Image Credits: Antonio Baiano © Ferdinando Caretto.
From guitar to camera.
I am from Naples and I’m 56 years old, I have been living in Turin since 1990 when I moved for my job. I am graduated in engineering, and I have always had a great passion for music and fine arts. I have a brother and a sister, both classical musicians that imparted to me, besides the love for music, the sense for its depth and richness. Then, a very dear friend, that unfortunately passed away, further enriched my musical world with jazz and especially rock. I also love very much Brazilian music that I feel very close to my emotions.
I started to shoot jazz a little by chance in the second half of the 90’s, as if it could compensate when I gave up on studying guitar and lute. The freedom jazz musicians enjoy on stage has always made me wish to participate in this through photography. The other great passion I have is reportage photography, I like to tell stories through my images.
A funny episode took place last year, during the Alba Jazz Festival. During Peter Erskine’s soundcheck, Kenny Werner on piano plays some notes of “Torna a Surriento” and, as I’m from Naples, this really moves me! I walk on stage for taking some pictures, I get closer to Werner and I mention the tune he was previously playing; he starts to play it, I start to sing it, and he follows me by accompanying me! Mad rush!
Basically, to have a suitable technical training as far as technical parameters are concerned but, to me, it is fundamental to know the works of the photographers who made the history of photography, as the quality of a picture also depends on the photographer’s culture. Also knowing about painting is a part of this. Furthermore, the ethical aspect is important as respecting musicians, audience and the other photographers is necessary for the category credibility.
I have always worked with Nikon. My first camera was my father’s Nikon F. Presently, I switched to mirrorless. For concerts I mainly use an Olympus EM1-II; they’re lighter and they allow me to shoot without making any noise, which is a very important thing in some situations.
As I have this passion for reportage photography, I wish I’d shot the pictures William Claxton took of the musicians off stage, they really describe those musicians’ ambience in a very unique way, they make it live. And then Guido Harari’s portraits!