My name is Francesco Gallo, known on Instagram as @francesco.__.gallo,
I am 36 years old, working in the communications sector, and live in Naples in Italy. I am happily married, and I have a beautiful little girl.
I discovered photography with my daughter, and meanwhile, friends and family, in love with the work done with her, asked me to be their children’s photographer, and I enthusiastically accepted. From here, I began to enter the world of Newborn photography.
As a self-taught, I studied and practised a lot, and with the little time available it was not easy at all.
I started buying props, accessories and photographic scenarios to always take unique photos. You can see some of my works here: https://www.facebook.com/MemoriesByFrancescoGallo
The world of the Newborn is always growing, and I hope to be able to participate in some workshops, improve again and maybe one day make it my profession. I took every single photo with the help and above all, the support of my beloved wife/assistant Gemma. Without her, I would not have done it.
With the pandemic, my Newborn photography stopped a bit, not having a studio, I didn’t feel like continuing to take pictures at home, risking the health of my family as well as that of the children.
After a rest period, I started shooting on the street: monuments, landscapes, objects, practically a bit of everything. I bought another camera body: the X-Pro2, and a few months ago, the 23mm f1.4 (which has now become my favourite lens), a perfect mix for many types of photography, especially for street photos and everyday use.
I’ve always liked analog photography, I love the texture and for me, it conveys more emotions. For this reason, when I work on my photos with both Lightroom and Capture One, I try to get closer to those colours, that kind of grain, the old films that inspire me.
Later, while studying, I discovered the film simulation recipes from https://fujixweekly.com. They are fantastic, I highly recommend them. So I spend more time shooting around than at home editing, and by now, 90% of my photos are taken with these recipes. I love them, and over time I have created my own film simulation, it is called “LUX” and is inspired by my daughter Dahlia Luce. Fixated by the colours of the films, I then started shooting in analog.
“Olympus mju2” was the first analog camera, a point and shoot. Then I also went here to Fuji, and now I have a Fujica STX-1 with a 50mm and a 200mm, and recently they gave me a medium format: Fujica GW690. I’m still studying the camera, and I hope to take some pictures with it as soon as possible.
I don’t have a film preference to date, because I haven’t tried them all so I wouldn’t be able to choose, but I can say that each film has its own charm.
I have many projects in mind and a great desire to travel with my family and shoot; whether it is film or digital, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is to have the memory of that day, of that place and with the people I love.
Thank you, Fuji X Passion Magazine, for giving me the opportunity to talk about my work in this article.
“I am 36 years old, working in the communications sector, and live in Naples in Italy. I am happily married, and I have a beautiful little girl.”