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Workflow Notes

Apr 26, 2020 - Giulia Parlato

My work is heavily researched and influenced by music and cinema which helps me to write down my shooting list. 


I like to have a very long shooting list to visualise the body of work in my head. Then I condense my shooting days, photographing uninterruptedly.  I start by taking the photos I had on my list and then I see how things can unfold. For “Diachronicles”, I took the images in a studio in London and on locations in Sicily but it varied. Sometimes something worked in an actual museum, other times I have used my garden. 


However, I’m able to produce the work I’m driven to, through contacting a lot of people, for official requests and research purposes and then engage with specialists during the shooting process, often including them in the frame. I have always found this part the most interesting in the end: to use image making to learn any random topic though direct experience and dialoguing. 


Usually, my process of making an image is really slow and constructed. I’m attached to that romantic idea of something extraordinary only happening for the camera, something that would have never took place otherwise. I also tend to work by taking things out of the frame, subtracting information. At the same time, I want to leave that percentage of accident which I have learned through the years to be so important. Even if staged, I aim for a photograph to express freedom and immediacy.


When possible, I play music loud when I photograph. The first image above for instance, was taken while listening to Familiar by Agnes Obel, which I’m attaching down here.