Hailing from Senigallia, Italy, Luigi Morbidelli specializes in landscape, food, and still-life photography. I came across his pictures in 2016 and was blown away by what he is able to capture.
Cendrine Marrouat: What inspired you to become a photographer? Any particular story?
Luigi Morbidelli: I began taking pictures around the age of 17, thanks to a cousin. While living away whenever he was in my area, he called me to go out to photograph. Once a field of sunflowers, another the dawn, sea, and so on.
Then, one day, he gave me an enlarger. From that moment, I started experiencing in the darkroom. Since then, the passion has grown more and more.
CM: What is your favorite subject to photograph?
LM: Taking a journey back, I realized that in almost 30 years of photography, my main subject was landscape. Then, a few years ago, I decided to attend a photography course designed especially for landscape photographers and to explore the theme more seriously, leaving out other genres.
At the moment I'm concentrating also on food photography.
CM: What makes a good photo?
LM: A good photo is above all about the right light. You can photograph the most beautiful subject in the world but if you do it with in the wrong lighting, the photo will always be bad.
Then, for good composition, look for the best place to photograph the subject. This can sometimes mean having to walk several kilometers, and also being a little lucky.
CM: What is the photo you prefer in your portfolio? Why?
LM: It is difficult to choose because most of the photos have their own story. However, if I have to choose the one I prefer, it is Alba dal Molo di Senigallia (Dawn from the Dock of Senigallia).
I got up at 5 a.m. to photograph the conjunction between the Moon and Venus (I also love astronomy) to avoid photographing the landscape at dawn. When I arrived on site, from the darkness and the harbor lights preventing me from seeing the stars clearly, I felt the weather was really bad. Inside of me I started thinking: “I got up at 5 a.m. for nothing”. But fortunately little by little, the clouds thinned and I was able to photograph the conjunction. But, the light was not very nice.
I was going to dismantle the equipment but since I was already up and it was nearly dawn, I decided to stay. The more time passed, the more intense the pink in the sky became. It was the most beautiful color that I had ever seen. It was an amazing emotion. Alba dal molo di Senigallia by Luigi Morbidelli
CM: Any photographer you admire?
LM: The photographer I admire most, maybe because I studied and learned a lot from his books, is certainly Ansel Adams. In his time he was an innovator, one who changed the way of shooting and conceiving pictures.
For many people surely he is considered too technical. But it is also true that mastering the technique helps you create anything you have in your head.
CM: What piece of advice would you give photographers who are starting with online promotion?
LM: Depending on the type of photography, you have to find the platform that you think is best. But first of all, you must have a well-designed website that explains in words and images what you do, why, and especially what kind of customers you target with your work.
Above all, don't be disheartened by negative moments. There will be some but they can and must be overcome.
CM: Anything else you would like to share?
LM: Choose the genre of photography that you like, and explore it fully to become a master of that genre.
Thank you Cendrine for the space that you have given me and for what you do for the artists with your blog.