While most of his pictures depict the never-ending stature and imposing beauty of mountainous landscapes, Marco still manages to add an element of inexplicable peacefulness to his photos. His work captures nature’s raw power and ruggedness, while his use of light highlights its majesty; his photos act as a constant reminder of our insignificance compared to these monumental landscapes. He frequently summons the strength to head out into the most brutal of conditions and sit through agonising waits, all to get an image he deems worthy of the immense views before him.
Marco has a passion for travel, and exploring continents is quite literally his life; his aim, to inspire others to venture out and witness the world too. Born and raised in Italy, he decided to spend a year travelling around New Zealand, which in turn led to Thailand, and eventually a round-the-world trip. He is constantly on the move, his camera always in hand and at the ready to capture crashing waves, statuesque panoramas, and unpredictable conditions. Pelorus caught him between flights to discuss his photography and the planning that goes into every image.
How did you first get into photography?
It’s during a one-year trip to New Zealand that I’ve discovered my passion for photography. The breathtaking natural wonders and pristine landscapes have always been the main interest in my travels and, in New Zealand, I started feeling as I had to capture those incredible sceneries around me, share them with other people and inspire them to travel more.
What cameras do you shoot with?
In a few days it will be four years since I have had my first – and only – camera. It’s an old and vintage Canon 5D Mark III.
What is your go-to lens for your work?
The best answer is probably that it depends. I own three lenses: 16-35, 24-70, 70-200. When I go hiking I only bring two lenses (wide-angle + telephoto), other than that I’m always carrying them all and use the right lens, according to what I’m shooting.