Capturing Time: An Interview with Lorenzo Gargiulo

Capturing Time: An Interview with Lorenzo Gargiulo

In a world increasingly dominated by digital immediacy, Lorenzo Gargiulo has chosen to embrace the timeless artistry of film photography. His decision to opt for film over digital is driven by a profound appreciation for the unique qualities it offers. "The feeling that film gives me is something unique," he explains. "The waiting to see photos is something that intrigues me with each passing day. In an era where everything is fast, I have decided to wait."

One of Gargiulo's favorite photographs is titled "After the Storm." This image holds a special place in his heart because of the irreplaceable moment it captures. "The storm lasted about an hour," he recalls. "To stay down there to see what light could come out was something exciting and unique." The anticipation and unpredictability of nature provided the perfect backdrop for a moment that could never be replicated.

When asked about his dream era to photograph, Gargiulo’s passion for the past shines through. "If I could go back in time, I would like to go back to the 70s/80s and be in New York. I am madly in love with the colors, the outfits, the cars," he shares. The vibrant culture and aesthetic of New York during those decades captivate his imagination, offering a rich tapestry of subjects to capture.

Interestingly, Gargiulo does not adhere to a strict photographic technique. Instead, he focuses on the subtleties around him. "I just pay attention to details and the movement of the subjects around me. The few shots that film offers me force me to be precise," he explains. This mindful approach allows him to capture the essence of his subjects with authenticity and precision.

His dedication to photography extends beyond the moments when he has a camera in hand. Without his camera, Gargiulo finds himself even more attuned to the world around him. "I realize that I am much more attentive to the details around me. I try to sense how people around me feel through a glance or a simple gesture," he says. This heightened awareness enhances his appreciation for the art of photography, shaping his perspective and deepening his connection to his surroundings.

Gargiulo’s journey in photography has been a personal one, without notable collaborations thus far. "I just shot for myself," he states simply. However, he hints at an exciting future with a project in the works. "I have a project on the way, I still don’t know if it’s my dream project, but I’m trying to figure it out. We’ll see with time."

Through his work, Lorenzo Gargiulo invites us to slow down, appreciate the beauty of the fleeting moment, and find joy in the details. His dedication to film photography and his passion for capturing genuine, unrepeatable moments remind us of the timeless allure of this art form.

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