Even in times where words are not exchanged, a very personal connection is made by the power of observation. Seeing an entity in its element, so wrapped up in a moment that they are undisturbed by your presence. Alessandro shares an important lesson in time, patience and spectating.
“The photo of the Sadhu praying in the Ganges River at the sunrise. I remember it very well, it was so cold and I was staring at him for 20 minutes before taking the photos. He was so concentrated on his prayers that I was completely invisible to him. When he came out of the water he was shivering from the cold, but in the water he was so calm and still, unbelievable!”
Another key to his imagery is seeking out beautiful light; this is often his starting point. When the perfect light presents itself, this is when the waiting begins, he studies the events unfolding around him, trying to anticipate that picture perfect moment. “The subject is important, but the light and the ‘moment’ are equally, if not more decisive. Everything revolves around the light; the perfect shot needs perfect light.”
That is why his Nikon D810 is always present, an easy choice for him as it is most helpful in low light situations or when there is a big contract between highlights and shadows. His choice of lens is the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED, which was used to shoot the majority of his India series. “The way this lens work is something magic, the out of focus is something outstanding that I never saw before in any other lens.”