1. Dear Marco, three words to depict who you are
M: A human walking the world in search for beauty.
2. Three words to tell us about your artistic work
3. The very first time you realized what you do is something you cannot do without
M: When I found out that photography can be art. Regrettably, this occurred not long ago, and I am now 64.
4. What is fundamental for your art to take concrete shape?
M: The right balance between light and shadow.
5. The compliment that gave you the most of joy
M: One comment to my National Geographic Picture of the Day on April 12, 2014: “A simple cart framed many times is condensed with lovely color, making this a shot that is more than great. Its wonderful what the eyes of a human with a camera can see, and the going about of ‘getting it’.”
6. The customer to avoid
M: The anhedonic, an individual who is unable to feel and express pleasure.
7. The critique you cannot fight back
M: “You’re not professional”. Because it is true, I am not.
8. Art and food feed people (in different ways, I agree). What is your favorite food?
M: Anything with red pepper, as life must be spicy to be worth living.
9. If your creative pleasure was a food, what would it be?
M: A fish couscous the way it is cooked in Trapani, Sicily, a delicious mixture of the best Mediterranean spices and flavours, traditions, and cultures.
10. Whatever your next artistic project, if it was a dish what should it be?
M: A three-colored dish with white, black, and red, like a Greek salad with no cucumbers.
Thanks to Marco Parenti