This project wasn’t really a planned one from the beginning. I just happened to see the daisies along the road during an afternoon walk and I just took some shots by chance. Once at home, I saw that the shots were of good quality I started thinking what to do with them. Too many photos of flowers are being publishes almost daily on Behance and I thought I should do something different with my daisies so I sat down at my computer and started editing them using my own fantasy and skills. What I wanted was in fact to present those daisies as if coming out from a negative space and becoming the only visible subject in my work and at the same time, slightly desaturating the color and vibrancy of the flowers also convey a feeling of fading and decay of the daisies themselves.
About my style and inspirations. Usually, I like to take macro shots where I try to enhance not the whole image but small details among a bigger picture. As far as my inspirations I often refer to my friend and great photographer Bettina Güber, also on Behance, who does incredible works with her flower shots. Of course she’s just an inspiration as we both are very different and very personal in our works, but in a subtle way she influences my work very much.
Advice to aspiring artists. I luckily had an uncle who was a great photographer and he of course, gave me the basic hints on how to shoot a good photo, the right lighting, the subject, the framing (do not forget that many years ago we didn’t have computers and we couldn’t count on the precious help of great software like Photoshop and the editing was very, very limited) however he also gave me what I deem to be the most important advice in order to get a good photo.
He said to me “look carefully into the viewfinder, compose your image as if it were a painting… don’t just quickly shoot but reflect on what you see and what you want to see in your final image as that will be a real photo… your photo” And that is all I do every time I take a picture.
I used a PENTAX K-3 Lens smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR. Post processing in Photoshop CC 2014.
About Emanuele Marzocca
Emanuele Marzocca is a semi-retired man of almost 65. In his late twenties, he happened to meet a person who eventually became one of his closest friends, who is an art critic and also very much involved into environmental protection. This person after having seen his photos asked him whether he would like to have an exhibition related to an environmental and educational program in Italy. This went on for several years and he had over 40 exhibitions in Italy. In the end, he started to grow tired of producing photos with mainly the same theme. For a while, he took a sort of “vacation” from photography as he found myself depleted of any inspiration. But because of his passion – he went back and started taking pictures again. Since he’s not tied to a professional production anymore, he was able to express himself in total freedom. He started to shoot his photos the way he wanted and felt. See more of his photos on Behance or his website.