Gabriele Rigon is an Italian photographer. His passion is to capture and share the sensual beauty of the female form.
A recipe of trust, understanding, humour and friendship allows his models to relax in such a way that Gabriele’s camera becomes simply a tool for capturing the moments they share.
While looking at the Gabriele’s photos you may find how subtly he emphasizes a woman’s form.
We were very happy to meet and take an interview with Gabriele Rigon and we hope you’ll enjoy reading it!
AP: How would describe your first photos. What did they look like?
GR: I was born in 1961, in a small town called Gemona del Friuli (Italy) and my main job is helicopter pilot in the Italian Army. Photography is my passion. I fly Huey’s and CH 47 Chinook’s. It’s a wonderful work, but it steals a lot of your time. The first serious use of my camera was in reportage. It used to be a compact camera of my flight group, and my first works were some images from a United Nations mission in Namibia (South West Africa), in 1990. The relation between the sky and the land is probably freedom, that you want to feel with wings, and freedom that you want to feel when you take photographs for passion.
AP: Do you have any formal education in your sphere or were you self-taught?
GR: I didn’t study photography at school. Since I was young I was accustomed to see people interested in photography, because my grandfather had a photographic studio. My grandfather’s studio was established in 1898, and before had been owned by the father of my grandfather. That is just to tell you that I know this world since I was born (1961).
GR: Even if at the beginning I was mainly working with reportage pictures, a nude female is the most compelling and provocative for me… It’s perhaps the nature’s finest form. This could be my philosophy. I am so attracted by the aesthetic form of a female body that I try to express my feelings on the images. To capture an image of a beauty of a female gesture is like creating an eternal symbol of beauty.
If you take a look at the Nike of Samothrace statue of ancient Greeks, you notice that there is nothing has been changed in more than 2000 years. In the modern world, we are more accustomed to dynamic images of film or television, where images are fast. Fine art nude photography is like recuperating classical values, giving to the eroticism a noble dimension. My devotion for nude is because I consider it as the real nature of people, nothing to hide, just a gift from the nature. So now I am mainly known as a Fine Art Nude and Glamour photographer, and I am working sometimes in Fashion.
AP: How would you describe your present works?
GR: I am so moved by female beauty that I try to translate what I feel into images. In every photograph I take, I freeze a woman’s mood in time and create an eternal symbol of beauty. The truth is that I am a romantic person and when I’m faced with a female beauty the only way for me to say something is a poetry translated into an image.
AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to create your pictures?
GR: I am mainly working with digital cameras now, I have a 22 megapixel DSLR Canon, it’s an excellent camera, I love digital cameras because it gives the possibility to control over the work and also it gives new perspectives and new freedom to the photography. For many years, I used to have only two lenses: 35mm and 50mm. Now it’s the same, I only use two lenses 50mm and 35mm to take my photos. I recently bought 24/70 lens, but I still prefer the fixed ones. I use Photoshop to edit my pictures with a minimum retouching.
GR: I consider myself an expert in photography. I have been working with passion to photography for more than 20 years and I will continue following the photography as, in my opinion, it is not only an art, but also the most beautiful way to see the world.
AP: What is the formula for success in your activity?
GR: Do not work with photography by thinking to become rich, just take pictures as you like, use all of your passion to realize photographs, follow your instinct and you will succeed!
AP: Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?
GR: First of all my Family, especially my wife, she always allows me to express my creativity and freedom to take photos of what I want. Internet is also very important and every comment or every feedback I receive is a great support for my activity.
AP: What’s the golden tip that you can give to our readers?
GR: Always believe in dreams and if you really trust your dreams, you can realize them!
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