Rome-based photographer Lorenzo Gargiulo’s love affair with film is no normal story, the self-described nostalgia adherent falling into the world at the tender age of 19. Since then, he’s cultivated a full career out of it, working as a freelance photographer and filmmaker in Rome. And it’s not hard to see why, with the 26-year-old creative amassing an eclectic portfolio that captures the nostalgia of his subjects in spades, with the Lorenzo himself admitting, “I like the feeling of nostalgia, I like shooting empty spaces, soft light, suspended moments and subjects that take me back in time with my memory.”
For this week’s Frames, we caught up with the Rome-based photographer to get the deets on how he fell into photography, his ever-elusive style and how photography has pushed him throughout his life. Check it out below and be sure to follow him on Instagram here.
I was born and raised in Rome and I currently work as a freelance photographer and filmmaker in Rome.
I started shooting during the penultimate year of high school, back in 2015, with my phone; I just liked to capture moments. My first “real” camera was a film camera, an Olympus Mju ii which I still currently have and it works great! At 19 years old, therefore, thanks to this olympus I met the film, god bless that day because from that moment to now I only shoot film. The feeling that the film world and the community gives me is something incredible and I think I will never go back.
I don’t like to describe myself as a street photographer, I just enjoy to capture moments that are not usually seen. I enjoy shooting the oddities and peculiarities of people, the intimate moments. I depend a lot on the moments, it all depends on my mood, on how I feel.
I like the feeling of nostalgia, I like shooting empty spaces, soft light, suspended moments and subjects that take me back in time with my memory.
I have no particular crazy experiences with photography. It has certainly led me to meet photographers that I madly love like Bruce Gilden and Alex Webb, enlightening encounters for me.
Photography pushed me to meet new people who opened up worlds to me on how to be on the street, on how to approach a subject to shoot it, this is what I love most, the community. Being on the street every day, observing people and always finding new compositions, these are the elements that have allowed me to find an inner “peace” with myself, even in difficult moments of my life.