Paolo Bongianino produces breathtaking views of nature, but no matter how large his subject, his secret lies in paying attention to the details. Bongianino photographs mountains, oceans, forests, and even clouds of fog rolling across the land. His perspective is often sweeping, with the camera raised above eye level to create both grandeur and a sense of longevity. The compositions, devoid of human effect and filled to all edges, imply timelessness. Image and emotion: that is the summary of his approach to photography.
To achieve such a deep-seated emotional resonance, Bongianino uses saturated colors to carefully mark aesthetic high and low notes throughout each image. He photographs the land as if photographing sports, with the sharpest possible resolution. And above all, he is attuned to the subtle ways a detail can change a picture – how the texture of one tree’s leaves informs a photograph’s symmetry, how the pattern of sunlight creates varying lighting elements, or how a few degrees’ shift in perspective can tilt an image onto an entirely different plane.
Bongianino was born in Trivero, Biella and currently lives in Milan, where he’s spent most of his life. He has exhibited in London, New York, and Milan among other cities.