Mattia Passarini’s Photography is a journey around the world through his eyes. His work captures souls, feelings, experiences, colors… images that will make you feel like you are right there.
In a globalized world, Mattia shows us a parallel reality, that not even the most avid globetrotters know.
He’s just won the National Geographic Photo Contest 2016 and we’ve been so lucky to have a chance to speak with him about his most incredible experiences in remote areas.
I always tried to do what I like most, putting passion and dedication into my work, no matter if it was in office jobs or photography, so the mentality hasn’t changed just that I’m more outdoors now.
Photography is a fantastic tool that allows us to be able to relive moments of our own experiences. My career still hasn’t taken off, im still in the learning stage.
I never took any photography class or course, I like to learn more on the street instead of on the books; I learned a lot from different people I met during my trips, everyone can somehow teach and be a good mentor.
“I’ve feared for my life many times… most of my travels are in remote areas and the unexpected is always behind the corner, so I got used to dangerous situation and probably this is also one of the reasons why I like to go to these places, but in 2014 when I was arrested in DRC (for no reason) in a very remote area just outside the Ituri forest, well at that time I didn’t enjoy it much, I was scared. No phone connection, not able to speak the language and without knowing what would happen next… it was bad.”
I live photography as a way to open my eyes and my mind, and I travel to learn different cultures and traditions, so even my photos are probably not what I would like but I’m proud of all of them because each photo has its own personality and story behind, the difficulties to reach these people, the tough environment, the amazing culture and tradition, all this behind each photo, this make me proud of the photo I have taken.
Who’s the most fascinating person you’ve ever taken a photo of?
All of them are pretty interesting people but maybe the most fascinating people that I have met are the Yali tribe who live in a very remote area in West Papua, only reachable after 7 days by foot across the Yalimo mountain. These people are still very traditional and actually only a few “crazy” people per year decide to go there to see them.
Remote people and tribes are really incredible people, they know that it was not easy reaching them and sometimes, after spending a few hours with them I feel like I know them already, they way they see you is like when my mother sees me after one year.
From all the places you’ve been to, which are many, which one is your favorite?
I love all, but India and Pakistan are in my heart.
The most amazing experience I’ve ever had has been taking a bath with the sadhu in the Ganja river during the Kumbh Mela festival in India.
The memory that each photo holds, each time I look at them is like being there once again, it’s a great feeling.
What are the best and worst parts of travelling continuously?
The best part is that I’m all the time surrounded by new adventure, culture and people, but the worst is that I love my family so it’s difficult to see them with such limitated time.
My tv is always power OFF, I’m thinking to remove it from the leaving room to replace with a landscape photo.
Good photos are made in the camera not on the PS (Photoshop) or LR (Lightroom); think more shoot less.
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