Featured Photographer – Giovanni Allievi

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Tell us about yourself. When did you first start in photography and what other things do you enjoy doing apart from photography?

I’m a 46-year-old Italian photographer. I started playing with cameras back in the eighties, borrowing my father’s equipment (Polaroid, Zenit and even a folding Coronet!) with not much success. Around 1999 I picked up my first digital camera (a Nikon Coolpix 990, which I still own) and slowly started to get the hang of this wonderful new way of making images; landscapes mainly.

The path to obtain believable images – at least up to the much beloved Velvia standard was a steep one, since all the magic that happened on film had to be recreated from scratch. Photography isn’t my day job but I put a lot of passion and commitment when it comes to get the shot I have in mind. I do exhibitions now and then and sell prints of my works through my website.


What is your camera and brand of choice? Why do you use it and what do you most like about the product and brand?

I use a Canon 5d MkII but I’ll soon switch to the new Sony A7r MkII when it will be available (hopefully very soon…). I’ll keep the Canon as a backup since it is a very good camera.

What’s your favourite lens? 

Zeiss Distagon 21mm, without doubt. It is super sharp corner to corner even at f/2.8, which is nice to have when shooting compositions with starry skies. My favourite photo taken with this lens is titled “Malpasso beach”: I remember I had to return to the beach over and over, waiting for the sea to be rough enough to reach the back of the beach and fill the frame with a nice receding wave.


Is there a camera bag your could recommend? What’s so good about it? Does it have any advantages or disadvantages?

I use a Tamrac Expedition 4x on a daily basis. It is sturdy and just of the size I need.

We’re all on social media these days, but which one do you use?

I’m on g+, Pinterest, 500px and 1x. 500px and 1x are my goto sites when I need inspiration and to post my new works.


Whose work or personality really inspires you to go out and take photos? How did you first come across their work?

I think Michael Fatali is my favourite living landscape photographer. These days we are all used to look and appreciate images on a monitor but to me the printed image is the true expression of the photographer’s goals: needless to say how great his photographs AND prints are. I met him in person recently and I was mesmerised by his works in his Springdale gallery.

When was your favourite moment? What happened? Did you manage to take a photo or experience something? Tell us about it.

I think it was when I shot the “Rough sea 12” photo. It is a never-ending project I started some 15 years ago that tries to capture single sea waves in their most strangest shapes and dramatic light. That morning, a few years ago, I knew I would get home with a great shot…



We’ve all been there, but when was the last time you had a bad day? What happened?

It was in a shooting session for the “Rough sea” project: one morning, in semi-darkness, I was partially hit by a wave that destroyed my newly bought camera…

If you could go anywhere in the world to take photographs where would you go? Does this place have any significant meaning to you?

Um, I think New Zealand and Australia are high on my list.


Last book read? Well it could be a magazine, ebook or any other written form, but what was the book about? Would you recommend it?

I’m reading “Les marins perdus” by Jean Claude Izzo. It is about the lives and troubles of some seamen. Still reading it, but I’d recommend it so far.

Coffee or tea of choice? Spill the beans we want to know!

“Coffee Lavazza Oro” made the italian way (you know, the hourglass shaped thing…). Sweetend with a hint of honey. I only have tea when I’m feeling sick (sorry tea addicted!).

Food of choice?

This is a tough one. Maybe the “Sardenaria” pizza: no cheese, only tomato sauce and anchovies…now I’m drooling…oh yes, with a cold beer.

Finally any advice to others? Everyone has a little bit of advice to give, so what is it?

Don’t waste your time: seize the day!


To see more of Giovanni Allievi works head over to his website, 1x gallery, 500px gallery, Google+ or Pinterest.

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