“I’m interested in the relationship of people with their environment and the invisible traces left behind by all of us.”
Marcos Goymil (born in 1976) is an Argentine photographer. He studied photography in Buenos Aires at “La Escuela de Arte Fotográfico de Avellaneda” (1997-1999). After that he spent some time in Spain where is attended several workshops with Humberto Rivas and Francesco Jodice in Barcelona and Madrid.
Marcos Goymil is particularly interested in human traces and impact on the places we inhabit.
Interview with Marcos Goymil
Marcos, what waas your first camera and photographic experience?
My first camera was a Pentax K1000. And my most important photographic experience was the day I saw the image appear in the laboratory of my uncle.
Why did you become a photographer?
In my teens, I became interested in the pictures on the album covers of Argentine musician Luis Alberto Spinetta. Especially one portrait by photographer Eduardo “Dylan” Marti for the album “El Jardin de los Presentes”. No doubt, that image was one of the most important triggers for me in my decision to become an artist. It had an exotic air that suited perfectly the music it represented.
What does photography mean to you?
I feel comfortable with Garry Winogrand’s phrase: “I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.” I think it defines my relationship with the image.
Which photographer has inspired you most and why?
I could not choose just one photographer, but to name a few, I would start with Argentine photographer Humberto Rivas for his particular way to bring us closer to silence. Then Juan Travnik – and other photographers like Richard Avedon, Esteban Pastorino, Chema Madoz, Diane Arbus and Francesco Jodice. They all have left an imprint on my work in a certain way.
What’s your favorite photography quote?
Y se desvive el alba entre los Árboles, rotos de luz y sombra, rotos de luz y sombra
(And dawn crept through the trees, broken by light and shadow, broken by light and shadow)
The phrase is not by a photographer, but by Argentina singer Luis Alberto Spinetta, but it has a great evocative power to me and I think that pretty much sums up the place I want to continue traveling with my photograph.
How would you describe your photographic style and way of working? How do you realize a shooting?
I don’t think that I have developed any photographic style yet, because I’m constantly evolving with this medium. But I’m very interested in the relationship of people with their environment and the invisible traces left behind by all of us on the landscape we inhabit. When I begin to work on a new project, I investigate about the subject to photograph and take the necessary steps to finally set foot at the places where I’m going to take the pictures.
What I do as a photographer, corresponds to who I am. Reality as such does not interest me, only the interpretation of it in pictures. The important thing is to transport it through a photograph as honestly as possible.
What does a photo need to be a great photo in your eyes?
Lately I have been looking more at entire series than just at single pictures, because I feel that they tell more about a certain topic. So series that attract me are those, that give a new vision of what is intended to be shown.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your photographic projects?
There are many triggers: watching the people around me, reading a book, listening to music or finding out about the existence of something on the internet which I had no idea of.
How do you keep up to date with new developments in photography, to keep on learning new things?
When I started with photography, there was not so much information available. And books were expensive. So it is much easier now to access information on the internet. From there I continue to learn and inform myself.
What kind of photography equipment and photographic supplies do you use?
Medium format cameras: Mamiya RZ67, Mamiya C330 and Pentax 67.
What’s your favorite website on photography?
Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a professional photographer?
They he should start “shooting” without a camera – just observing everything around him with his eyes.