Guestagrammer of the Week: Nicholas Pinto
Momenta welcomes this week’s guestagrammer, Nicholas Pinto!
Current job: Freelance Photographer
Current location: Chicago, IL
Connection to Momenta: Project New Orleans 2015 Alum
Tell us about your journey as an image-maker and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up, I could not have imagined that photography would play such an important part of my life. It was not until my mid-20s, after getting out of the military, that I began to explore this “new” world. From the start of my journey in my first black and white film photo class, I fell in love with photography. Taking that first photo class immediately gave me something special I had not experienced before, and I was seeing the world in a fresh new way. I went on to my other courses in psychology, but photography stuck with me. Anywhere I went I would see images. I ended up at Columbia College where I finished my Bachelors Degree in Photography and graduated in 2007. After school, I did what most people do and looked for ways to work and earn a living. I spent the next several years working as a graphic designer. That was a great experience and during that time I continued to shoot. After leaving that position I started shooting more often, working on projects and slowly my passion was being fed again. I have been working as a freelance photographer/designer in the great city of Chicago ever since.
What stories or issues are you most passionate about covering?
I am most passionate about covering stories about unknowns and underdogs. People that are honest and open and have no reservation in sharing personal stories with the world are the ones I gravitate to the most. Working with subjects that are often overlooked becomes more about personal stories and a responsibility to tell someones story correctly. In these cases the photograph becomes almost secondary. I have spent a majority of my documentary work covering homeless populations and others labeled “squatters.”
Where do you look for inspiration for your work: books, movies, authors, photographers, art, certain people?
I find inspiration in many places. For instant motivation, going to see a great show always works. Photo books are also a great resource. Documentary movies, concerts, podcasts and great conversations also keep the creative fire burning.
What social media or news feeds do you follow regularly?
What is one passion you have outside of photography that might come as a surprise to our readers?
I love riding my moped.
What can we expect to see next week from your “guestagramming” on our Momenta Instagram account?
This week I will be posting images from “Portraits of Nola,” a series I shot while with Momenta in New Orleans earlier this year.
#seizethemomenta, and follow @momentaworkshops on Instagram June 21 – 27 to see Nicholas’ dazzling imagery!
About the author…
Manuela Marin Salcedo
Manuela Marin Salcedo is a research and development team member and content developer at Momenta Workshops. Her expertise is in visual communications and social media.