That is, some of the most frequently asked questions they have asked me since I started to explain my work… (click on the “+” on the right to read the answers)
Tell me a little bit about yourself
I was born in Occhiobello (RO) on March 21, 1961, curiously the first day of spring and world day for forests; I currently live and work in Ferrara as a visual artist and freelance photographer.
Son of art, my mother Carolina Marisa Occari was a painter and engraver of stature, I have lived with the universe of art since childhood. I played for a while with brushes and canvases until in 2000 I arrived at the optical medium (analog first and digital then).
I have been a member of FIAF (Italian Federation of Photographic Associations) and FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique) since 2009. Member and lecturer of fotoclub Ferrara of which I have been Vice President since 2015. I successfully participated in national and international competitions obtaining numerous awards and admissions in addition to the AFIAP (FIAP Artiste) awards in 2014 and EFIAP (Excellence FIAP) in 2016.
Initially attracted by travel photography, I now enthusiastically dedicate to a more introspective and conceptual exploration in which I can express all my creativity. Especially on the subject of trees, my great passion.
In the last 12 years I have exhibited in various personal and collective both in Italy and abroad, some of which are reported at the bottom of the “HOME” page
Several of my photos have been published in catalogs and magazines in the sector.
I have always been passionate about volleyball, art in all its forms and travels.
I love Nature in which I like to immerse myself whenever I can.
In addition to selling my works, I carry out photo shoots, mainly interior design for hotels, holiday homes, villas, B&Bs.
Do you only take pictures of trees?
Of course NOT. Although I am very selective, I have a really large and heterogeneous photographic archive. If you like you can take a look by clicking on the link below…
But is it true that you do not recognize them?
Contrary to what many people think, absolutely true. I am not an arborector nor an agronomist, a botanist or simply a tree scholar. Although I recently purchased a book about trees, they are often unable to recognize their species and varieties. And sometimes this also happens with those whom I “embrace” and with whom I spend a lot of time! It’s not fundamental to me. I just love them…
Why do you give such simple titles to your photos?
I’ve never been good at giving titles to what I create or just the photos I take but in the case of trees I never even thought it really important. At first I thought I would call my “hugs” tree 1, tree 2 etc. Then I switched to olive tree, plane tree, white mulberry … without any other specification. From the first exhibition in2017 I understood that people are pleased to know at least where the tree is and I then started pointing it out in my titles: The Beech of Pani, Sophora_Savorgnano, The Apple tree of Pesariis …
Is it possible to have prints in other formats as well?
After many tests, I defined 3 measurements for my reproductions: 45×60, 60×80 and 90×120 cm. This allows me to better manage the LUCA ZAMPINI archive in which I record all the sales made, because when the fifth and last copy of the edition is purchased I withdraw the work from sale. If you are interested in different sizes but still more than 45×60 cm contact me and I will try to understand if I can satisfy you.
Can you tell me some stories about the trees you met?
Certainly. For everyone I have a particular memory that binds me to him. Tell me which one interests or intrigues you and I will gladly answer you as soon as possible.
Work on commission?
I usually do it for real estate photos of interior designers for hotels, villas, holiday homes and b&bs but regarding trees for now I would tell you… Well,depends! Tell me about your idea and see if that’s possible!
Can you advise me on how to frame the work I'm interested in?
Very willingly. Write to me and I’il try to give you some suggestions. Free of charge and without any commitment on your part.
Because for project " ... why can't trees fly." did you only take 8 photos and "HUGS" many more?
Because the first one is an idea That I developed to raise people’s awareness of the environmental problem, and eight large photos in a room seemed like enough to make it. “HUGS”/abbracci as I wrote on the page MY TREES is instead a life project, which goes on with me as long as I have the opportunity to look for new trees.
Can you tell me a little more about your prints?
Gladly. I did tests for over a year before defining what today seems optimal for my work:
1.fineart prints on 100% high quality cotton and durability paper, Canson Infinity Rag 310 gr/m2 , then treated with a special protective paint.
Dimensions 45×60 and 60×80 cm
2. prints on certified canvas (size 90×120 cm).
The photo is printed through cutting-edge technologies on artistic, valuable and certified canvases, with special HP Latex colors ® guaranteed. This ensures bright colors and allows you to reproduce even the smallest details, giving a significantly better image quality than traditional canvases.
Solvent-free colors make photo products suitable for children and people with allergies. The ink is also odorless. Professional canvases are completed with a UV-resistant HP-certified coating that makes photos shine with bright colors.
The rods that make up the frame are made of high-quality spruce wood. The XXL frame with a 4 CM frame ensures better stability and a gallery look. The wooden structure of the frame makes it easy to hang.
The canvas is laid out on the frame and stopped with clips in the back. This means that the content of the image is pulled on the edges so that the image can be hung even without frame. Each photo is produced with care and attention to detail. If you want more details or maintenance instructions write me as well.
What technique do you use? How do you do that?
This is a question that they ask me often, especially photographers and photo amateurs. I don’t actually use special effects and the answer is already on MY TREES page. In summary I could say that I use overlaps of different shots, that is, those that I need to produce the ideas that I explain on the page: I approach you, I embrace you, I would like to protect you etc. This takes a lot of time, thinking with your heart and less about technique. When the image take form in my mind I start shooting. Then at home stacking the shots on each other I get more or less that image. All the time I dedicate it to the tree, not to the PC. And if I don’t have enough time, I give up shooting, as I do if that tree doesn’t give me emotions superior to pure beauty.
How do you find your trees?
Sometimes meetings happen by accident. More often I start from research done on the web, hoping that among us the “magic” will take place.
My main sources currently are the lists of the monumental trees of Italy of Mipaaf (Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies), the Facebook groups Lovers of monumental trees, Big Tree Seekers, friends of trees and ascuoladaglialberi.net but I also do a lot of research on Google and Instagram. I then have many friends who after being at my exhibition send me photos of trees for whatsapp asking if they could “inspire me”. This kind of positive contagion with them I find definitely fantastic! The research therefore starts mainly from monumental trees although then maybe love is born for another nearby, not particularly old or important for bearing, history or location (what I affectionately call the foundlings).
Is there a map of your meetings?
Given that I have many trees both in Italy and abroad that I can’t wait to reach to find out if something snaps between us, below I tried to map those for whom I felt something shocking, from which were born then “hugs,” visible now in Gallery… GO TO THE MAP