Put your hands together for the man from Turin. The city of Fiat, FC Torino, the Shroud of Turin, another football club and the host of the winter olympics in 2006. To our knowledge, our new member has nothing to do with any of this. Instead we bring you the cinephile and photographer Marco Criniti!
Welcome to Full Frontal Flash Marco, we’re really happy to have you.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Born and raised in Torino, Italy, in 1990. I approached photography in 2016. I cannot say someone introduce me to this world, it’s something I feel extremely personal about and built almost totally on my own. I’m a big movie buff, I think my mind is mainly imprinted by movie stills and the concept of trying to represent what I see through images came certainly from this.
When did you start with photography and more importantly when and why did you start to use a flash?
After my graduation, when I was 24 or 25 years old, I started working in a really strange situation, a little local movie festival in my city, where I used to help organizing festivals and I started working as videomaker. In that place I tried many cameras, studio lights, studying the general basic rules and so on.
After a while, I decided to buy my own camera for making videos not only in the working context and at the same time, when I discovered the “idea” of street photography, I also decided to use my camera for shooting random photos during my days, trying to understand what it meant.
I started playing with flash after 1 year, when my girlfriend bought it to me as a present for my birthday. I brought it with me almost every time I had a walk with my camera and, month after month, I think it helped me to improve my photographic approach to situations and people. I think it open my mind to many more possibilities and I love the way it twisted the scene many times.
Could you describe your photographic style?
I appreciate dynamic shots a lot. In general, I can say that I work and think better if both me and the subjects are moving. To static situations make me feel bored. I love using flash in manual, I think in many cases, it gives that error touch I’m looking for. Maybe, most of the time, I don’t like having full control during my shooting process. At the beginning I used to shoot with the flash only off camera with a simple white diffuser, but over time, I try to use flash in many other different ways. Starting to combine together more tools and techniques. I can say that generally I’m not waiting too much for one shot. I react better if I constantly change spot. In this way, people don’t understand what’s happening , they are not aware of my presence and as a result, I feel more comfortable.
Show us some of your flash photos and tell us something about them.
Thank you Marco and welcome to the Full Frontal family!