I am not a professional photographer but I have never considered photography to be just an 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 gave me a snorkeling mask. After years of spearfishing, in 1960 I began my long love affair with scuba diving, 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 1968, 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 in 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 17 years in a remote area on the southern coast of the Caribbean Sea surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine forest, I was attracted by the wonders and beauty of the Belize wilderness, and the barrier reef with its underwater world.
Interest for wildlife took me to remote areas of Borneo, Brazil, Canada, and Peru, I has been very interesting and lot of learning experiences.
I retired in 2012, finally a free man I could travel as much as I wanted; in 2013 I had an 8 months journey across South East Asia, visited Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, always with my cameras, the opportunities are unlimited, people, amazing people, beautiful people! I really like the Asian world, I settled in Vietnam.
Late 2014 I visited the state of Sabah in the island of Borneo, one of the few places in the world where you can encounter primates such the orangutan and the endemic proboscis monkeys along the banks of the Kinabatangan river basin. Unique!
In March 2015 I traveled remote areas in the south of the Yunnan Province of China in search of ethnic minority people, small villages and markets in the mountains adjacent the borders of Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, a captivating experience.
Please take a moment to view the images I have captured over the years. I consider myself very fortunate to have experienced some of earth’s most 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!