Guglielmo Cherchi was born, studied and lives in Cagliari (Italy). He got a Languages Degree and works as insurer. Guglielmo loves collecting vinyl records and shooting. When he has enough spare time, he writes and works as editor for a cultural biannual magazine, Robida.
Hello Guglielmo, thanks for accepting the interview.
When did you start with mobile photography?
I’ve been always keen on photography. I took my first pictures when I was six years old. In those days, I was getting to know what shooting means and I did it with my mother’s Yashica camera (clearly an SLR camera). Only when I was twelve, I received a camera for myself.
The undertow coming after days of intense Scirocco’s activity floods Poetto beach, at Cagliari (Italy). It goes on even for a week, consuming most of the sandy shores. The structure coming out the sea is the so-called “rotonda” of a seaside resort. The picture is grey, cold, damp, and, in this case too, I post produce it very little.
Many of the images we chose for this article show landscapes and most of the shots in your portfolio are focused on this subject. Is it your favorite?
I would like to take more portraits, but, sadly, I fear that’s a kind of photography for which I don’t have flair. I don’t like very much macro photography, whereas I want to dedicate myself to interior and architectural photography more deeply.
What’s your aim when you take a shot?
Often, the scene I shoot, the angle I capture reflect my emotional state of that moment. In fact, I can’t define myself a compulsive photographer: if what I’m watching isn’t connected with my mood, I don’t shoot it.
Venice is reach of streams and canals and it’s easy to come across alleys without meeting any tourist. How could I communicate the peaceful atmosphere of that place without capturing the empty seats of a gondola? I also liked the chromatic difference between the red/fuchsia color (the pillow cases) and the water turquoise. I liked the composition too: it’s divided on several levels, gondola, water, canal side, pier, houses. Wherever is possible I try capturing the symmetry.
What are the three adjectives which best describe your photography style?
Slow, rational, quiet.
It’s Poetto beach (Italy), at the beginning of the spring. The centre of the picture shows the “Sella del Diavolo” (Devil’s Pass), on the right three old maritime pines are bent by the wind and act as peace guardians. This image presents just few elements and they are well spread. They fill not more than half the scene.
What are the most important elements in a composition for you?
Half the time I focus my attention on the symmetry or, by the way, on perceiving and capturing a sort of basic order. I always try making the elements minimally invasive in the compositions, letting some “empty” space in the frames.
It’s a string quartet performing a concert at the Opera House of Cagliari (Italy). My seat was on the side and this position offered a particular perspective: I liked the idea of isolating the musicians on the lower left, at the margins, and letting them brightly enlightened, in opposition to the prevalent darkness of the theater. I focused the shot on the quartet darkening the rest of the picture because I wanted to ideally isolate the music.
What smartphone do you use? And do you post produce your images?
I used an iPhone 5 till December, 2016. Then I switched to a 6S. I post produce the photos very little: usually, I just trim the borders and apply some filter, but never working on contrast and exposure directly. I only use VSCO.
It’s a blaze which burnt and destroyed a part of the Molentargius Regional Park, in the municipality of Quartu Sant’Elena (Italy). I took this picture just before the firefighters arrived and it shows very high flames, increased by an intense northwest wind. Unfortunately, the fires are very common on island of Sardinia and through this shot I wanted to capture the drama of this kind of events. It even destroyed a fragile ecosystem, hosting a large colony of pink flamingos too.
Thanks a lot Guglielmo, keep shooting and don’t stop trying portrait photography!