Food Photographer Francesco Nacchia on Being Colorblind

All images by Francesco Nacchia. Used with permission.

Photographer Francesco Nacchia lives in Salerno, Italy. He’s 30 years old, has a Law degree and is a FIFA players’ agent. When he’s not all caught up in his job, he muses over photography. He loves Oscar Wilde, Dostoevsky and the films of Fellini. When you look at his images, you start to notice something very particular: they’re not lie many of the others out there with a super high emphasis on lifestyle points of views. Instead, they’re almost as if they were painted.

One of the reasons for this is because Francesco is color blind. I found his work with the help of the editors over at EyeEm, and when checking out his profile you can see a very particular style in his work. As a result, his workis very much about tones, shapes and contrast.

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Phoblographer: Talk to us about how you got into photography.

Francesco: My passion for photography was born as a hobby; I didn’t think that over time I could have so many followers, but now I think it’s the only way I can stop time and memories, when I shoot I feel free and find peace with my camera.

Phoblographer: What made you want to get into food photography?

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Francesco: I began photographing food by accident, I found the interesting color combinations and I started to try many different compositions with fruits and colorful dishes, the result always surprises me, now I use very deep shadows that wrap around objects as Caravaggio did.

Phoblographer: Your food images are very varied. Some are painterly, some are lifestyle, some are minimal. What typically makes you choose one style over another?

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Francesco: I don’t have a definite style, or at least I have not found one I like, so I often change according to the exposure of the photo or according to the subject that I want to photograph.

Phoblographer: You tend to keep the colors very simple. Do you feel that too much color can be distracting at all?

Francesco: Well, it’s probably a source of distraction for me because I’m color blind and do not recognize the colors so I prefer to use neutral colors that capture attention.

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Phoblographer: So where do you want your photography to be in one year in terms of skill and outreach? How do you plan on getting there.

Francesco: I don’t know where I’ll be in a year, my goal is to constantly improve the way I take pictures, I hope to always have new challenges that help me to grow up and take me to new heights. In the futurem I would like to exhibit my photographs.

Phoblographer: How do you feel EyeEm works for you vs other apps like Instagram, VSCO, etc?

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Francesco: I think EyeEm is the most comprehensive app in the store, anyone who wants to approach the amateur photography or professional can feel at home, this app allows you to edit photos and interact with other people and then gives you the possibility to sell your photos , I love it.

Phoblographer: Talk to us about the gear that you use.

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Francesco: Usually I use and ipPone 6 but for food photography I prefer to use the SLR Canon EOS 1200d.

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