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Imaginary Nature

Mattia Oliviero

Mattia Oliviero

I am lucky in living in a small city in the Italian Alps with beautiful places for hiking. Since 2008 I have started using a camera to capture what I like about the landscape close to where I live. Landscape photography allows me to express my creativity and at the same time enjoying the nature.



At the beginning of my journey into landscape photography, I was fascinated by grand views and dramatic sunrises and sunsets. Too often my approach was to looking for a place, finding a good composition and then waiting for the “best” light to come. It was just a mechanical process without the passion and the love I feel every time I go into nature.

Thanks to many photographers, who have really inspired me, lately I have begun to look at the landscape in a more intimate and personal way. These images are a glimpse on little details which have sparked my imagination in the last year. Something of mine, and something about how I feel when I am out in nature.



  • prashant khapane

    these are excellent images Mattia.

    • mattia

      Thanks a lot Prashant.

  • Wonderful work, really nicely done.

    • mattia

      Happy you like it, Colin. Thank you.

  • Francis Grimshaw

    “At the beginning of my journey into landscape photography, I was fascinated by grand views and dramatic sunrises and sunsets. Too often my approach was to looking for a place, finding a good composition and then waiting for the “best” light to come […] a mechanical process”
    I’m rather late to the party, but this strikes me as profoundly true, or at least it’s something I’ve felt about my own work in the past as well. Probably quite a lot of people drawn to landscapes initially want to be able to take photographs like the ones you’ve displayed here. But it takes both a certain imaginative ability and a certain perceptive ability; and who, starting out, knows how to develop abilities like that, beyond trial-and-error?
    Acceptable (but unremarkable) sunrise/mountain/lake shots, on the other hand, really only require lots of travel and lots of persistence. There’s a tempting way of thinking, without really admitting it, that if the overall scene is beautiful enough then you don’t need to do very much work on top of that to make something (compositionally) interesting. But the resulting images are (well, in my experience) are very likely to be merely okay, and hardly ever *special*.

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