I am not ashamed to say that I never went to photography school.
I began learning visual story telling, as a child, at the Uffizi Museum, in my native Florence, where I was fortunate enough to gain access out of public hours, and I could admire many master painters in the silence of those empty galleries.
Anything else I was able to learn, in photography, I learned “hands on”, by doing it. At first assisting some wonderful image-crafters, and eventually building up my own techniques and conceptual trajectories.
After many years spent photographing an extremely wide variety of subjects and finding my personal style, my desire is now to focus mainly on portraiture. I feel that a portrait is one of the most concise and often most effective ways to “tell the story”.
In a portrait there is a subtle and yet extremely powerful interaction of two elements: character and light.
It is a challenge to achieve more with less.
In portraiture, one of my strongest inspirations is French baroque painter Georges de La Tour, as it can perhaps be seen in some images from my recent body of work “Rural Portraits”, which I accomplished during the last couple of weeks of 2012 in very remote locations of the Dominican Republic.
In all my work, and especially in my portraits, to quote Cartier-Bresson, I strive not to be ever separated from the real world and from humanity, trying to create images that might inspire or simply focus for a moment the viewer’s ever-shortening attention span to the complexity, the poetry and the mystery of human condition.
See more RURAL PORTRAITS Here