5fives with Antonella Guarracino

Meet Antonella (such a beautiful name)! She’s a Dublin-based Italian girl starting out on her photographic journey – she uses a variety of cameras (film and digital) to capture wonderful images of her life and travels.

Website |  Flickr | Instagram | Twitter

Where are your top 5 locations you’ve been with your camera?

  1. Dublin. This is the city where I’ve been living for the past six years and the one I’ll never get tired of shooting.
  2. Rome. I lived there for seven years before moving to Ireland. I find it extremely challenging because every time I go back (at least two times a year) I look at it with different eyes.
  3. Lisbon. I immediately fall in love with its gentle calming light.
  4. Oxford. It was such a joy to wander around it in November with a medium format camera in my hands.
  5. Berlin. Every time I’m there I’m in a Black and White kind of mood.

lisbon Lisbon, Praça do Comércio | Canon 550D

berlin Somewhere in Mitte, Berlin | Canon PowerShot G5

roma winter sky Rome, Winter Sky | Voigtländer Vitoret DR

oxford Christ Church Meadow, Oxford | Yashica Mat-124G

What are the top 5 things you wanted to be when you grew up?

  1. Vet (I still have an insane love for animals, especially dogs)
  2. Lawyer (the kind that provides free legal help for the poor)
  3. Bridge Engineer (I had a bit of a thing for bridges)
  4. Crime novel writer (I even started writing one in my teenage years)
  5. Teacher (I’m getting there…)

Love by James Deutsher Love by James Deutsher | Canon 550D

Who are the top 5 photographer that you admire?

This is a very tough one because there are so many but I’ll try…

  1. Gabriele Basilico
  2. Luisa Lambri
  3. Anne Schwalbe
  4. Elina Brotherus
  5. Mary Foulkes

agrigento Hermanos | Canon EOS 550D

What are your top 5 tips for budding photographers?

I still consider myself a beginner so I’ll share a few tips I follow…

  1. Read (or re-read) the manual of your camera in order to know it inside-out.
  2. Train your eye looking carefully at what’s around you.
  3. Take photos regularly.
  4. Break out of your comfort zone and try something fresh.
  5. Find your own voice.

Siracusa Siracusa, Courtyard – Camera: DianaF+

Which are your top 5 books?

  1. Why People Photograph by Robert Adams
  2. Suburbia by Bill Owens
  3. The Genius of Photography by Gerry Badger
  4. Italy: Cross Sections of a Country by Gabriele Basilico and Stefano Boeri
  5. The Rain Before It Falls by Jonathan Coe (this one is a novel and I’ve included it here because the story revolves around twenty photographs that represent a family’s history)

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    3 July 2012 at 10:04

    I’d not heard of lots of those photographers in your top 5 – I love discovering new inspiration!

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    3 July 2012 at 10:05

    nice one – keep up the good work!!!!!

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    3 July 2012 at 15:53

    Great lists, I love Antonella. I’d love to go to Lisdon and photograph Oxford too.

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    7 July 2012 at 11:05

    Angie, thanks for featuring me in your blog and girls, thanks for all the nice comments! Sorry it took me so long to do so but it has been a crazy crazy week!

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