November 23, 2016
My interview for Canon Italy
My interview for Canon Italy
That afternoon I would have really expected everything, considering that it had been spent in a series of really funny and unusual events, but I would never have imagined receiving a phone call so important to me that it would literally leave me speechless.
For those are not insiders, the magazine ImageMag (http://www.imagemag.it) may be unknown, but believe me, for photographers is really a reference. I can assure you that I initially thought of a joke when the voice on the phone presented itself as Moses Franchi, nothing other than the editor of the magazine.
As he explained to me with his reassuring voice, he wanted to interview me for the magazine on behalf of Canon Italy (http://www.canon.it), because he was impressed by my photos, seen by chance on the internet, my emotion increased, until I was moved.
We began to chat for about an hour before and for the first time, before going into specific questions about my work.
But no more talk, I leave you to read my interview for Canon Italy.
You can read original article.
Passion for weddings
by Mosè Franchi
Facebook is guilty for the second time, but we absolve him with a full formula: at least until he lets us know photographers like Francesco Bonarrigo, author of marriages. Did we like his pictures? Of course, we would miss it; even if the photographs are to be seen and not described. After the telephone chat, what struck us was the “Francesco man” or, if you want, “photographer”: also because, for him, we believe that things go hand in hand. Our passion is in all the things that it does, this is the point; moreover he lives with emotion and tries to translate it with the shot. Not only that, Francesco is formed continuously; having started doing it since he was a simple hobbyist.
Training (and information, attention!), Passion and emotion constitute an explosive mixture that is difficult to restrain; it can be guessed by the images, where everything is topical, necessary, evocative. Then there is to talk about the accessory parts, which perhaps become substantial. Francesco talks to us about the family (his) thanking them for their support and trust. This is coherence, because it means being completely aligned: standing on the side of those who promise a life of eternal couple, beyond good or evil.
The photos? Fine, maybe even more: significant, we could say. In them there is everything you need: smiles, party, poses, beauty, moment; but also that instant that floats, stopping, then coming to completion in the rhythm of memory, of the coming thought. It is a revival of tomorrow, Francesco’s photography; so strong that maybe even he can not explain it. It represents a fist of flour thrown against the light: part falls immediately, the rest remains there; made to pass us in the middle. If history is us, it is nice to come back to it. Those spouses, those of Francesco, can often do it. They will pass in the middle of that flour that still floats and which is called emotion. The rest will be life, blunted in the corners as only time can do.
Thanks to Francesco Bonarrigo for the time and the images he wanted to dedicate to us.
D] Francesco, when did you start taking pictures? And why?
R] As a professional, in 2011. First it was only a passion: as for many, I think; I continued to take courses and take pictures of the family. They told me I was good, even calling me for some work. The idea of making photography a profession was born from there.
D] Has passion been important?
R] Fundamental, I would say. The difficulties to be overcome are many and the motivation becomes necessary. Then you realize that everything started from there, thanks also to the support of my family (also indispensable). I then live by emotional impulse: when I desire something, I throw myself body and soul. In the end, I believed it; dedicating energies and investments to photography.
D] Have you invested a lot?
R] Hard to say how much I have invested. Certainly I have dedicated a lot of time, removing it from myself and my family. You happen to want to improve in areas that are not even required; this only because you think it is necessary. And then the equipment costs, and also the courses you want to attend. Many face the profession without a minimum of preparation, after all collapses.
D] I feel that you have taken care of your training a lot …
R] I attended workshops, held by established photographers; this when I was not yet a professional. I remember that I liked fashion, the idea of that environment; and then advertising, models. I read a lot and in addition I joined the associations, because I believed (and I still do) in comparison with others. Over time, my desires have moved elsewhere: I started to see the fashion world as cold, despite all its sequins. I threw myself into weddings and there I found something more; It’s like I’ve jumped. I managed to manage the couple, to see and understand the important moments. There was more besides the click: something that went further. If nothing else, I was able to understand the reasons why another photographer produced better results than mine. In short, the way was drawn.
D] So you have dedicated specific training to the wedding…
R] Of course, continuing a study trend that started from afar. The courses I followed were those organized by ANFM (National Association of Wedding Photographers). They offered me some material to study, working side by side with a tutor for a year. My motivation went up and I did not miss a course. Keep in mind that I never stop: if a colleague calls me, I go; especially if I believe that I can learn something from him.
D] Did you have any inspiring elements?
R] Many. To begin with, I owe a lot to local photographers, to those who have initiated me to the profession; I’m referring to Piero Beghi (my first teacher) and Cristian Filippini. If we want to speak only of inspiration, I would say Flavio Bandiera and Daniele Vertelli: they are the models that I would like to achieve. Obviously I’m forgetting someone, also because I tend to always compare myself: which leads me to have so many photographers to refer to.
D] Do you read a lot?
R] I read a lot: magazines in the industry and not only. I do not miss anything. Everything helps: a generic message can unlock the mind.
D] Photographically, how would you define yourself?
R] Matrimonialist, with decision.
D] What is the most important quality that a photographer like you must possess?
R] Being in the right place at the right time. I am obviously referring to the day of the couple, where the spouses have prepared everything, with care, down to the last detail. Everything is important to them, every moment: that’s what the photographer has to tell.
D] Is there, among yours, a photograph that you are particularly fond of?
R] One in particular, no. See, I do everything by emotion; if I start explaining to the spouses what I want to do, I feel like crying. My images are not born by chance, rather they coincide with moments full of emotions. It happens that some couples are like me, characterally I mean; with them often a friendship is born and we see each other even after a great day, if only for a coffee.
