Chroma – by Marco Arguello

Two weeks is simply not enough to learn about a place let alone 2-3 places that most people tend to cram into that short holiday.
– Marco Arguello
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Interview with Marco Arguello on his series Chroma.
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What is this series about?
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Chroma is a series that documents my surroundings during a year-long sabbatical around the world with my wife. I wanted to dissect the environment around me and focus on the kitschy and saturated nature of tourism. From outlandish decor in our hotel rooms, to selfie sticks, grocery shopping, these photos aim to reflect those gaudy and mundane aspects of long-term travel that are often left out of those picture perfect “influencer” style photos. 
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Where did you travel?

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We travelled first through the US for a month by car. We hadn’t seen a lot of our own backyard and decided to drive from Miami to California and back to Miami. We then flew to Spain to begin our international leg. Spain was followed by Morocco, Vienna, Budapest, Slovakia, Greece, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hawaii, Thailand, Myanmar, New Zealand, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and finished in Paraguay, where my family is from originally. We spent no less than two weeks in each place.
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Was there a particular reason for you to travel this long?

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I planned the sabbatical for three years with my wife. And by planning it mostly meant saving up the money. In the US, employers typically only give you two weeks vacation per year and if you ask to take them all at once, most might look at you like you just slept with their significant other. I was working as producer at an ad agency so there was more understanding to taking it all at once, but most places look down on it. Two weeks is simply not enough to learn about a place let alone 2-3 places that most people tend to cram into that short holiday. So, one day in a coffee shop in Miami, we decided that life is short and the world is huge, so we took the plunge.  Long story short, I didn’t want to see the world two weeks at a time, once a year. 
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Do you happen to have a favorite photo in this series?

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My favorite photo is probably the two women with the water cascading down on them. I love them all but have a particular love for that one.
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Is there a recurrent aspect you noticed in this “tourist life” that fascinate you most?

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One thing that stood out is the insane amount of cameras and phones. Obviously cameras and tourism go hand and hand but I think it’s even crazier now since everyone has a camera on their cell phone now. No time to enjoy being somewhere. This is probably an obvious commentary but it really does stand out when you are in tourist places.

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What are your aesthetical inspiration? 
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My inspiration comes from the everyday people and things around me. I look for things out of place or simply strike my camera and make it interesting when otherwise it would go unnoticed. I am very inspired by cinematography as well.. 
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Marco Arguello (b. 1985) is a self taught photographer born and raised in McAllen, TX to Paraguayan parents. He began shooting in his early twenties when he purchased his first digital SLR. He discovered analog a few years later and fell in love with the look and more importantly, the slower and more methodic nature of the medium. In 2015, his series Tungsten Beach was published in various online blogs and publications such as Its Nice That and Fast Company which led to the beginning of his freelance career. His past clients include Art Basel, Lexus International, United Airlines, Wall Street Journal Magazine, and Porter Airlines. He has lived in Austin, Miami, and soon will be moving to Athens, Greece along with his wife Stefani who is originally from there.
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