Wilderness is that place where everything began, here human civilization discovered fire, religion, and learned a lot of behaviors from the wild animals. In our quotidian life, everything is on fast-forward, we are running after shiny things, big brands, but in the meantime, we forgot the most important roles of our lives: to feel and to live. For me, spending time in nature it's not a hobby, is a way of developing my own self, a reconnecting with nature and the place called 'home', where I'm running away from all the agitation of the crowded cities and civilization. I think that nature photography is an excuse to spend my time outdoors, close to the wild animals, deep in the old forests where I learn each day more and more about the surroundings and, also, about myself. We need to start to cherish our nature because it is our home. In the last 40 years, we killed 50% percent of the wildlife population on the planet and, also we started to change our planet's surface, we don't care only about resources and in the meantime we are destroying our habitats such as old growth forest through intensive deforestation, destroying mountains for minerals and roads and not in the last.
Nature photography has become an extension of what I feel, do, and live and in the meantime, somehow a healthy lifestyle. Through this, I discovered that the 5 a.m. in the morning or even early is the best time in which you can see the nature coming back to life, and the so-called effort is offering you a lot of contentment and teachings. The time I spend into nature is a feeling about everything that surrounds me and it’s not focused on capturing the perfect technical photo, but capturing a unique moment of the subject I see and the feeling that awakens me. The beauty of a meeting with a chamois on the mountains ridges, the apparent fragility of some cotton bark on the edge of the lake, the immenseness of the mountains bathed in the sunset, are just a few from all the small moments of this whole that fascinate me every day. I chose to take and to create photos, because, according to Andreas Feininger, “the photographer is a creator”. I believe that through photography every human can become more aware of the environmental issues, can be more interested and learn about the residents from the heart of the forest, and can discover something in himself/herself: the return to nature.
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