Interview with photographer Nicholas Tinelli

There is no better investment than a journey to renew the soul. Life experiences, make new friends, try different flavours and feel exotic scents. So get ready, in this interview we will travel to South America, in the beautiful capital of Argentina: Buenos Aires.

Waiting for us there is Nicholas, travel and portrait photographer inspired by color and ready to renew the image of travelers and artists, he specializes in private photo sessions, but is also available as a guide, to discover the capital through the eye of a local photographer. We had the opportunity to talk to him and get to know him better through his passion.

Where does your passion for photography come from?
I had my initial contact with photography through an old Polaroid camera, at home and a little later on the journey, with my first reflex camera. From that moment I began to observe the world in a different way and still today the lens remains the ideal excuse for me to get closer to other cultures and satisfy my curiosity. After years as an amateur photographer I decided to give a change in my life and start a professional career.

What does travel photography mean to you?
Travel photography is not just a genre for me, it’s a way of life. The research, the preparation, the meetings along the way, the experiences lived, are all aspects that inspire my day and push me to continue my journey in photography.

Although I love nature, landscapes and animals, I specialize mainly in portraits of people. I love ethnic portraiture because it forces me to go further and get closer to cultures that are very different from mine, very tied to the past and traditions.

3 photographers who inspired you.
It seems obvious, but certainly the first one is Steve Mc Curry, the care of color, the composition, the originality of his images transport me on a journey with thought. A master.

Another person who inspired me is Gavin Gough, English documentary photographer that I had the opportunity to interview in my blog. His documentation work in Southeast Asia is impressive, in collaboration with several NGOs for humanitarian projects. I really appreciated the spontaneity of his interview and learned from his experience, especially about the difficulties of working as a freelancer. 

The American photographer Ami Vitale is also one of those who is able to most engage me with her work. I had the chance to have a chat with her a few years ago and from there I have never stopped following in her footsteps. Her work on rhinoceroses is really inspiring.

Besides portraits in the city and on travel, what other activities do you organize?
For a long time I have been dedicating myself to the organization of photographic journeys to Argentina, real workshops where we work in close contact with nature and local people. Every year we travel to the Mennonite Colony, in the north for the folkloristic Jujuy carnival and I gradually try to introduce other genuine experiences. Each one is prepared in the field, with local guides.

In Buenos Aires I also take care of Brand Image, helping individuals and companies to strengthen their business with professional and unique images and I organize photography courses for enthusiasts of all levels, from beginners to advanced.

I know you also write a blog, what’s it about?
Through the blog I share activities and the latest news from the world of photography. But not only that, also interviews with professionals and technical articles. A sort of diary where I talk openly with my readers.

Show us your favorite portrait.
It’s a difficult choice, I’m deeply connected to each of my portraits, but if I have to choose one it’s probably this. I was in Tanzania, near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. I carefully approached this young Masai warrior with a stick and I portrayed him, the color palette of the land, the texture of the blurred plant in the background, the intense look: I couldn’t have asked for more.

What is your greatest achievement so far?
Certainly the fact that I’ve managed to establish myself as a professional photographer. It is not an easy field and especially at the beginning the earnings are very limited. What helped me the most was undoubtedly the passion and enthusiasm of the people who have accompanied me in recent years, during photography courses and workshops. To whom I dedicate this interview, thank you very much.

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
My first advice is to insist and be patient, with study and practice the results slowly come. Especially by learning from our mistakes. The greatest difficulty of working as a photographer nowadays is the competitiveness of the market and also the need to learn how to move in other areas such as marketing, which apparently has little to do with photography. It is therefore essential to devote time to these aspects too in order to achieve good results. Fortunately, unlike in the past, we now have a large number of powerful tools to manage our business, you just need to understand how to make the most of them.

As a final advice: learn from other professionals, there is always something new to discover and observe the work of other photographers helps to inspire and continue on our path.



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