I am not a professional photographer nor I have ever considered photography to be a hobby, it has been an interesting passion.
I was born in Rome, Italy in 1941. My interest for the sea and the underwater world started very early, I was probably 10 years old when my mother bought me my first snorkeling mask. After years of free diving, in 1960 I began my long love affair with scuba, and few years later I purchased my first underwater housing for my Rolleiflex, a Rolleimarin.
In 1967 with a group of Roman divers, I traveled to Sudan, on the east coast of Africa, for a diving hunt safari in the Red Sea; it was the first time I saw large sharks and flying manta rays, it was a breathtaking experience. During one of these dives I witnessed what can be only described as Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience, I was in the right place at the right time.
The manta ray was speared by one of the group, in those times it represented a big trophy; with my Rolleimarin loaded with B&W film, I captured some of the most incredible photographs. Still today these remain the only images on record depicting the Birth of a Manta Ray in its natural habitat, the sea. In 1969, I was awarded the Silver Star at the International Underwater Photography contest, the Premio Maurizio Sarra in Italy, it was the dreamland of the under water photography challenges. David Doubilet, the grand master and National Geographic Magazine photographer, won the Gold.
Photography and diving have been on and off during my life because of choices and compromises I made.
In 1996 my lifestyle changed drastically, from San Francisco to Belize in Central America; I lived for 16 years in a remote area on the southern coast of the Caribbean Sea and I was attracted to the wonders and beauty of the Belize wilderness, and the barrier reef with its underwater world.
My interest for wildlife drove me to many trips to remote areas of Peru and Brazil, these have been extremely interesting and learning experiences.
I retired in 2012, finally a free man I can travel as much as I want; in 2013 I went for a 8 months journey across South East Asia, visited extensively Viet Nam, Lao, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Bhutan, always carrying my cameras, the opportunities are unlimited; and in 2014 I am still in Vietnam!
Please take a moment to view some of the images I have captured over the years. I consider myself to be very fortunate to have seen and experienced some of earth’s breathtaking locations, its amazing wildlife and people. It is my pleasure to share these places and images with you, if you have any questions, comments, or requests, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks for visiting!