Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
My name is Michele Tassinari and I’m 42 years old. I live in Italy (Finale Emilia so close to Modena and Bologna). I am employed in a graphic design studio, I deal with photographic productions.
How did you get started doing what you do?
I started taking pictures after I was given a toy camera. From there it was pure love for photography. I hope not to disappoint this important art form and observation!
How would you describe your style?
Simple, full of flaws but poetic, I think.
What’s your inspiration?
First of all, the sun and the light that surrounds our every day landscapes and things in general. That and movies, movies and movies….
What is art to you?
Expression of sensibility. Everything that you want to communicate to others.
How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
Just enough time for one click! And the time required to develop and print my photos, of course. Working exclusively in analog.
How do you keep motivated?
Be curious, always…
How have your surroundings influenced your work?
Constantly and I make sure that my eyes are able to see more things as possible.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
Entertain and make people linger while stimulating their beautiful thoughts.
Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
I need words of wisdom for me as well!
What are your thoughts on art school?
Necessary to process and accumulate knowledge. Knowledge removes man from fear and ignorance. Education is a sacred right for every human being and art is essential to better understanding the processes that have accompanied and will accompany the evolution of human behavior.
Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
Many and I’m trying to order them. I will keep you updated.
What’s your dream project?
It has partly came true. I work with my best friends and every day we try to always do our best.
What art supplies do you use?
Expired Kodak films.
How could the art industry become better in your opinion?
If I think of the condition of art in Italy… well I would have to say… in a negative way… But things are changing here. In general I think it’s important to give space to all those who really have something to say, create less competition that could prove unproductive and jam any individual creative process. And social media are also used for this, no?
This is my opinion, however…
Any other artists that you would like to recommend for others to check out as well?
Derek Jarman, always.