Minnesota



Gabriele Dellanave


My interest in photography began as a child in Italy. At first, I was intrigued by the mechanics of the camera and loved taking apart my uncle's cameras to see how things worked. Gradually I began to appreciate how I could express myself through images. My friends often made encouraging comments about my photos and started to rely on me to document events, which of course, gave my passion a purpose.

At that time I had also begun to dabble in sports photography for our region's newspapers. Later my interest evolved into studio work with a friend in Italy who specialized in commercial photography. There we created brochures, catalogs and other marketing materials for several large manufacturing companies. 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. Not only did I enjoy taking the photos, I was also enamored with the chemistry of the darkroom and began to create nuance with black and white images. 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.

I'm 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 am always open to learning more about composition, light and subject control. I really never tire of learning more about every aspect of photography including technique and product marketing. I just finished a challenging project documenting the work of a group of medical professionals and first-year medical students in a mountain village in Nicaragua. The challenge presented itself both in sensitive subject matter and light problems since most of the photography had to be done indoors in poor light conditions. Photography is immensely important to me; I find great satisfaction in every aspect of the process from beginning to end.