Marta Curtoni discovered her passion for photography recently by looking back at her first photo snaps and by discovering something that she didn’t notice at first glance. She said that she loves to find “extraordinary” in “ordinary” subjects. She works for a handler in an airport and she loves walking in the woods and mountains, exploring new places. Aways with an iPhone in her pocket. It’s the first time she took part into a photographic contest and she has just been awarded for the Still Life category, with the image “Inside”, in the “Be a Picker“contest.
How did you find out about “Be a Picker” contest?
I discovered Picwant through the contest and actually I partecipated by chance, I would have never thought to become one of the categories’ winners.
What kind of opportunity do you think Picwant can offer you?
I am glad to be a Picker also because I can expand my passion for photography and I can keep shooting images that people can notice or simply appreciate. And I’m glad because I always try to convey something through what I observe.
When did you discover mobile photography?
Less than 1 year ago I would say. Before I used to shoot photos with a small digital camera, then I started taking images with the iPhone for a simple matter of practicality: I always have my smartphone in my pocket and I could immediately post photos on facebook and instagram and there was no need to have the camera always with me and then connect it to my PC. It is much faster and direct, I can capture the very moment without losing valuable seconds to turn on the camera to focus and deciding which option use. With the smartphone there is the freedom and no much concerns: you shoot and that’s it.
Later I can concetrate on post production (fixing the lights, contrast etc.) thanks to the numerous apps now available.
Did you discover your passion for photography through a smartphone or before with a different device?
I would say that my passion has developed thanks to the use of the smartphone.
As I said, I used to take images with a tiny digital camera but I was unable to capture and express the beauty of things, in the moment I wanted. Instead, taking photos with the iPhone allows me to find what I was missing in my photos and then I started to explore this passion more seriously and methodically.
When you think about mobile photography and its potentility, what does come first to your mind?
It’s much simpler and faster using a smartphone as well as convenient.
It allows you to take pictures, edit and share them anytime, anywhere.
Do you have any apps to suggest among the ones you normally use?
When it comes to special shots, I modify the details often through the app VSCOcam and sometimes I am retouching with Instagram. Recently, however, I am discovering the beauty of being able to make shots without having them to be “fixed”, but for the moment the shots in question are only those made outdoors and mostly landscapes. Emphasizing the natural colors and the light of the moment.
Tell us what is the main element or characteristic to which you dedicate more attention while you are shooting.
To be honest my shots are spontaneous. Sometimes they can seem built and studied but I do not really spend a lot of time behind a shot. I see something that strikes me, maybe a detail of an object or a landscape, an environment where I am and I start shooting.
I am not studying the composition but I pay attention to the light source.
This quickly and spontaneous way of shooting comes from the fact that I’m always “shy” when people see me making photos. So it is a bit like stealing the moment that I caught with the corner of my eye as I passed.
In this way the shot is alive, often representing things that I have noticed just myself and who was with me asks me when I took that picture.
When I walk my eyes are looking everywhere, but they are not looking for something to photograph, simply look at the beauty around me. I never go out looking for pictures. I never say “I go out for a couple of photos.” I would say that are the photos that come on my way when I least expect it, or maybe when I was out without the intent to photograph.