Tiberio Ventura (born 1992) is an Italian documentary photographer currently studying at “Griffith College Dublin”, Ireland.
In his recent project “Left Behind” he is dealing with the economic crisis in Italy.
When he was photographing inside abandoned factory buildings he made a surprising discovery which would change the course of his work.
“I am a 21 years old photographer. I am currently attending the final year of a Bachelor in Photography and Visual Media at Griffith College in Dublin. I am really interested in documentary photography.”
“Artist Profile” – Tiberio Ventura
Tiberio, why did you become a photographer? And what does photography mean to you?
“The desire of taking pictures forces me to push my boundaries and overcome my fears.”
Photography is my way to express myself. I have always been a bit quite and shy and being behind a camera kind of make me feel safe.
Photography also gives me the opportunity to engage with people and places that I would normally do not see in everyday life.
The desire of taking pictures forces me to push my boundaries and overcome my fears. I think I realized that I really wanted to be a photographer two years ago, when after finishing my first year of College I undertook my first long-term project based in a psychiatric clinic.
Because from that experience I had the feeling that photography was taking me to people and places, that were not just important for my photography but they helped me to grow especially as a person.
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?
“Left Behind” is a little bit different from other works I did before, in fact normally I prefer to work with 35 mm cameras using black and white films. Because I think black and white is the way I see my photographs.
“It was a challenge for me to think and compose my pictures in colors.”
But with this project I thought that the best way to communicate this story was to use colors. It was a challenge for me to think and compose my pictures in colors.
For this project I used long exposure because the industries I photographed were not much illuminated. Then after I found documents and abandoned photographs inside the buildings, I decided to scan them because I thought they were important to complete the story I was trying to tell.
In other words: How would you describe your photographic language and creative process?
I see photography as a visual story-telling, so I always try to create body of works which have a story and a concept behind.
I try to follow my instinct, so the technique and the creative process just come naturally.
Which photographer has inspired you most?
I think I do not have a single photographer which inspired me the most, because I always try to be independent and to do not be influenced by the approach and style of other photographers.
But I admire the works of Sebastin Liste, Stanley Greene and Jacob Aue Sobol.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.”
What kind of camera and equipment do you use?
I use a Nikon D800 with 24-70 lens and a Canon AE-1 with 50mm lens.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
I really enjoy FOTO8.
What book about photography would you recommend?
“Veins” by Jacob Aue Sobol and Anders Petersen, because their photographs show how the connection between the photographer and the subject can be intimate and strong.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to get started with photography?
I think the best way is to go out with your camera as much as you can and find a subject matter that really interest you and find your own way to communicate the story that you want to tell .