"When the picture is too strong, you cannot look at it too much. When the picture is too perfect, you forget about it."
Abruzzo is quite well known in Europe, because it’s the last really wild place in Italy.
It’s a good combination, because you can visit the Colosseum in Rome in the morning and then watch a bear in the afternoon, and have an amazing dinner at night in a five hundred year old village.
What most people come and ask me is, "How do you somehow manage to have an invisible signature to your pictures?"
It doesn’t mean that [the pictures] are better or worse than others, but it means that they are really [mine].
It comes from a very strong inner vision.
It’s surprisingly fed and nurtured by any input you place into your head. It could be music, it could be food, or your favorite football team.
All your past, all your background, all your daily experiences somehow, if you manage to metabolize them, flow into the way you approach photography.
I was working almost ten years of my life on Apennine chamois. It's a kind of mountain goat which is endemic; it lives only here in the Apennines.
One idea was to photograph them with the moonlight. The chamois were in a line, and I was photographing with the light of distant villages, very distant villages in the back. There came a haze that turned all pink. The wind was moving a cloud that turned completely blue. So, the situation was well beyond my wildest dreams.”
And that picture says it all.
Affect on life
Another time I looked into the forest, and I saw running toward me a wolf pup with the fresh cut head of a deer. This connection of the death and life was really like ecology in one picture.
In that moment I had a burst; I had a blush on my cheeks, and when I walked back I was crying, really crying, because of this huge emotion.
One of my childhood dreams was to photograph the fennec fox (Sahara Desert).
This picture shows the difficult conditions in which both the animal and the kid live. This kid is trying to sell the fennec fox that he caught in the wild illegally.
When the picture is too strong, you cannot look at it too much. When the picture is too perfect, you forget about it. You have to find a picture that you can read in layers.
Have a strong drive for the subject.
Learn as much as you can about your subject, more than about the camera or the latest thing in Photoshop. The nature part takes ages. Be patient.
Watch the complete interview in the video at the top.
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