This Texas-born photographer just recently moved to Athens. His inspiring work amazed us from the very first moment because you can feel that Arguello shares a real passion for photography. He is always on the road and enjoys exploring the unknown. His life philosophy is simple but effective and in this interview, he tells all about it. You will get to know Marco from a different perspective and learn more about the creative process behind his photographs.
Hey Marco! Welcome to our magazine! How did you get into photography? What encouraged you to embark on this photographic journey?
Thank you so much for having me. I began taking photographs in my early 20’s as a hobby during holidays, and it slowly morphed into what it is today. It started to grow more serious when a friend introduced me to the beautiful art side of things, showing me artists like Stephen Shore, Nan Goldin, just to name a few from the American end of things.
When did you take your very first photo? How much has changed since then regarding your photographic style?
Probably a disposable camera a long, long time ago before I even purchased my first camera. It was most likely terrible.
Can you guide us through your creative process? How do you get inspired?
My creative process involves a lot of wandering and observing. I take long walks for hours at a time looking for people, places, and details that appeal to me. Often, I come back home without having fired the shutter, but that doesn’t bother me too much. Just being out there gives me great pleasure. New places, like when I travel, inspire me a lot. I have a high affinity for colorful and sunny destinations.
In your opinion, what makes photography such a powerful medium?
I think my favorite thing about photography is that you can create your reality.
You've also had the pleasure of traveling to many beautiful destinations. What are some of the most precious things you learned about yourself during these travels?
Probably the most important thing is that we don’t need too much to survive and be happy. It sounds like a Western travel cliché, but it’s true. I’m not saying I'm a monk or anything, I enjoy beautiful things just like anyone else, but I've learned to scale back. The second (which ties into the first) is to learn a bit of perspective when things aren’t “going your way.” Unless it a severe problem like health issues, step back and assess if your first world problem warrants such anxiety.
You've managed to establish an authentic style of photography. Is there anything you wish you had known before you started out as a photographer?
The most significant piece of advice that I wish I had known early on is to try to find your voice and work tirelessly at it. The worst thing is to try and be a jack-of-all-trades.
Can you describe a day in the life of Marco Arguello?
I previously had a nine-to-five job at an ad agency and little time to photograph. I’ve now taken the plunge to freelance full time and my days currently consist of going out and taking photographs mixed in with sitting in front of my laptop and spamming photo editors around the world.
What is the next destination you plan on visiting? Can we expect more inspiring work from you soon?
At the moment I have no immediate plans to visit anywhere, but Mongolia, Namibia, parts of Western Africa are on the top of my list. I hope to share some more work very soon!