One shot interview with Francesca Chiacchio

July 27, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

one shot interview with Francesca Chiacchio

What made you push the shutter button to capture this image?


I was attracted by the background, the people looking down from an upper level reminded me of a castle battlement, and the contrast between them and the sky really suited me. The couple in the center of the image was perfect but what balanced the picture was the little girl arriving from the right.

 Is this image part of a wider project, if so what is the projects focus?


This image is part of a series that I shot last summer during a festival taking place each year on the Italian Adriatic coast, in which people from all over the world gather to dress and dance like the 40’s and the 50’s in America.


 Why is this image special to you?


I think this is the best picture I shot until now, that’s why I choose it and why I am so attached to it. I like the atmosphere, I like the colors but I particularly like the fact that

 the unexpected (the girl coming into the frame) made the picture balanced. I like when something you cannot predict, an unexpected factor, makes the picture even better than


 what you planned. Most of the times, especially in street photography, you don’t know how the picture you shot is going to look like until you look at it on your computer. This is what I like about street photography, the unexpected part of it.


 Is there any photography books that inspired you to capture this image?


I can’t tell if there is a particular photography book or author that inspired me, but as one of my mentors once told me, some of my pics are very cinematographic. I have been thinking about that lately and I realized that it’s not a case, since I grew up watching movies. Especially in my 20s and 30s I used to go to the movie theatre two or three times a week, I was a film lover (unfortunately I’ve lost that habit in the years).


What camera are you currently using?


 I use a Fujifilm XT20 with an 18 mm lens, which I use most of the times, I also have a 35 mm.


Please tell us about yourself


 I started shooting and developing photos while studying architecture in Naples, Italy. After graduating, I attended a photography class and participated to two collective exhibitions. From 1999 to 2007 I lived in NYC working as an architect. Back in Naples, in 2015 I approached Street Photography and in 2017 I bought my first professional digital camera and started to attend several workshops (Vineet Vohra, Nikos Economopoulos, Francesco Cito, Salvatore Matarazzo). Since 2019 I have been participating in various Street Photography group exhibitions (Street Sans Frontieres, Streetfoto San Francisco, Trieste Photo Days, Brussels Street Photography Festival) and my work has been published both online and in print. I am part of the "Women in Street" community and I am a member of the international street photography collective "Through The Lands", which aims to connect 15 photographers from all over the world to show their unique P.O.V. of the countries they visit.

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