DOMINGO NARDULLI is a Firenze, Italy based photographer. We talked with him about his editorial „THE WAR TRAVELOGUE“ and his work.
Your text „THE WAR TRAVELOGUE“ sounds serious and somewhat melancholy. Who is Giuseppe?
„The War Travelogue“ is born essentially from a journey into the memories.
When I was a child, on Sunday I used to have lunch at my grandparents‘ home and I remember that moment always my grandfather used to tell me about his past. Granddad Giuseppe was a soldier during the Second World War and those memories, the sensations that he felt in that experience never left him. Although at that time I didn’t give to his stories the proper meaning, today I understand how much they have marked him. I think it’s something of impossible to imagine and understand at our days.
So the theme of the war has always fascinated me and I wished for a long time to make something able to transmit its essence. With Marta Lenzi, the stylist, after several days of brain storming and search of documents, we tried to build a story, with the intention to caught firstly the sensations and the feelings of a young boy at his first war experience.
We spent more than one month planning every single detail but at the end we had already a definite nucleus of the photo shot. We choose the suitable location and the dresses to use. Basically the work is born thanks to the strong contribution of each single person of the team, although working with no budget. Very important it has been the work of post-production made by Fabio Santoro too.
The proper choice of the colors to give to the photos and the adding of details to them has contributed to enhance our intention to convey the sensations and the taste of those moments. Also the cover we choose for the project represents the essence of the life of those days, spent walking and refuging in the Emilian countryside.
How did it come that you developed a passion for photography?
My passion for photography was born when I didn’t know anything about it. My first camera was a toy, a toy you always remember about in your life and that I would love to give to my children as a gift one day. My passion came to world in that moment, I wasn’t even looking for it.
Actually that toy didn’t allow me to take real pictures, because it kind of deceived me: I thought I could take real pictures, but I was wrong. However I guess the fact of being aware that the pictures I saw through the lens weren’t mine, but someone else’s, increased the desire, the curiosity most of all, to take pictures with my own hands and when I did made it, I just figured out photography would lead the way in my life.
Beyond this funny story that I wanted to share with you and that make me smiling in remembering, the photography is appeared casually several times in various moments of my life. For example, I remember when I was doing my military service a marshal of my regiment that had in his office an old collection camera. Every time I used to get in that office, my eyes were caught by that object, I was deeply fascinated by it and inside me I secretly wished to have it.
Today, looking back it’s like if everything was written already by the destiny, and in my subconsciousness it should necessarily converge to what today I am.
What do you like to express with your photography?
Lens bring an object into focus, my personal task is bringing my feelings into focus. I’d love to think that my eye is not just „my eye“, but the world’s eye, something that doesn’t just make me original, the odd one, different from the others. It can make me capable of letting the most ordinary things be highlighted and manifest to everyone else. Photography doesn’t simply reveal what I do see, but what the whole world see. I just try to make it prettier and more authentic.
Do you remember your first motif?
My first „real“ motif was a personal reinterpretation of the Sean Penn’s movie „Into the Wild“. I really loved the photography of that movie and I remember that after seeing it, I immediately threw down some ideas to develop what later would be my first job as editorial.
In the shoot, I tried to focus mainly on the feelings and moods of that lifestyle, away from the reality and the mundane life of everyday.
Thanks to the success of that service I realized that would be the fairest path to go on.
Who are your idols in photography?
My first cult figure ever was fashion photographer Leonardo Bigagli From Tuscany. He wasn’t just the first person who believed in my talent, he gave me a chance and he turned out to be a great teacher. He taught me how to look at a simple subject and, at the same time, how to give the proper relevance to them with a camera, . he showed me the best pictures I had ever looked at and he gave me the pleasure to get familiar with their photographers.
Unexpectedly I started out my career without any knowledge about the great photographers, the ones i feel so inspired by now, such as Christopher Kutner, Peter Lindbergh, Ellen Von Unwerth and David Lachapelle.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration, such as the idea of a subject for picture, doesn’t need a specific going-over. Everybody knows that when you constantly look for something without feeling it, every efforts turn out to be pointless. My inspiration comes out outright, when a distinctive feature, even the smallest one, catches my attention. As it communicates something to my mind, I picture it my head and it becomes clear. so that the only thing I can do is taking a picture.
What makes a good photo “a good photo” in your opinion?
In my point of view, what makes a picture a „good“ picture is when elements join together in a perfect mixture. Technique or beautiful subjects are not the fundamental ingredients for the perfect picture. A perfect form means nothing if it is not combined with the capability of communicate something.
I think you would find the best meanings if you look at the particular feature, although it can seem senseless and imperceptible, truth is unexpected things struck you most! and Surprises let a simple picture become something perfect.
What are your next plans? Is there any future project you would “die for”?
After this photographic project „The War Travelogue“ I studied carefully with all my staff and its success, else (we stay) always hungry for new projects that can inspire us and giving the audience a message that is get to the heart.
I do not like to plan ahead, or rather, I correct myself prefer to build it day by day.
What I am certain that anything will happen at the base there is a great desire to create and get involved.
This work experience has scored in my opinion, is the beginning of a new career path.
The intention is which ones to build new ideas that can engage and delight to those who will view and follow.