PHOTOGRAPHY OF GALLETTO MARCO
I was born in 1969 in Cuneo, a small town in northern Italy. Passionate about photography since the age of 15, with my first film SLR camera.
I like to experiment with new techniques, ever since, when I was just fifteen, I closed myself in the darkroom to print my first shots. Switched to digital and inspired by some images on the web, I jumped on the HDR technique, when it was still a very experimental technique. Fascinated by the old vintage lenses, I then started a small collection by testing them on digital through simple adapters. A few years ago I then started shooting only in black and white, studying all the remarkable creative possibilities. Lately I returned to color, looking for new ideas and inspirations. The fact of not being a professional allows me great freedom and choice in this sense.
If you had a quote, proverb or a mantra printed on your shirt or tattooed on your skin, what would it say?
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
In this difficult world, photography is the way to free the child who is hidden in me. A child curious about his surroundings, an observer of the small wonders of everyday life.
Please tell us about the photograph featured in your 1st image:
I was walking with the camera around my neck, when a tourist train joined me. A child met my gaze and I reciprocated with a snap on the fly. A fraction of a second and the train was far away, but the moment is fixed forever, this is the magic of street photography.
What influenced you for this particular photograph?
We are all influenced by what we see, in my case I was bewitched by reading some photographic books of the great photographer Henri Cartier Bresson and by his incredible ability to shoot at the right time, with shots with great narrative power.
What are your favorite tools, or equipment that you use to create your work, please be specific!
Any camera and possibly a wide angle lens. I have used Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm cameras in the past, all excellent cameras. I currently use a Sony A7 mark2 with 28/70 zoom which was sold together with the camera. Each camera has its strengths and weaknesses, but experience has taught me that in my photographic style, mainly street photography, the moment counts more than the equipment.
What is one of the most challenging aspects of your work?
Overcoming shyness and getting close to people to photograph them is my big challenge, a way to get out of the comfort zone. Privacy is a big issue in modern street photography.
Are there any particular methods or approaches you use to help with this particular challenge and how does it help?
I always avoid photographing weak subjects and in embarrassing situations or of which they are not particularly proud. I am thinking, for example, of homeless people. There are millions of other situations and subjects that I don’t see why raging on them.
What do you believe or like to do that many people may think is crazy or unusual?
I like new, different points of view and sometimes I find myself photographing in quite strange positions. But what matters is the result, isn’t it?
What do you think is one of the biggest challenges facing the world at the moment and what can we all do to help?
Surely the overpopulation and the consequent pollution. Great challenges for our children, for their sustainable future. But I have great confidence in young people, they are better than the older generations in terms of sensitivity towards these issues.
If you weren’t an artist what would you be doing instead?
An artist is the one who puts his soul into whatever he does. I can’t imagine a life without art.
Why do you think art is important to you or the world?
Art, in any form, raises people’s hearts, puts them back on the right track. The time spent listening to good music, watching a theatrical performance, visiting photographic or art exhibitions, is time well invested, it gives us new points of reference.
Do you have a signature dish of food that you like to cook? if so what is it, how do you make it, and what occasions do you make it?
I am Italian, therefore kneading good homemade pasta and accompanying it with a tomato sauce is almost mandatory. And my kids appreciate it very much every weekend.
If you could time travel to visit any time when would it be and why?
I would not mind seeing Rome in its heyday, photographically documenting the customs and simple everyday life of the time. Obviously unattainable, but it would be a nice report.
If you went back in time and could give advice to your younger self what would it be?
I am 50 years old, and my biggest regret is not knowing how to play a musical instrument, guitar or piano. Well, if I could go back I think I would go to some music school.
Where can people find out more about what you, purchase your work, and what’s the best way to get in touch?
You can see my work on Flickr, the well-known photographic social network.