Giacomo Brunelli (born 1977) is an Italian photographer currently based in London.
Although he attended a six-month photography course in the past, he considers himself as a self-taught photographer.
From 27th February to 27 April 2014 Giacomo Brunelli’s project “Eternal London” will be exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery print room (London). The book “Eternal London” will be published by Dewi Lewis.
On this site there’s another interview with Giacomo about his series of self-portraits – “Disappearing Into Nature”.
“In the ‘Self Portraits’ project, I use my shadow to investigate the connection between myself, my camera and the landscape before me.
Working with a removable viewfinder camera, I shoot from a waist level perspective, performing different positions to create portraits under the best sunlight to project my shadow onto different surfaces (soil, rock, haybails, plants or sand).
The pictures are composed so the landscape has an impact on the silhouette and the shadows are completely integrated into it, with no barrier between them and the rural view of the background.”
Interview with Giacomo Brunelli
Giacomo, why did you become a photographer?
At the time I was attending University, I discovered my father’s camera in a cabinet, a Miranda Sensomat from the ’60s.
I have been using it for more than 15 years.
And what does photography mean to you?
Memory, ideas, freedom and passion.
A photographer has many “tools” at hand to bring across his message: lenses, lighting, framing, color treatment etc. Can you elaborate a little bit on the techniques you used for this particular project in order to link form and content? In other words: How would you describe your photographic language and creative process?
When taking pictures I try to react by instinct to what is in front of me, sometimes I take just one shot, other times more than twenty.
When I see the light I like, I start to focus my attention on it, making up stories and looking for ideas.
I only use one lens, the 50mm and two combinations diaphragm/shutter speed, 1.8 and 1/500 or 1/1000, it allows me to concentrate on the framing of image rather than other things.
Which photographer has inspired you most?
I have been influenced by Lartigue, Frank, Friedlander, Giacomelli and Muybridge but I am not sure in what way.
I like their approaches to photography.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
The Robert Capa one is great: “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you are not close enough.”
What kind of camera and equipment do you use?
The camera is a Miranda Sensomat and I only use the 50mm lens for all my projects.
The film is a Kodak Tri-x 400 and in the darkroom I print them on an Agfa fiber based paper.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
American Suburb X: It’s a great website, I love watching the video interviews.
Collector Daily: For the exhibition, fairs and books reviews.
CP Mag: For reviews and opinions on photography.
What book about photography would you recommend?
The Martin Parr / Badger books (Vol. 1&2) about photobooks.
I like them because through photobooks you learn about history of photography and you get to know other photographers’ works and books.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to get started with photography?
Take pictures every day!