Portrait Photography as Seen by Marco Trinchillo

Marco Trinchillo’s images recall the very definition of portraiture. Without frills, his models are exposed on his films with certain pureness. We talked to him about film photography, his inspirations, and what makes up his photography…

Hi Marco, can you introduce yourself briefly to our readers?

Hello everyone! I am an Italian photographer, I love photography in all its forms but I prefer portraits.

I think that based on the camera you use, the vision of what you are observing at that moment changes, from compact to reflex, but for portraits, I always use the medium format, a Mamiya RZ 67, more discreet despite its size.

Portrait Photography as Seen by Marco Trinchillo
©Marco Trinchillo

How did you discover photography? 

Immediately after high school, I took pictures to reproduce them in painting, but I left and devoted myself solely to photography.

“I worked for many years in street bars and I always had my camera with me […]”

What drove you to portrait photography? 

I worked for many years in street bars and I always had my camera with me, I started to photograph customers and passers-by but always behind the counter of a bar, slowly I asked them to portray them in their homes to strip them of the attitudes and clothes of a Saturday night.

Portrait Photography as Seen by Marco Trinchillo
©Marco Trinchillo

What makes you want to photograph one person more than another? What inspires you in people?

It depends on a particular face, a stranger for whom I have empathy, a person I respect, everything happens in a very natural way.

Portraying someone is always very fascinating, a stranger, a friend, a relative.

“I love film, the magic of waiting before seeing the result, the colors and the grain.”

You spend an hour together, sometimes more, looking for similarities to facilitate verbal and non-verbal communication; without the presumption of grasping the essence of that person but at least the few unrevealed things, the unspoken experience that can be revealed in the body and face.

Portrait Photography as Seen by Marco Trinchillo
©Marco Trinchillo

You work a lot with film. What does this bring to your photography practice?

I love film, the magic of waiting before seeing the result, the colors and the grain. I think that working with film you also tend to photograph much less, optimizing the shots, usually, I never make more than a roll of 10 poses sometimes I reach two.

“[…] I would like the people represented to communicate something to the viewer […]”

If you only had to keep one camera, which one would it be?

Contax T2

Portrait Photography as Seen by Marco Trinchillo
©Marco Trinchillo

What do you want to communicate through your images?

Nothing particular, my personal experience, I would like the people represented to communicate something to the viewer, questioning them a little….

“Be curious, don’t think about what people say, never be ashamed to take your camera out […]”

Portrait Photography as Seen by Marco Trinchillo
©Marco Trinchillo

What advice would you give to a photographer who enters the profession?

Be curious, don’t think about what people say, never be ashamed to take your camera out and get out of your comfort zone and never stop at the first “no”.

Do you have any incoming projects you can talk to us about?  

For now, I have two projects that I am carrying out, but I do not say anything until they are finished, it is just superstition

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