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Albi is a Photographer who is in-love with the medium and his subjects as a means to explore himself. Who he is, who he wants to be, and how does he fit into the worlds he creates, as well as the world he finds himself in. For Alessio the camera is a co-traveller and a mirror. One who sheds light on all that is being experienced, and all that can be experienced. It is these lines of experience and possibility that intrigue this self-taught photographer. He underscores his intent as an artist. He said – “The meaning of your art for yourself is what matters most.”
For this 29 year-old photographer from Perugia, Italy, he has always been passionate about the image. The resonance it creates, as well as how it is reflective of an individuals mental state intrigues him.
He was mainly involved in portrait photography, storytelling, advertising and designing covers for books and CDs. But following his passion, he had been photographing since he was 24. He had an artistic bent of mind. Involved with drawing and painting, his initial approach to photography was pretty natural and easy.
Why Alessio Albi?
Interestingly, he holds a degree in Medical Biotechnologies and primarily work as a nutritionist. So the medium was his outlet, giving his thoughts and imagination to expand.
It is a feature of his work how he effortlessly utilizes the quirks and distinguishing features of unique settings. He adds nuances that enhance the aesthetic value within the frame. This is what distinguishes his work from being an ordinary portrait to impactful. So an ordinary fence becomes an important piece of his visual arrangement, and a part of the photograph by casting its distinct shadow across his subject’s face. Albi is known for creating additional drama in his photographs. He incorporates various elements from nature — grass, plants, trees, and wildflowers — to create an improvised shadow, silhouette, or frame.
It is a part of his signature arrangement whereby the model’s faces are somewhat obscured in each shot. This impressive technique is photographer’s way of adding an additional creative dimension to his work.
Albi is an efficient and resourceful photographer for using all the elements available to him and making it work. For example long, colorful hair is worked in as an extra prop on his shoot. He makes the most of the ability of each strand to swerve, curl, and wrap around their faces, like an organic frame. Albi is a master of his craft because despite his penchant for visual drama, he keeps it understated. The pictures are refined and intriguing at the same time. He invests in his subject and they blossom under his artistic gaze.
“I don’t think I’ve invented anything in what I do. Maybe the unique photos I did are the ones that were completely inspired by my mood in some difficult periods of my life.”
Part of his process involves examining lots of photos and movie frames, and proceeding to take even more photos. He strongly believes that all photos are very useful, even the bad ones – as they can teach invaluable lessons.
“Meet new people and start new experiences, even not related directly to photography. Experiences bring you inspiration more that anything else.” Says the Alessio Albi. He has decidedly gone through several dark phases in his life and has taken refuge in the healing aspect of his work.
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