Born in Gorizia in 1971, Lucio Tolar is a naturalist and photographer since the early 90s. He photographs nature in all its aspects, dedicating himself in particular to wildlife and forest environments, researching the most intact and wild aspects. Author of three photographic books, entitled: BOSCHI SENZA CONFINI, DOBERDO’ DEL LAGO VISIONI SUL CARSO, and DALLE ALPI GIULIE AL MARE viaggio nella biodiversità. These books tell and enhance its region Friuli Venezia Giulia.
He carries out teaching activities, where he shares his knowledge and naturalistic experiences. He has created many photographic exhibitions and several of his images have been reported to various international photo competitions. He collaborates with associations and expert naturalists, active in the monitoring of wildlife, through phototraping, following for several years the activity of the golden jackal. From here he is one of the first photographers to immortalize the subject in the wild in the Italian territory, with reflex equipment. For about 20 years he has been following with interest the expansion of Karst chamois, or also called sea chamois, since the territory in which it is located is only 100 meters above sea level. He documents photographically behaviors, habits, nutrition, peculiarities and differences between the various subjects. This work has been going on for many years and he really hopes one day will become a book.
With a few shots I want to tell you about the forests, places very dear to me where I spent my photographic journey for many years. Forests retain 80% of biodiversity, plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, so much wealth and beauty, a delicate and fragile balance, continuously threatened by human activities. I often fall into the banal using terms such as beautiful, magical, wonderful, the forests are much more and, believe me, it is not easy to find the right words to tell the emotions you feel, being inside them. A world parallel to ours, where the rhythms of life are punctuated by the passing of the seasons, where balance and silence reign. The night is the moment when the forest comes to life, with noises of all kinds, such as footsteps, rustles, creaks and songs of nocturnal birds. Foxes, badgers, martens are in full activity in the middle of the night, constantly looking for food, but also the deer, the bear, the wolf and the wild cat carry out their activities in the middle of the night. However, when it begins to sunrise, everything quickly fades away and silence returns, leaving the voice to the wind and our steps in the foliage of the undergrowth.