Ireland's Premiere Annual Gothic & Industrial Festival Gathering

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Monica Manzzi Barlocco

Monica Manzzi Barlocco was our main onsite photographer professionally documenting our Gothic gathering, combining her skills from a rewarding career in front of the camera as professional model, she definitely has learned a trick or two! Monica now behind the camera did an impressive job capturing the creativity and photographing all the beautiful freaks at Species 2015!

Photography by Monica Manzzi Barlocco

An Interview with Monica Manzzi Barlocco

  • Where are you from originally? What made you move to Dublin?

I am from Uruguay originally, but I have been living here in Ireland for 10 years at this time. What made me move here was love, my ex fiancé was working here so I followed him.

  • How long have you been taking photos?

I have been taking photos passionately for three years now. I started to take photography professionally just over a year ago.

  • Tell us a little about yourself as a photography artist based in Dublin:

I used to have a retail job which I wasn’t completely happy with; I barely had the time to see my daughter. I have always loved photography and I see it as a solution to work freelance and balance my life with my daughter

  • What advice would you give to new photographers who would like to get into event photography?

My advice is try to get there, put your name everywhere, sometimes you have to work for free, it’s part of the job, when you do this you gain experience, so it’s not really for free, you are getting something out of it. To know as many people as you can, is good as well because that will bring you contacts to get more work.

  • You have experience as a model; tell us a little about your modelling career…

I started to model when I was 15, back in my country; I did a lot of stuff then working for different agencies and also freelance. Just before I left Uruguay, I was doing TV commercials which was really good fun and well paid!

When I came to Ireland it was all new to me so I just got a retail job. For few years I wasn’t modelling at all and then life lead me back again on the same track. A few years ago I represented Uruguay in the Miss Ethnic Ireland event that raised awareness about female genital mutilation. After this I met many photographers, models, agents so I started to do a bit of modelling again.

Today I don’t model professionally as I really like to be on the other side of the camera.

I also like to participate in charity events. I can do this through modelling, as a makeup artist or photographer.

  • Your time in front of the camera seems to have been educational to your career as a photographer, what skills has this experience taught you about being a good photographer?

The most important skill for everyone who wants to be good at photography has to be passion, without passion you are not going anywhere. That’s my first one and then, to have a good eye is important too, to break the rules a bit, and experiment, this opens up the mind and your creativity will show better.

  • What do you like to photograph most?

I do like many styles, from portraiture, urban, streets, night-time, live painting and even horror photography, I have to say I really like light painting as you are not only taking a picture, you can create one. This has no limits and I love that.

Light Painting by Monica Manzzi Barlocco

Light Painting by Monica Manzzi Barlocco

  • What is light painting?

Light Painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph. It’s called light painting because this is what you are actually doing while taking the shot.

Light Painting by Monica Manzzi Barlocco

Light Painting by Monica Manzzi Barlocco

  • What other kinds of events have you photographed?

I have done a lot of art exhibitions, demonstrations, marches, weddings, and birthdays. I do a lot of photo-journalism too.

  • Have any photographer’s been influential to you in the development of your style and what aspects of these inspire you most?

I try to stay away of copying a style or a photographer. I do like the idea that I can have my own one.

But I have to say I have been looking into Joshua Hoffine, he is into horror photography and he uses his daughter for many of the pictures. His pictures are quite simple but there are great. I use my daughter as a model as well; I feel an identity with him for this reason.

I think simplicity it’s a good thing, you just need to be creative and use what you have, not over complicate it.

  • Tell us a little about your experience documenting at Species:

To be working is Species was an absolutely great experience. It was not only work, I had so much fun and met many people, I can’t wait for the next one!

  • What is your views Gothic culture in Ireland today?

I didn’t have much of an idea about the Gothic culture in Ireland before the gathering; it did open my mind a lot. It seems to be an emergent culture and it’s great there is an event like this for everyone!

  • What parts of Species did you enjoy most?

It was the show by Deathness Injection a performance one with the guy who was dying and the girl and a guy duo playing at the back. It completely blew my mind. Overall Species was absolutely great all weekend, so many shows to see!!

Deathness Injection, Photo by Monica Manzzi

Deathness Injection, Photo by Monica Manzzi

Deathness Injection, Photo by Monica Manzzi

Deathness Injection, Photo by Monica Manzzi

  • Would you like to be involved again artistically at next year’s Species?

Absolutely, I would love that! I would love to be part of the team next year!! Yes please!!


Monica Manzzi Barlocco’s artistic and inspiring photography from Species 2015 is showcased as part of our Photo Gallery section on this website.

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