Emma Bumbar Blog Post 4

Emma Bumbar


Dr. Stone

9 November 2016

Blog Post 4


My overall interview experience with Alessandro Garabaghi was very enjoyable. Not only did I get the pleasure of interviewing someone in the photography industry as a professional, but I was able to learn more information on what I want to do from an insider.

It was also very refreshing being able to get his perspective in photography from an extreme sports side as well, instead of the normal landscape or fashion photography.   I was able to take the information he gave me about listening within the industry among simple facts of photography. For example, I learned different aspects of how important listening is within the profession such as: listening to yourself and your own work, listening to the boss, to the client and anyone else’s opinion that plays a part. That the work you produce may not only be about you.

He was also able to give the perspectives of all of the other people involved and how listening can effect their jobs. He mentioned that the object of his photography, (mainly wakeboarders) sometimes had to put aside what they think is best for the situation and listen to what Alessandro thought was best for the shot.

As for challenges there were not many barriers or distractions. The interview took place in his house that is on Lake Howell, so it was generally pretty silent. The only barriers were when his dog barked a few times, and when his wife came home and forgot we were conducting an interview. The barriers didn’t really mess up the flow of the interview, besides maybe a few giggles here and there.

Listening overall throughout the interview was very easy to follow him. He made his answers very simple to follow as well as gave very clear cut, and concise answers. Another aspect that helped was the interview was generally pretty informal. So, the answers he gave were very personable which made the overall experience more comfortable.  I am very pleased with how the interview went and what I personally was able to take from the whole experience was much better than I has expected.

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Emma Bumbar

Dr. Stone

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I interviewed professional photographer and videographer, Alessandro Garabaghi. Before I sat down to interview to Alessandro, we spent about an hour or two just talking and getting to know each other. Not only to get to know each other better, but also to become more comfortable with questioning each other without awkward pauses. Overall, I am very glad that we did that, because in the long run it made the entirety of the interview flow much better.

One of the things I noticed that was that Alessandro gave very clear, raw, and truthful answers he provided. According, to the author of “Qualitative Interviewing: The Art of Hearing Data” claims that the richness of the findings from in-depth interviews have built-in credibility checks and a systematic analysis to guide an in-depth interview.

In order to conduct an interview through openness and honesty, one has to have some sort of basis between the interviewer and the interviewee. Irene Rubin expresses the importance of having that basis relationship between the two. She claims that the emphasis on the importance of working with interviewees as conversation partners rather than than just someone you are interviewing relives most stress of the interview overall.




Lastly, Alessandro and I were able to conduct an interview that flowed well because according to Stephen Rollnick, the author of “What is Motivational Interviewing” the trick is to be direct, and ask questions in a counselling style behavior to help the interviewee to explore deeper into their thoughts while answering questions. This is exactly what my interview was like as I tried to keep my questions short but at the same time, help Alessandro to explore deeper within himself to dig up more information about his profession.




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I am planning on interviewing a local videographer and photographer, Alessandro Garabaghi. Garabaghi is 32 years old, was born in New Orleans and raised in Miami. While being raised in Miami, he took advantage of the lakes and open ocean to actively compete in professional wakeboarding competitions, until he was severely injured while riding, and forced to quit riding as a profession. After attending Rollins College about ten years ago, he decided to stay in Orlando and film and photograph wakeboarding as well as BMX riding.


Garabaghi uses aerial platforms (quadcopters or more commonly known as drones) to capture primarily wakeboarding. He specifically uses the DIJI INSPRIRE PRO to shoot either film or a still frame. The most interesting and unique part of Garabaghi’s work is that most everything he produces is captured from anywhere between 20-60 feet above the boat and rider rather than being up close and personal.


Garabaghi uses channels such as Facebook and Instagram to release most of his work, as some of it gets over six thousand views. Garabaghi understands that in order to be successful within the film/photography world, specifically within action sports, you must be able to tweak the norm and find a unique way to display your art and how you see what others see.

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  1. Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photography, and career path? (why? To see their roots and what has inspired them).
  2. What exactly are you trying to say with your photographs and why? (why? To see if they are trying to say something different from other photographers).
  3. How did you get from an aspiring photographer to making it a career path? (why? What/who made you who you are.)
  4. What technology/software/camera gear do you use to keep focused on what you do best as you photograph? (why? To see if you’re old school or up to date).
  5. What motivates you to continue taking photos economically, politically, intellectually, or emotionally? (why? To find your drive, ambition, and dreams).