Wyoming was a temporary home for me…like 2 months temporary. The Tetons were extremely captivating the first time I laid eyes on them thus begging my constant return whenever viable.
Diversity. Utah has the most unique and most diverse gifts of land that I have ever witnessed, from mountain peaks to desert canyons, I have yet to keep seeing the same things in this state. This collection spans from Northern Utah's Wasatch Front to Southern Utah and as much as I could fit in between. Keep it wild.
Utah is home for me; I struggled my whole life when asked the question of, “where are you from,” because I was a military brat and to me, home was where the heart was: Italy, with my family. After moving back to the United States permanently and having blindly chosen Utah, I became obsessed with it’s beauty (understatement of the century).
Italy has been my home since I was age ten; I first began photographing while living in this country and with each returning year during college, my travels allowed me to finally capture parts of the country I had yet to do so for. In 2015, Intimate Italy, a small collection done in the winter with my 50mm, was published to showcase some of the missed characteristics about the country/region that I call home.
I was in country for half a year, thanks to a study abroad program through my university, and traveled solo the last month of my time there. Christchurch held a certain sentiment; my host family was based there and throughout my time there I became more and more connected to the devastation caused by the earthquakes there. To this day, I swear by spending your last dime in this country due to it’s variety of terrain and adventure offered, from city exploration to wild country…every square inch is a pleasure.
Germany has much been like a second home to not only myself but my entire immediate family. I grew fond of the country pretty much the moment we drove through it; it felt more like home than home in Italy ever did, surrounded by mountains and lush quietness. I grew up learning how to ski on the tallest peak in Germany (not The Alps overall) and eventually named my own dog after The Zugspitze. Besides the winter time fun, the area itself is an incredible window into the Bavarian Alp atmosphere, offering plenty of hiking, biking, and sightseeing. Just a quick trip away from the many ski areas is the iconic town of Munich as well as the castle that inspired Disney’s: Neuschwanstien.
A short three month stint in the most Pacific Northwest town that is closer to Vancouver, Canada than Seattle: Bellingham, Washington. This small logging town is nestled by the Pacific with very little sunshine during the winter months but plenty of plant life to remind you that the sun must exist. Washington was wet but it was gorgeous, including heavy powder days, caked-on mud, and all the clothes into the dryer post hike.
Here lies the combination of my two passions
I captured my first long exposure when I was on a mountain top in New Zealand and stepped outside to see so many stars that I couldn't believe that I was alive in that moment; playing with my settings for over an hour, I had a self-taught lesson once I moved back to Utah before embarking on my first desert trip. Since then, it's been a very subtle obsession; teaching a university class on light painting in Capitol Reef was the peak of achievement for me. I still shoot blurry, out of focus star photos every time I go to shoot, but that's where the enjoyment in the patience that it takes to get what you want comes in.
The by-product of always carrying a camera and having a lifestyle that is met by other adventurous souls.
Adopting a puppy changed my life and consequently what I spend more time shooting nowadays; I like to think that Zuke helped open a new, untapped door for me.
I first picked up a camera with the intention of absorbing myself with portraits; I have always considered humans to be far more complex than any landscape, telling more stories with one look than a breeze. Humans are so uniquely, beautifully, complicated to capture, that I began to let landscapes take over.