With his bold use of color and expert eye for architecture and geometric patterns in modern environments, Italian photographer Eddy Galeotti creates stunning imagery that simultaneously captures cultural aesthetics and the beauty of form. Enamored with his visions of both his homeland and foreign environments, we chose him as our latest Shutterstar featured contributor. Read on for some insight from Galeotti on how he captures his images, and how you can do the same.
Your portfolio is filled with amazing travel photography. How often do you travel?
I love to travel almost everywhere. Seeing new places never stops being a thrill. I started traveling when I was a child, with my parents, and never stopped. I have visited lots of countries, mainly in North America, Asia, and, of course, Europe, but not as many as I wish. Taking photographs is a great passion but doesn’t fully pay my bills, so every time my wife and I have a few days off from our daily jobs, we jump in a plane, train, or car.
What challenges have you encountered taking photos in other countries?
Not being a reporter, but just a traveler, I don’t have access to many places I would love to photograph. And I have to be able to decently catch what intrigues me in the moment, because I may not have a second chance to take that picture again in that place.
You also take a lot of pictures in Italy. Would you consider that local content?
I am lucky enough to live in one of the most visited and famous countries in the world, even though it is a strange place, full of contrasts and contradictions. From the photographer point of view, there’s so much to be captured, and many things are a short distance from home. Does this mean it’s local content? Maybe yes, but what matters is that it requires a different approach from me, because I have to think about new ways to capture well-known places, looking for new details or views.
Do you have any favorite images in your collection?
I do particularly like two kinds of pictures in my portfolio: those where you can really get both the view and the mood of a place at first glance, and those where my “obsession” for geometries fully emerges.
Are there any tips you can share with other contributors on selling photography?
My experience in this field is quite recent, so I probably need to receive tips more than give them. But I have learned a few lessons. Know the basics, and never take them for granted. Know or discover your category, so you can go deep into it and try to create a niche. Be constant and focused: I never underestimate the challenge I constantly have to face with myself, the need to increase my skills and at the same time find inspiration. This is the only way I can get results that are both intriguing and technically good.
Do you have any funny stories from any of your shoots?
There have been many episodes, but the one that’s directly related to a specific image in my portfolio brings me to a simple reflection. One thing I have really noticed is the different attitudes of people living in different places — but not in the way you might think. In fact, in several poor parts of Bangkok, a megalopolis thousands of miles from my home, I could walk around with my camera and nobody ever tried to bother me; but in a small, quiet town very close to where I live, I was on my knees under a porch to take this picture, and guess what? An old woman promptly opened a window to ask me if I was trying to steal her bike.