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Photographic stories: “Andrea Celli - Everything in its place"

Hi guys,

given the positive feedback of the two years of Photographic stories, I decided to continue the column by starting the third season with an Italian author. I am very happy and grateful for his availability, the Italian landscapes are of extraordinary beauty and seeing colleagues, with an approach similar to mine, immortalize landscapes in different territories from those in which I live, fills my heart with emotions. I have been following Andrea's works for some years and I love the extraordinary images of him that immortalize mountain and alpine woodland landscapes, with delicate and delusional compositions and color combinations, I perceive in them the sensations experienced, between thoughts, sounds, smells. Glad to have you in my Andrea column!

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First of all, thanks Antonio for giving me the opportunity to talk about one of my most recent favorite photos and for giving me this space on your blog. I took this photograph few months ago, exactly in October, in one of the alpine valleys that I loved the most right away.

It was 2018 when I crossed the Italian border with a group of friends to stay a few days in France in a camper. From this first experience was born the first contact with these alpine valleys, made of magnificent mountains and splendid rivers above all, even if my attention has always been focused on the beautiful specimens of plants and trees that populate this area I returned this Autumn to these valleys and to new areas to continue a personal journey and project and to resume the splendid colors of the trees.

After spending a few nights in a tent at high altitude I had left a few days off to go back to

areas I knew best and take a series of linked shots. Among these, one of my favorites is “Everything in its place”.

To make this photo, I related and connected two similar trees on different planes.

I used the blur of the foreground on the first tree to enhance the second and thus create a play of voids and filled spaces that could put everything in their place.

The concept I had in mind was to fill with the leaves in the foreground the gaps of the second subject where I aimed the focus. In post processing I worked looking for a calibration on the colors as harmonious as possible trying to keep the tonal interactions to a minimum, mainly concentrated in the warm colors of the leaves.

This photo represents a lot to me especially for emotional reasons. It is a hug and a bond with memories I have of these valleys that stole my heart years ago and that still have a lot to tell me today.

I can't wait to come back soon to immerse myself again in a scenario to which I am very attached.


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Hi Andrea,

I appreciate your personal approach to landscape compositions a lot. Many landscape photographers - me included - are too much afraid of elements out of focus I think. As our brains suppress these blurred elements during processing our visual input, we are not used to perceive them consciously in daily life. Yet blurredness can be a strong and convincing compositional element when used intentionally, directing the attention of the viewer to our main subjects. As you mentioned, color is of particular importance in this case. Color provides the deciding connection between the diverse elements in your image. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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Andrea Celli
Andrea Celli
16 ene 2022
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Hello Peter, thank you for your kind words.

I think that we all need to follow our instincts, tastes, and ways how we perceive subjects and elements of Nature. In my works I try a lot on the field before to get the right key on the image. Happy to share my thoughts and to read your answer on this space as well. Regards Andre

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