Interview With Stefano Pellegrini From Italy

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Stefano Pellegrini

Stefano Pellegrini adds new life into photographs through his unique mediums of preparing for the best shots.

Interview With The 2022 European Photography Awards Platinum Winner – Stefano Pellegrini

1Can you introduce yourself and talk about how you got into photography?
My name is Stefano Pellegrini, I’m an Italian designer. I always liked photography, especially during summer trips, but I started doing it a bit more seriously in 2019.
2Where did you study photography?
I did not study photography. I learned the basics thanks to some online tutorials, then I improved through practice and in-field training.
3Do you remember your first shot? What was it?
My first real shot was the milky way over the Furcia Pass in dolomites. I spent the night there in a tent only to have that perfect shot. Of course, looking at it now, it was not so impressive.
4What equipment do you use?
I use mostly a Nikon D850 + Tamron 15/30mm.
5What do you hope to achieve?
My mission is to translate what the eyes see and often the camera can't. I use stacking and combine different exposures, only to reproduce reality in all its art, without fictions and replacements.
6What compliment inspired/touched you the most?
"You are an inspiration." "You made me feel like I was there with you.”
7What inspires your unique storytelling?
I always follow what I like: I started shooting everything, then I discovered that I preferred shooting nightscapes. Now I discovered that I like to add some light painting in it. It’s an evolution more than a storytelling.
8What THREE (3) words describe your photography style?
Dark, real, creative.
9Congratulations! As the winner of the European Photography Awards, what does it mean for you and your team to receive this distinction?
I’m very grateful to have received the award.
10Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2022 European Photography Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?
The photo was the incredible result of a crazy night. Last January, I decided to hike to Cir Pass to capture the winter milky way in this amazing location. Going up was a bit hard: at the beginning (Gardena Pass) there was not much snow, but as soon as I reached a higher altitude the snow became very deep and proceeding was difficult. Also, the path was not beaten so I had to find the way up by myself. Once on top, I found out that at midnight a winter arch was possible. So, I prepared for the shot. My idea was to frame my little tent lost among the huge rocks with the complete arch above. The only problem was that, while shooting, the wind started to rise, and it became so strong that it blew the tent away despite the 25kg backpack acting as a ballast and the two ice-axes planted in the snow to hold it back! Due to the wind, the carbon poles that hold it together broke, and in order to be able to use it at night I had to tape them back together. On the other hand, I had an incredible clear sky that gave me the opportunity to frame all the nebula of the winter arch, without a star tracker (that I didn't used because of the condition).
11Name 1-3 photographers who have inspired you.

Fabio Antenore

Bruno Pisani

Enrico Fossati

12What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out, by a mentor or your role model?
“For me an excellent picture consists of 30% planning, 30% technique and 30% post-processing. The remaining 10% are luck – mother nature always has the last say.” cit. Fabio Antenore
13What advice would you give someone who would like to become a photographer today?
A lot of planning and a lot of trying.
14What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?

A lot of planning and a lot of trying.

None of my picture were made without a lot of "pre-production" (scouting, planning, scratches...).

A lot of my pictures are "second attempts".

15How do you stay in that space of being receptive to new information and knowledge?
I’ll stop learning when I’m dead. Till my eyes close forever, I will try to learn and improve.

Winning Entry

Lost tent in the snow under the winter arch | 2022

Lost tent in the snow under the winter arch

The incredible result of a crazy night. Last february I hike in Dolomites to make some winter milkyway in this amazing …
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Stefano Pellegrini

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