

 

Editing and Sequencing

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RH: Do have several images to edit of one fleeting moment or do you have one well-constructed precise image that you have captured?

 

I never staged my photos, and I don't use actors, they are all fruit of the moment, I see a subject in the street that attracts me and I photograph him, using the flash I can't afford many shots so I try as much as possible to view the photo in the istants before the shot.

 

 

 

RH: Within the editing stages, have you felt the project has taken on a different narrative than first envisaged?

 

Not in this sense, I often felt that I could either remove or add something just to stay consistent with my initial ideas.

 

Tips and hints 

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RH: What would you recommend for people starting their own photographic project?

 

Well, every genre fotografico has its own "modus operandi" and its various techniques and approaches, difficult to give a unique tip.

The only thing that I really feel like saying is that it is also important to work on single shots at the beginning, these are the foundations for being able to understand yourself and what you want to tell. Once this is done, things get easier.

 

RH: Does the camera really matter?

 

No the camera is just a means of taking pictures, no matter what it is, the important thing is to be able to understand it and make the most of it.

 

RH: Any books you would recommend reading to get the creativity started?

 

I would not recommend photo books, but novels, I believe they can open their minds more effectively. Imagining what you read and succeeding in extracting imaginary images with your mind, is a very effective exercise, it makes you receptive.

 

RH: Would you recommend attending photography workshops?

 

Embarrassing question, I am busy all year as a teacher of workshops, it might seem that I am bringing water to my mill :) But anyway yes they are very useful, if you choose your teachers with the due attention.

Surely it is better to spend money on workshops and books than on expensive equipment and cameras.

 

 

copyright: Salvatore Matarazzo
 

copyright: Salvatore Matarazzo
 

copyright: Salvatore Matarazzo
 

copyright: Salvatore Matarazzo
 

copyright: Salvatore Matarazzo
 

copyright: Salvatore Matarazzo
 

copyright: Salvatore Matarazzo
 

copyright: Salvatore Matarazzo
 

copyright: Salvatore Matarazzo
 

copyright: Salvatore Matarazzo
 

copyright: Salvatore Matarazzo
 

 

 


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