Entry Title: "Sicilian faces"
Name: Fabio Montalto , Italy
Category and Expertise: Portrait|Portrait_P|Deeper Perspective, Non-Professional


Entry Description: In my recent photographic experiences I am deepening the study of photographic portraits and I think that the final results that I reach are very interesting. First I research faces excavated by time or at least faces that show something special, then a little with lights and a bit with the post-production, finalize the picture, trying to give more depth and more character to the expressions. I have not much experience in measuring lights, not even the possibility of using a professional photo studio, in my little...........I using a small black cloth, a flash af48 on a tripod and a reflector panel............in short for this kind of photography I have to grow so much more. Nevertheless, the works that I am presenting are a fun and rewarding phase of my photographic history, a time where it is also possible that portray people in the street, occasionally, like Robert Capa said: “If your photos are not good enough because you did not go so close enough to the subject. Love the people and let it know” ............ the rest is all by itself, even the people portrayed sometimes pose as a screen test. Technically I don’t know if the type of my portraits can be defined as "dragan style" but certainly are not HDR, even if it may seem.

Story: In my recent photographic experiences I am deepening the study of photographic portraits and I think that the final results that I reach are very interesting. First I research faces excavated by time or at least faces that show something special, then a little with lights and a bit with the post-production, finalize the picture, trying to give more depth and more character to the expressions. I have not much experience in measuring lights, not even the possibility of using a professional photo studio, in my little...........I using a small black cloth, a flash af48 on a tripod and a reflector panel............in short for this kind of photography I have to grow so much more. Nevertheless, the works that I am presenting are a fun and rewarding phase of my photographic history, a time where it is also possible that portray people in the street, occasionally, like Robert Capa said: “If your photos are not good enough because you did not go so close enough to the subject. Love the people and let it know” ............ the rest is all by itself, even the people portrayed sometimes pose as a screen test. Technically I don’t know if the type of my portraits can be defined as "dragan style" but certainly are not HDR, even if it may seem.

About the Artist:

Fabio Montalto, in arte Mont’, (Catania 18/09/68) vive e lavora a Noto (Siracusa) – Italy. Per troppo tempo lascia la passione fotografica parallela ai suoi interessi artistici, senza mai approfondirla abbastanza. Dai primi scatti son trascorsi più di vent’anni, ma è con l’avvento del digitale che riscopre il piacere d’inquadrare, di creare, di fotografare. Mont’ ama la fotografia in senso universale perché è grazie ad essa che coglie il presente………….lo sottrae al nulla…………..documentando il suo passato. Ritiene anche che la post-produzione digitale, ben dosata, non pregiudica l’arte fotografica, ma l’aiuta e la trasforma, in alcuni casi, in arte concettuale. Dalle sue ultime esperienze fotografiche sembrerebbe che il ritratto ed il nudo rivestano un ruolo importante della sua produzione e per i quali ricerca sempre una dimensione artistica molto personale. Partecipazione a concorsi fotografici nazionali ed internazionali.