Renan Facciolo shares his love for photography and explains that if you truly love what you are doing, anything can be overcome.
I believe that if you truly love what you do, there are no challenges.
TH: When did you begin to photograph?
Renan: In the beginning of 2007 when I realized that “This is what I want for my life!” I was with a friend at a rock band in Sao Paulo and the stage was right in front of me full of light and special effects. At the start of the show she gave me a simple camera and asked me to take some photos of the guys. I took the camera and started clicking, and when I came to myself the show was already over and I was ecstatic. This union of photography and music is the area that I most like.
TH: What are your main influences and inspirations?
Renan: Ansel Adams’ perfectionism, Richard Avedon’s irony, Robert Mapplethorpe’s forms, Robert Capa’s courage, and Annie Leibovitz’ look are my main inspirations. Of the photographers of our time, I have observed and learned much from the works of Martin Schoeller, David LaChapelle, Joey L, Danny North, and Dave Hill.
TH: What gives you the greatest pleasure to photograph?
Renan: Photographing bands’ shows and rehearsals and fashion. These are the main focus of my work, but I like working with various areas of photography. I enjoy all types of portraits, sport photographs, and still images.
Many people are going to say, “This area is complicated; there are too many people photographing.” But, in what field does competition not exist?
TH: What are the greatest challenges of your career?
Renan: I believe that if you truly love what you do, there are no challenges. It is possible to overcome any obstacle. One thing that I take with me daily is: practice, study, seek references, and maintain high levels of creativity– listening to music, traveling to unknown places, watching movies, and playing instruments all help in this area.
TH: What pieces of advice would you give to someone starting out as a photographer?
Renan: If you believe in your work and you love it, you will reach great levels. In the beginning, many people are going to say, “This area is complicated; there are too many people photographing.” But, in what field does competition not exist? If you photograph with love and with sincerity, you will go far. Close your ears to what others may say.
Renan was the highest voted photographer in the Roger Water’s campaign at Talenthouse. Congratulations Renan!
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