I usually interview artists in their studio, but Gabe DiNino doesn’t have one. I chatted with Gabe about his work and upcoming show at Graphic Emporium.
Tell us about the space where you work.
Adam, if you really wanted to, we could have met on the top of a mountain somewhere while I was taking some pictures. Ha Ha. Yeah, my studio is pretty much my room. I know Photoshop is a big part of photography now to assist and aid with loose ends. I’m not a genius with Photoshop and editing so I don’t spend much time with it. I have taught myself to try and take the most natural, best-looking shot right from the camera, which seems like the most logical thing to do, right? I believe my work space is where I take pictures, if I would even call it work. If I am taking pictures of a garbage can then that is where I am working. If I am taking pictures of a sunset then that is where I am working, you know.
What got you into photography in the first place?
I have been into art my whole life, drawing, painting and things like that. I think I really just stumbled into photography with an interest in how a DSLR camera works. I love how much manual control I have over the camera vs. a point-and-shoot. It was definitely another great way to express my artistic ability.
You’re a young guy. When did you start taking pictures?
I have been taking pictures since I can remember, but I don’t think that’s what I would consider “taking pictures.” When I purchased my DSLR, I really started getting into photography. Probably two to three years ago.
Your images are, on the surface, very familiar and inviting. But spending more time with them, many of them feel … not dark, but very lonely. Give us some insight into this.
Lonely, huh? I’m glad they are inviting, but I don’t feel loneliness. I can see how some photos might show that, but it is just how each individual looks and interprets the photo.
What are some of your favorite subjects?
My favorite type of photography is action/sport photography: motocross, biking, things like that. I also love taking night shots, doing long exposures and getting creative with light.
Why do those resonate with you?
Action photography is the most interesting to me because I get to get up close with the sport. I ride downhill mountain bikes and work with motorcycles at work. Being able to be only a couple feet away from the action is such a thrill and to be able to capture those amazing moments is awesome. It’s the fast-paced side of photography, always on my toes, looking for the best shot. Everything goes by so fast, and if you miss one second, it is gone forever. And of course people love getting there pictures taken when they are doing the sport they love. They always come up to me and ask me to send them pictures and look at them.
What can we expect from your show at Graphic Emporium?
As much as I love the action and excitement of photography, this isn’t what I will be showing. I will have more landscape-style photos. I hope they appeal to the audience.
What is your New Year’s resolution?
Hmm, well, I haven’t thought much about that. Ha. The first thing off the top of my head: Figure out where I want to go to school. I really need to crack down and decide what school is best for me.
See Gabe’s work through January at Graphic Emporium, 1525 Pine Street, Redding. Meet Gabe at a reception for the artist during 2nd Saturday ArtHop, Jan. 9, 6 to 9 PM.
Adam Mankoski is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your Norths State events to email@example.com.