We had the good fortune of connecting with Becky DiGiglio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Becky, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Success for me is being able to bring awareness to whatever it is I’m photographing. If I’m taking pictures of something, it’s because I like it, or I see its worth, and I want others to see it, too. Photography isn’t my sole career, and I intentionally try to keep it as more from a place of passion than worrying about how much I’m making— because let’s face it, shooting live music is not the place to make a bunch of money. Nor is trying to raise awareness about social issues. Weddings, engagement shoots, baby shoots— that’s where the money is. But none of that speaks to me. No judgment to those who have mastered that type of photography (it takes a ton of skill to do it right, and is high stress!), but for me personally, that is not what success is about, or what makes me happy.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a photographer who focuses on music photography, specifically punk, hardcore, or otherwise weird. I also have strong political and activist viewpoints, and so I try to respectfully participate in and capture activism in any form while remaining mindful of privacy for those who are vulnerable. Whatever sets me apart from others is in the eye of the beholder. I’m not looking to compare myself or sell myself; I just do what I do and am psyched if people like it. I try to create a feeling of aliveness, of movement and energy, in my images, so that someone looking at them can feel like they were there. I’ve learned to push as hard as I can, and try not to ever turn down opportunities big or small. I am really feeling that now, with live music as we know it indefinitely put on hold. I regret not going to even more shows than I was, and I was averaging shooting 2-3 a week for a while.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, obviously this list may not be totally relevant, as plenty of places aren’t open and we’re amid a pandemic. But, say we weren’t… I like nature. Places like La Jolla Shores and Sunset Cliffs (when not packed with people) are calming and beautiful. I like coffee shops like Heartwork, Hawthorn, Holsem and Dark Horse. For a fancier restaurant experience, Kindred is an amazing vegan spot with style. For Mexican food, Rancho’s or Pokez. And for music— if live music were happening— I probably most often frequent The Casbah and Soda Bar.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Recognition is deserved for all the musicians and independent music venues who have been struggling through this pandemic with little to no assistance— legendary venues like the Casbah who are putting on live-streams regularly to keep people entertained safely. Independent San Diego-based record labels I work with in varying capacities, like Three One G and Quiet Panic. Local record and coffee shops I’ve been able to collaborate with, who have shown my work in the past and had me take product shots of their merch, who are fixtures of the music community here, like Vinyl Junkies and Heartwork Coffee.
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