All images by Andrea Securo. Used with permission.
Photographer Andrea Securo is quite lucky. He’s a geology student that lives by the mountains and that has a great talent for photographing dolomites. I found his work via Behance and was intrigued by his sense of composition, use of contrast, etc. He’s studied the work of many photographers such as Chris Burkard, Sebastian Salgado, Ansel Adams, and more. If he keeps at it, his work may even be up there with those wonderful photographers.
Phoblographer: Talk to us about how you got into photography.
Andrea: I got into photography gradually since I was a kid because I really loved to take photos of landscapes and nature of all the trips that my parents did with me and their van. Then while growing I saw that this was really one of the things that I prefer to do and I started getting a little bit more seriously in it.
Phoblographer: What made you want to get into landscape work?
Andrea: I’ve always did landscapes and travel photography and I’ll always do that, that’s what I like most, and as far as I’m a non professional I want to keep doing what I love.
Phoblographer: Talk to us about your specific fascination with Dolomites? You’ve got three projects on Behance featuring those!
Andrea: I’m a Geology student and I really love outdoors sports like mountain biking and trail running, how can’t I love the Dolomites? Further I live quite close to them so I can plan a lot of excursion and trekking in all seasons and weather conditions.
Phoblographer: Which photographers do you feel really influenced the work that you do?
Andrea: If I have to say two photographers that I really love above the greatest: Ansel Adams and Sebastiao Salgado. But in the “Normals” category I really like some works from Max Rive, Daniel Kordan, Chris Burkard, Michael Goh, and Nicholas Roemmelt; they really evoke the wanderlust hidden in me.
Phoblographer: Not all of it, but a lot of your work is really done during cloudy days. What attracts you to the way that the land looks on those days?
Andrea: I really love to go in the mountains when nobody is there; and when there’s a cloudy day the atmosphere is magical and more peaceful than with a clear blue sky; it makes me deeply immersed in nature and let me take more dramatic shots.
Phoblographer: How does contrast play a part of your photography? There’s a mix of high contrast and low contrast work in your portfolio.
Andrea: I really love contrasted pictures and impressive large panoramas, so I’m always searching to get something that makes the people saying “Wow, I want to go there.”
Phoblographer: Black and white or color: which do you personally prefer and why?
Andrea: Well, it depends on the situation; I prefer black and white when I want to get more minimal pictures, for the rest of the cases I really prefer colors, with those you can evidence more what you want the people see in your photos.
Phoblographer: What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned about composing landscape photographs?
Andrea: Let’s just say some of them:
- Sunny clear blue sky days are for sure one of the worst things to shoot dramatic landscapes
- Always bring your tripod
- Get used to using filters. If not you’ll shoot great photos just before sunrise and after sunset.
- Be patient, don’t shoot too much just because the place where you are in are awesome.
Phoblographer: How do you go about scouting for the locations you shoot? Is it just lots of random wandering?
Andrea: It depends, I love to explore new places especially by hiking there with my girlfriend (who is very patient fortunately) or with my friends but when I find a spot that I really like I use to come back in the proper moment to see how it is and shoot it properly.
Phoblographer: Talk to us about the gear that you use. How does it help you get the images that you want?
Andrea: Carrying on all the gear in all the excursions is not easy of course, but there’s so much situations in which you should be versatile that I’ll never leave home nothing, except maybe for the tripod which is really heavy during long hikes.