Anthony Panacci
Chase the feeling.
Words by Tom Disalvo March 17, 2022

Despite having a relatively young photography career, 23-year-old Anthony Panacci is clearly at home behind the lens.

No matter where he is, whether it’s his native state of California to his college years in Oregon and Portland, Anthony brings a warm, homey vision to his surrounding suburbs – a quality he’s been refining since he first started shooting at age 12. “I started taking photos more consistently in my freshman year of college when I was gifted my first DSLR, a Pentax K-30.  I shoot mostly medium format and 35mm film now,” Anthony recalls. The analogue form perfectly encapsulates Anthony’s style, cloaking his shots of forested hammocks and flocking seabirds in the yellowish haze of a summer memory. 

The diversity of these muses, what Anthony calls “life details,” are essential to his work. “My favourite photographers are ones that reject the mentality of sticking to one lane. Now when I’m shooting, I’m simply letting life happen in front of me, finding things that remind me of what it’s like to be human…which can be anything.” he says. Anthony’s ability to stay present in unfolding scenes has led to a portfolio of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments, from bypassing motor-bikers to a bubble magician with a beach as his stage. With transience as his focus, Anthony needs a discerning eye for the otherwise-passable details.  

“I’m always after photos that combine breathtaking scenery with a fleeting moment… I want to make sure I’m paying attention to the stuff that typically goes unnoticed… Admiring the smaller moments around me has led to some of my favourite images,” Anthony says. Anthony’s attentiveness to life’s minutiae has led to a near-photographic memory, to the point where he now enjoys recalling his state of mind whenever he was on a specific shoot. This, as Anthony explains, is somewhat of a creed; first described by one of the photographers who inspires him. 

“I’m always amazed when a photo I shot can take me back to that exact moment I clicked the shutter. My favourite photographer Joel Meyerowitz once said ‘if I learned to capture these things I might find out more about who I am, therefore my identity.’ That’s a feeling I’ll always be chasing.”

Catch Anthony’s Frames portfolio below, and head here to follow him on Instagram. 

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