23 year old Italian photographer Fabrizio Mingarelli started taking photographs when he was 14. He's never studied photography actually, "because I think that no one can teach you how to express yourself." Fabrizio shoots both film and digital but prefers film photography. We have featured his work here before, and today, we asked him some questions to know more about his work on film photography.
Hi Fabrizio, can tell us more about you?
Hello, I come from Italy and I’m based in Rome since 2008. I spend my days studying architecture, watching movies, reading books and shooting photographs of course. I have a dog named Arturo.
Since when do you do photography? Why film?
I started taking photographs when I was 14, my parents bought me my first digital camera and I started shooting to express something, photography was, and is, one of the quickest way to say something to me. Then when I was 18 or 19, I found an old Pentax k1000 in my house and I joined analog photography and I’ve never quit. Film photography is different just because you have to think before shooting a pic, with digital photography people can shoot tons of photographs before the ‘interesting one’, in analog photography you can’t do that. I like the vintage look of film photography and I hate all those Photoshop over working to reach it in digital works.
Do you remember what was your first film camera, and which is your favorite camera?
My very first camera was a creepy compact digital Kodak one, and my first analog camera was a Pentax K1000, as I’ve said before. Now I’m using a Nikon F65 most of times, but I hope to get a Canon AE1 one day. One of my favorite cameras is the Contax G2, I saw great works shot with it but unfortunately I’ve never had the chance to use it.
Do you have a favorite photographer?
Yes, I have a lot of photographers I really admire, some of them are Corinne Day, Lina Scheynius, Ryan Mcginley, Gabriele Basilico and Gianni Berengo Gardin, but I know many less known talented artists too.
Talk to us about your background in photography?
I don’t have many things to say, I’ve never studied photography actually but I had the chance to do interesting things like publications in amazing books and magazines like If You Leave Volume III or Frankie mag. Since 2011 I started to be involved in small exhibitions too and I hope to have more opportunities like this.
Do you have any tips for someone who’s just picking up a film camera?
I don’t have tips except to be confident and to be not afraid to waste film rolls.
Fabrizio, thank you for the interview!