Interview with Argentinian Travel Photographer, Buenos Aires

  • Posted: 09.03.2022
  • Buenos Aires Photographer

    1) A bit about yourself and how did you become a photographer and travel guide, how and when did you start your career?

    I started having an interest in photography from a very young age, with an old Polaroid camera, shooting at home. This initial interest turned into a passion during one of my first trips: the possibility to get closer to other cultures through the camera seemed to me something extraordinary. So over time I specialized in travel photography, perfecting my photographic eye and learning more and more about this broad genre of photography through study and experience.

    2) How has photography changed the world and what does photography mean to you?

    Photography is a visual art, it is used to communicate something, to convey a message, an emotion. Digital technology has opened up the possibility of approaching photography to a much larger number of people than in the past. Everyone today has the ability to show their own reality and vision, helping to build a more connected, more open world.

    For me, photography is a source of inspiration. I have a lot of fun photographing while traveling, I know beautiful places, I meet interesting people and freeze these moments into time with my camera. Back home, when I look at the photos, I have a good sensation, I feel that I have spent my time and resources in the right way. I'm happy with what I do and really hope that my images convey a desire to travel and discover.

    3) What do you like most about being a portrait photographer?

    What I like most about portraits is the possibility of interacting with different subjects. It is certainly not the easiest photographic genre, in fact, in addition to the light, there are many other factors to take into account, the pose, the lens we are using, what we want to communicate. For me it is important to connect with the person being portrayed, to make them feel at ease, to get a natural, spontaneous photo.

    Buenos Aires Photographer

    Photo: © Nicholas Tinelli

    4) What are the most common nuances during a travel photo shoots?

    When traveling, you have to adapt to a variety of situations and work with the equipment you have available.

    If possible I try to make the most of natural light, without using flash, to avoid wasting time. But sometimes artificial light can make all the difference in a portrait session.

    5) What kind of photo tours do you lead in Buenos Aires?

    In Buenos Aires I organize portrait sessions and photo tours. During the tours I accompany photography enthusiasts to discover places I regularly visit in the city as a local photographer, from terraces with panoramic views of the city to the colorful and lively neighborhoods of San Telmo and La Boca, the historic buildings of the city center, always during the best light hours of the day.

    These activities are thought for photographers of any level: from beginners to advanced, and can be personalised to the client needs.

    I also offer a tango photography session: 2 hours of photography with a couple of professional dancers on hand in some of the most beautiful places in the city.

    A unique experience in the mecca of tango.

    Buenos Aires Photographer

    Photo: © Nicholas Tinelli

    6) What lenses do you use for travel photography?

    For a weight matter I prefer quality zoom optics to prime.

    I always carry a 24-70mm, a 70-200mm and a 2x tele converter, mounted on a Full-Frame. With these focal lengths I cover most situations I encounter while traveling.

    Buenos Aires Photographer

    Photo: © Nicholas Tinelli

    7) How do you assess the relationship between cultural heritage and tourism?

    It is critical to preserve our cultural heritage. Most people who visit Buenos Aires are enchanted by the historic buildings downtown, colonial architecture that is the backbone of the city's heritage and fuels national and international tourism. But not only that, also the art of "Fileteado", the Tango, the culture of Mate. All symbols that identify Argentina's culture in the world.

    8) During photography you see many different places, how much do you think the nature, architecture, influences the formation of personality, character?

    I believe that when we travel, character and personality are forged above all by the experiences we have and the people we meet.

    If you travel with an open mind, with a desire to know, you never stop learning.

    Buenos Aires Photographer

    Photo: © Nicholas Tinelli

    9) What would you recommend for upcoming photographers?

    Training the photographic eye requires study and time. For those who want to devote themselves professionally to photography I recommend gradually build an effective portfolio and present themselves well, through a web page and social networks.

    A good presentation always makes a difference.

    On my web page I wrote a detailed article on "How to be a travel photographer". A complete guide with useful tips for aspiring photographers.

    Buenos Aires Photographer

    Photo: © Nicholas Tinelli

    10) Which cities do you remember the most from your travels? (except Argentina)

    Myanmar is one of the places that fascinated me the most.I remember from that trip an incredible view of Kandawgyi Lake and Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset in Yangon. The scene was so beautiful that it didn't seem real.

    Bologna (Italy), the city of porticos, is another one of my favorite places. I highly recommend visiting it, taking the walk from the center to the church of San Luca, walking around Piazza Maggiore, Viale Indipendenza, getting lost in its narrow alleys. A place that I always carry in my heart.

    I also have good memories of Seville (Spain), a splendid city, full of culture, tradition, flamenco, orange trees. A pearl of Andalusia.

    Buenos Aires Photographer

    Photo: © Nicholas Tinelli

    11) TOP 6 things to do in Buenos Aires until leave :)

    If I were to visit Buenos Aires with little time to spare and choose 6 places in particular I would not want to miss:
    1. A visit to the eclectic Palacio Barolo, designed by architect Mario Palanti, with a panoramic view of Congress Square.
    2. The colors of La Boca and the lively street artists that populate the Caminito
    3. One of the most beautiful bookstores in the world: the Ateneo Gran Splendid
    4. The Obelisk seen from Avenida Corrientes
    5. The magnificent Teatro Colón Opera House
    6. The Plaza de Mayo, the most important square in the city, where the Casa Rosada and the Cabildo Museum are located.

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    It was big interview and absolutely great, it’s a honor to have an opportunity interview with Nicholas from Buenos Aires, thanks!!