The Quiet After the Storm. It is my unique philosophy toward my landscapes that lend so much intensity and expression to them, a philosophy perhaps strongly determined by the pure beauty of my native Mediterranean environment. Whereas in a portrait the eyes are the soul of the subject, in my landscapes, where the sky is always predominant, the sky is the soul of the image. With the sky, I can express joy, sadness, or power. Furthermore, with the use of color, I like to amplify the message. But more often than not, at the moment I take a photo, I try to find the final cut, in order to have from the beginning the ‘why’ of that image without any further transformation. Many of my photos remind me of the poem ‘La quiete dopo la tempesta’ (‘The quiet after the storm’) by Giacomo Leopardi. Many of my photos are taken after the rain, which is a recurrent theme in my photos as it is a time in nature that I love to capture. Images can say so much. They can hold my attention for long periods of time because they stir up emotions and sensations in me. I find that others who look at one of my photographs are able to receive the emotion that I am sending with that image. My favorite thing to do is to lose myself in small towns and look for details that capture the lives of the people who live there. I look for traditions and cultures that are passed on from generation to generation and seem ingrained in the stones of the streets and the buildings.