In this showcase series we feature the Prague street photography of Marco Marotto.
Hi Marco, can you tell us how you got started in photography?
I am a freelance designer born in Rome thirty years ago. After graduating in industrial design I have worked for six years in an architectural firm in Rome. In the meantime, I have joined my other passion which now has joined and intertwined with my work: photography.
I attended for 3 years a school of photography in Rome where I have refined the technique and I opened my mind to new creative possibilities. I love photography, it’s my preferred way to express myself, maybe because I do not speak much.
Can you tell us more about this Prague street series?
I love to travel. Discover new places. Meet new people. Getting in touch with other cultures. Before leaving for Prague I was clear in my mind the image of the Charles Bridge, that “threatening” with its statues, greets people in the city.
However after a few days you can realize that the appearance “hard” of the city with its Gothic style is at odds with the people, courteous and polite, and willing to share with others their experiences.
What equipment do you use for your photography?
I started shooting with a Nikon EM film after I switched to Canon and Nikon digital SLRs. Now I have two years a Leica M9 with a 50mm and a 28mm. I think this camera is the perfect synthesis between quality and discretion. I find the 50mm is perfect for me, it leaves you at the right distance from the subject in most cases.
I’ve only had this lens for about a year but then I took a 28mm for use in those situations where you need to make people feel within the scene.
Do you have a new series planned for the near future?
The next trip will be Cuba. I am excited and can not wait to document with my own eyes a country rich in history and culture. However, I believe that the important thing is not so much the country you visit, but the eyes with which you look at it.
Photophique has express permission to publish these images and Marco Marotto retains full copyright to all photographs featured in this Prague street photography series.