Romina Greggio graduated from IUAV and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, majoring in Teaching History and Technique of Photography. She’s a photography teacher and a publicist. She worked for photography agencies and magazines.
Romina has been the photo editor of the cultural newspaper “nonsolocinema.com” since 2006. The job gave her the opportunity to follow several cultural events, for examples: cinema awards and festival, art and architecture exibitions at Venice Biennale, Doge’s Ball, Venice Carnival, film premiere, MTV Awards, Venice Music Awards, Wind Music Awards, Heineken Jammin’ Festival, events at Triennale of Milan, Berlinale Film Festival, Roma Film Festival, Giro d’Italia (an important bike race), concerts and many other exciting experiences. In 1997, when Romina was still a student, she founded the cultural association “archcinefoto.org” which is part of IUAV and deals with photographic art.
Venice, March 2017. When I took this picture I was thinking about the spring, a so colored and bright season. I chose a mirror to enhance the depth of field and to reflect a rose lit up by a soft light coming from the window.
Hello Romina, we’re happy you’ve accepted to participate in our interview.
How and when did you start becoming interested in mobile photography?
Since I was a child, I used to take with me a compact camera. I had a 35mm film compact camera at first, then I went to a digital one. I love the idea that the camera is integrated into the smartphone, because I can shoot at any time.
A beach in the Province of Venice, September 2016. It was a splendid sunny day in September and the beach was deserted, no people, just few umbrellas on the right and an isolated beach hut. This landscape spreads calm, but, at the same time, the message that autumn was coming.
What model of smartphone do you use?
I own a Huawei P9 right ow. I choose the smartphone according to the built-in camera.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
I shoot things that I like. I hope my pictures infuse people with positive energies and calm, without considering subjects and technique. Even when I need to take pictures closer to reality, I always try to give an artistic and joyful side.
Berlin, February 2017. The wall painting, well designed on the subway access stairs, drew my attention immediately: it was lit up by a white light at the top and by a warm light at the bottom creating a 3D contrast. I chose to shoot standing in front of the stairs to highlight and make the picture clearer. I waited ten minutes to take the shot with few people. This detail was important because those two persons help to enliven the image, and to balance and read the proportions.
How do you describe your style?
I’m inspired from several things. I let the moments of life generate emotions. And that’s when I decide to take a picture.
Your portfolio shows several shots of Venice and its Carnival, could you tell us what you liked mostly?
I live in the Province of Venice, but Venice is like home to me. I always thought that Carnival is very engaging. I seem to live in a surreal, colored, magical world. When I go to this event, I don’t plan, I apply the philosophy of “carpe diem”.
You also took photos of european cities and the beauty sector. Are they topics which you are interested in or did you choose them just to experience something different?
I shoot what arouses my curiosity and draws my attention. I don’t use to give titles to my photos. I’d rather have people look at the pictures and imagine their own description, that will be always different, from person to person.
Madrid, December 2016. I chose a down-top view, being close to the building, to emphasize the legs coming out of window. I decided to focus on them to draw immediately the attention and get an ironic photo.
Do you have favorite subjects? Or a favorite genre of photography?
I like very much events photojournalism, but, when I’m not working, I shoot anything I think it’s inspiring. I recognize the value of the digital tools, but, sometimes, I enjoy using the SLR, the darkroom and the instant films.
Aquarium in Berlin, February 2016. I took this shot late in the evening because I wanted to be sure I didn’t have reflected lights bothering the image. I tried several framing as long as I could remove all the glares. I also waited ten minutes before the fishes started moving and created an interesting composition.
Do you use any app to post produce your images?
I was lucky enough to attend many photography courses at the Venice University and one of my professors was Italo Zannier, when there was only the film. Therefore, I try getting the final result at once. I post produce my pictures just little, but I think the photo retouching, both digital and manual, is a further opportunity of self-expression. Sometimes, I use Photoshop or Instagram just to enhance some little detail or the focus.
Madrid, December 2016. I chose to capture the four towers of Madrid. I tilted the smartphone to change the perspective: thanks to the wide angle, I could warp the straight lines of three buildings and prevent they created a heavy effect. Another help came from putting in the foreground the only building designed with sinuous lines.
Are you currently working on a particular project?
Yes, I’m working on several projects, both personal and professional. I usually choose a topic or a technique, which I pursue for a long time, even for years, until I come up with a new idea.
Thank you very much Romina and keep us updated on festival and awards!