I am an amateur photographer based in Madison, Wisconsin. I moved here a few years ago from Italy to work at the UW-Madison as a researcher in atmospheric physics. My passion for photography has deep roots and goes back to the film days, but it is with the advent of the "digital era" that this passion turned into a more serious commitment. If I have to pick a definition for myself I’d say that I’m a “nature photographer”. Nature always fascinated me with its marvelous yet fragile equilibrium where everything is in harmony. I could spend hours admiring a breathtaking landscape, gazing the twinkling stars in the night sky, or observing wild animals in their environment. Photography to me is a mean to capture the essence of the beauty I see in nature, a way to take home what I felt while admiring a scene displayed in front of me. Photography to me is also a way to reinvent my background in a creative way. I often see the camera as a mere instrument that counts the photons that reach its sensor, but I am in control of the camera settings, the framing and the composition, thus deciding which photons to use to capture my scene. I like the idea of "painting" with those photons to freeze an instant in time, trying to capture the strength of the scene I am witnessing.
In the end, there is a quote that I found particularly inspiring and perfectly summarize my aspiration in photography:
"There are no forms in nature. Nature is a vast, chaotic collection of shapes. You as an artist create configurations out of chaos. You make a formal statement where there was none to begin with. All art is a combination of an external event and an internal event. I make a photograph to give you the equivalent of what I felt. Equivalent is still the best word."