Gabriele Dellanave, PPSA, BPSA
My interest in photography began as a child in Italy.† At first, I was intrigued by the mechanics of the camera, and sadly, destroyed a few by dismantling them to see how they worked. Gradually I began to understand how I could express myself through my images. Friends made encouraging comments about some of my pictures and they began to rely on me to document events.† At that time I began doing some sports photography for our regionís newspapers. Later, I opened a professional studio with a friend in Italy that specialized in commercial photography creating brochures, catalogs and other marketing materials.† I used large format studio cameras for that work and began to develop film myself. The more I traveled in midlife the more I began to experiment with various lenses and subjects.† I also realized the importance of photography in helping me notice details and the particulars of various places and events. Iím still fascinated by B&W images and sometimes miss the chemistry of the darkroom. Even though I loved the magic of the darkroom, I embraced digital photography in its infancy. I find never-ending gratification from learning more about various software applications, composition and light control. Iím challenged by the potential of photography both as documentation and artistic expression.† Photography offers so many possibilities to create and so much new technology to learn that it continually engages my interest.† Lately I have been experimenting with printing my own work and am amazed by the quality that can be achieved. I would like to learn more about composition, light and subject control, and effective marketing strategies for some of my work.