VIERI BOTTAZZINI

LEICA AMBASSADOR | FORMATT-HITECH AMBASSADOR | ABIPP | EP

A musician by training and a self-taught photographer, I am Leica Ambassador, Leica Akademie Italy instructor and Formatt-Hitech Ambassador, as well as Qualified Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography (ABIPP) and European Photographer (EP). After a two-decades long career as a solo artist in classical music, since 2010 I moved from interpreting a musical score to interpreting the world’s most spectacular landscapes through my camera: combining my lifelong passion for photography with my love for nature and the wilderness. I decided to dedicate myself exclusively to Fine Art Landscape photography.

With 25 years of teaching on my back, I firmly believe that Workshops are the best way to share my enthusiasm for photography and for the Earth’s beauty with like-minded people. My favourite destinations are Iceland, Scotland, Spain, the United Kingdom, the American Southwest, Turkey and, of course, Italy where I settled in 2014 after living 15 years abroad.

My work has been published and exhibited internationally and is part of various private collections. When I am not around the world photographing, teaching Workshops, lecturing or adjudicating competitions, I work on my photographs, prepare my Fine Art prints and write reviews and articles about photography.

WHY LANDSCAPE | ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Always been passionate about the Earth and its beauty, through the photographic medium I aim to transmit with my images not just the reality of a landscape but the emotions that a place and a moment in time awaken in me. From the grand landscapes to the smaller details to the action of nature on man-made artefacts, wherever I find something that inspires me I stop and carefully study the scene in front of me. Finally, I take out my camera and begin to take pictures. That’s what moves me, what I am constantly looking for.

I strongly believe that a photograph cannot express anything without an artistic vision to inspire it. However, even the strongest of visions cannot be expressed at all without the support of a solid photographic technique. I enjoy every step of the photographic process, from capture to editing to creating and holding in my hands the final prints. Nowadays, people look at photographs mostly on digital screens; personally, I think that a photograph really comes alive only when printed. It’s only when I hold a print in front of me, painting-like on a heavy, slightly textured sheet of photographic paper filled with a strong, intense and powerful image, that I know I have succeeded in recreating the emotions a scene awoke in me.

Vieri Bottazzini, July 2017

Texts and images © 2018 Vieri Bottazzini | All Rights Reserved | P. IVA - VAT Nr. 01870020433 | Registered in Italy
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