I started photographing many years ago, when there were still no photography courses, workshops, internet etc. So for someone like me who lived in a big city, with no friendships outside the workplace, the only way to learn photography techniques was by self-taught. And so I did, reading the few magazines in the sector, trying to see as many images as possible and above all experimenting.
Then back in my city, It was of great help to me to hone my knowledge to start attending the Photographic Circle to which I was already enrolled, while living far away.
After a fairly long period in which I experimented with all the fields of photography, that is portrait, landscape, macro, social reportage, both in black and white and on slide, I began to dedicate myself to naturalistic photography, even though I knew very little about nature. The spring was taken when in my hands I happened to be Airone magazine, whose fantastic images of natural landscapes and animals, immediately made me fall in love with that kind of photography and later with the appearance of the magazine “OASIS” that dealt with the same topics. These magazines are still present in the field of Italian publishing, but they have completely changed… in my opinion for the worse.
In addition to the spectacular images for the time, and perhaps even for today, the topics were treated in a scientific way, but understandable to everyone and this helped me a lot to deepen my naturalistic knowledge. However, given my cultural limit in this field, I do not consider myself a real ‘Naturalist Photographer’, but a ‘Nature Photographer’.
In my photographic activity I have obtained several awards in competitions and in other areas both nationally and internationally and I have had photographs published in sector magazines.
I conclude by inserting at the bottom a statement by a famous Dutch photographer, which I share in full, and which I use in naturalistic photography evenings that I happen to hold in the offices of Photographic Circles or Naturalistic Associations:
As photographers we have the opportunity to make the viewer travel with imagination. A GREAT IMAGE is able to do that. I try to use photography as a tool to trigger emotions and transmit images. We need to focus on people, make them fall in love with our subjects, worry about them, and take care of them.
Jasper Doest – Aspheric 55
NATURE TO LOVE
When the passion for photography is combined with the passion for nature.
Nature excites me in all its fields, for this reason I have never specialized in a single sector. I photograph with the same passion the natural landscape, flora and fauna and the world of insects.