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Interview: Photographer Marco Frascati (Italy)

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Marco, I am Italian and I live in the middle of Padana Plane. I am happily married with Maura and we have our beloved cat Nina.

How and when did you get into photography?

I started photography about 40 years ago because of my cousin who gave me a medium format. In the mid-nineties I was among the first in Italy to experiment with digital image acquisition to make sense of my passion for astronomy with equipment that would be ridiculous nowadays. Since 2000 I started digital photography as a first media, initially with a compact and gradually with higher media. I have always been a Nikonist.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is a pastime that helps me to disconnect from the routine of the day for a few hours. I have never been a photographer who runs after the shot committed and with content. I like bright, sunny and cheerful photos. When I can I make my blacks and whites full of contrast.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I do not look for meaning at any cost, I prefer to express and bring out the beauty of the girls. I work with with detailed, sunny and colorful shots.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Where do I get inspiration from? I don’t know! I observe a lot; the work of other photographers, magazines or photography books. But the inspiration probably comes from the interaction with the models and the complicity that comes with them.

Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?

Absolutely yes,! My projects are born months before. In first time I think of a project to be carried out and I identify the model that best represents ii.; then together, we evaluate the outfits and the location. A 50% of the shots are thought in advance, the other half come from the inspiration of the moment.

Studio, on location or both?

Mainly outdoors, in studio only for some particular projects, few and selected.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I am an hobbyist! I don't pay the models and I don't ask for money. My projects are on par and both remain only the photos as compensation.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

It isn’t yet arrived, I hope for the future. However I keep a beautiful memory of each session.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Nikon! I have always been a Nikonist even if in some occasions I use a Sony Aps-c. My favorite lens is a Nikon 85mm 1.8G,I never take it out of the camera .

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

Oooh I don't know, perhaps I take photos only for passion. I am only an hobbyst and I have never asked myself this question. But I can recommend to not give up at the first criticisms, on the contrary take a cue to improve themselves; digital photography helps a lot in this. At the beginning you can invest little money for used camera and to try all areas. Only experience and mistakes can tell you what is your orientation I spent 35 years of studies, mistakes and experience to understand that the portrait and the fashion are my way.

What do you think of our new magazine?

I have found it recently but it seems a very elegant magazine. It will be an honor for me to see my photos and a part of my projects published.

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