photographer spotlight: francesca tallone

I love photography that drifts away from the usual portrait or still photography. I love photography that pushes the limits of creativity. Francesca Tallone does just that with her art. she loves blurry images, she loves the stuff that we don’t always see, and she loves to create moods with her photos. she is one of the fantastic artists featured in the third issue of Lines and Shapes, Gather. her series is so lovely. I first “met” Francesca when we both realized that we’d been doing our photo a day project to celebrate our champagne birthdays. she has been taking her self portraits using photobooth on her Mac. check out her portfolio and flickr stream and get ready for some inspiration!


what first sparked your interest in photography:
I took pictures like a normal kid during a cross-country move when I was 7, but didn’t really think about it as something I could or really wanted to do full-time until well after highschool. Photography, and all art really, was a huge part of my childhood, so it seemed like a natural course. what was your first camera:
I used my parents’ Kodak Instamatic during said cross-country move, but the first camera I really owned and used constantly was a Pentax K1000 that I got at a swapmeet in San Francisco for $100.
{editor’s note: the photo below is quite possibly one of my favorite photos ever. I love love love all those lines!}favorite thing to photograph:
Life, in varying degrees and levels of active cooperation favorite artist/photographer:
This is an unfair question and you know it, Aly! I have to say pick a letter somewhere between A and Z and I probably love an artist or photographer whose name starts with it. most memorable advice you’ve been given:
It’s not specifically advice, but my parents have always been super supportive of me in whatever I’ve decided to do, even if it’s really kind of a wacky idea. advice you’d give starting or aspiring photographers:
Shoot all the time. Whatever you want to, just do it a lot. Sometimes you’re lucky and get amazing pictures right off the bat but sometimes it takes a few dozen to get what you want. Sometimes the best pictures are ones you don’t expect. favorite color:
I’ve always loved the secondaries and tertiaries: greys, browns, ochres. Aubergine. Also, black and white. if you could eat only one thing:
Strawberries I think. Can I have whip cream too with that? something you can’t live without:
Collecting everything. on repeat from your headphones:
Lately: Woods, Millionaire by Kelis, The Antique Phonograph Music Program on WFMU. what inspires you:
The most generic answer ever: EVERYTHING.

9 Responses to “photographer spotlight: francesca tallone”

  1. jo said:

    i have enjoyed this photographer spotlight sooo much! thank you for the introduction to francesca :)

  2. ambika said:

    Oh my gosh, such gorgeous, ethereal work. Fantastic interview.

  3. Joanna Goddard said:

    what a great one. she is such a talent. thank you!!

  4. debbie said:

    best post ever…love that corner picture :)

  5. pia said:

    stunning work. another great spotlight alyson!

  6. tinalovely said:

    Francesca is one of my favorite friends.. it is very sweet to see people adore her work, she is very lovely and extremely talented.

  7. Amy Nieto said:

    wow. simply simply simply wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow WOW.