D] Black and white or color?
R] I prefer the color, although obviously I do not despise the B / W. There are situations in which whites, blacks and grays can better convey emotions; also because the chromatism can distract the viewer. I do little B / N, but I think of it at the time of shooting.
D] Did you start with the analog?
R] Yes, but only at the time of family photos. As a professional I debuted with new technologies.
D] So you can not have regrets for the film …
R] Absolutely no. Thinking about it, I can say that at the time of the roll maybe it was reflected more, also because the costs were different. There was however the development, the waiting time. Digital is cheaper and you do not have to wait to see the results. Everything is more practical, immediate, fast. Clear: today we are all photographers, because approaching the trade is much simpler.
D] Do you personally take care of the retouch?
R] Yes, I do everything. I can also tell you that my post production is very accurate, especially for the time I spend at that stage. The machine files are weak; and then the photograph must be personalized, in relation to the subject and the event. I never deliver two identical services, this in terms of the character of the photos. The bride and groom should be at the center of the photographer’s attention, let’s not forget it; and I am happy when, in front of my service, they tell me that it is as if I had always known them. On the wedding day, I try to enter into intimacy with them: using discretion, but effectively.
D] Do you have a particular workflow?
R] When I start to process the images, I start with the histogram; after I decide how to operate. However, I do not always proceed in the same way. Curves, contrast and colors are the areas of greatest intervention.
D] Do you have a favorite focal length?
R] The 35 mm f / 1.4: I’m in love with it. That lens has shocked my photography, more than 24 mm and 50 mm that I like very much. With 35 mm you can do everything: do not twist and move away, you can use it as a wide-angle not extreme. Its quality is indisputable, like the brightness of the rest.
D] Which camera mounts your 35 mm on?
R] On an EOS 5D Mark III; sometimes I also use it on the EOS 1D Mark IV, on which (due to the size of the sensor) it becomes almost a “normal”.
D] Do you have other lens?
R] In the bag I put 70 – 200 f / 2.8 II and 24 – 70 f / 2.8. I was 50 mm f / 1.4, but I saw it: I would like to buy the f 1,2.
D] Your career begins to lengthen. Is there a project left behind and you would like to complete?
R] My ambition is to be able to become a reference in the industry: Mr. Photographer. I would also like to take the marriage of the century: the one that leaves its mark. By now I think you have understood: I’m in love with the genre.
D] First we talked about the skills necessary for the ceremony photographer. Tell me now: what are the difficulties to overcome?
R] Everything takes place in a day, which manifests itself as a complex. You are not the only professional at work and you must not get in the way of others. Here, yes: it is necessary to manage the complexity, the complications. Think only of light: in the Church the altar is illuminated; everything else is in the shade, spouses included. We must also investigate, catching the bonds between people: the most important ones. Finally, you have to keep an eye on the times: especially in relation to the spouses. That of marriage is a long and tiring day, but that runs too fast. The two celebrated are under pressure and must be managed: two drops of water trigger her tears; and there a little psychology does not hurt. The couple must be at ease.
D] Who is the most important person in marriage?
R] The spouses …
D] I would have told the bride …
R] Once, yes. However, it depends on the couple. Of course, there are still some where she sees marriage as a dream. Recently, however, I noticed that “he” is becoming more picky: certainly is more involved. It is not rare, then, to portray the groom in tears for emotion. Once upon a time, it was a rarity.
D] What kind of bride comes out of your pictures?
R] I do not fix situations, nor do I address models already approved (unless it is requested, of course). My bride is real, real; if then she is feminine of her, she manages to transmit it also in white dress.
D] Some are very beautiful, let’s say …
R] Stupendous, I would say. Everyone wants to be beautiful that day, as it should be; and here the difficulties arise. We look at ourselves in the mirror every day, but most of the time we do not see the flaws, at least the non-glaring ones. The professional photographer must understand and do his best: the bride deserves it.
D] Is there a moment not to be missed on the wedding day?
R] During the ceremony, I would say the exchange of rings: there you can not go wrong. On my personal level, however, there are many more. It is a question of looks, glances, small gestures. I can tell you that, after the exchange of rings, the couple almost relax, becoming even more beautiful.
D] Then there is always the emotion, isn’t it?
R] Exactly, the exciting moments are not lost: they represent opportunities to tell a very special day, which will then last for a lifetime.
D] Do you remember, among the ceremonies in which you worked, a particularly touching moment?
R] Yes, in a marriage, father and daughter have met again: they had not talked for years. At a certain point they hugged each other, crying. The emotion was cut with a knife.
D] What equipment do you bring with you in a wedding day?
R] Tripods, monopods, reflective panels, flashes. I use it only for special effects, sometimes even remotely.
D] Do you go alone or with an assistant?
R] With me, comes a second photographer: not an assistant. It is often necessary to be in two different places (see the couple’s preparations); and then you have to take some safety margins. If a card fails (it happened), how do you do it? Unfortune aside, those who accompany me are in turn a creative like me; it helps me (panels, flash), but it helps me to manage situations.
D] Your offer to the spouses as it is composed? What do you give them when they come back from their honeymoon?
R] Not everyone asks for the album, some just want the service. I return them all the processed shots on a DVD. For the album, traditional or not, we discuss from time to time: the solutions are many.
D] If you could give a wish to yourself, what would it be?
R] I hope to become that photographer who is in my dreams: a reference for the ceremony. It is not a trivial matter, believe me.