Welcome to my personal website! It was initially intended to show only my photographic works, but in recent times it has assumed a dual functionality of container for my academic achievements, as well as for my pictures obviously. Most of my photographies are in black and white. This way of capturing reality has profoundly affected my way to see things. In the academic field, most of the areas of inquiry are grey. Hence, it is fundamental to be curious and open-minded, if significant results are to be achieved. In day-to-day reality, not everything is in black and white.
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To access the photographic galleries, click on the links below.
To find out more about my academic life and grasp what I do, click here.
To know something more about my photographic roots, read below.
My photographic story goes back to when I was 13 years old. I remember as it was yesterday my first shot, with a Zenit-ES. It was love at first sight. My first pictures where overexposed, crooked and sometimes slightly out of focus, but I was the happiest kid with this camera! Summers passed, and I have never left my passion for photography and for analog cameras. At some point, I decided to use a digital camera (when needed), but the best pleasure for me still remains for films analog cameras and photo processing.
My photography may be resumed in three different bases: composition, patience, and research. Concerning the first one, it should be stressed that I like to think a lot about the ideal shot, asking myself already in this phase how it will result printed on paper. I always wonder what could be the best use of light and which contrast to set on. Sometimes I would like to be like Gregory Crewdson and make an entire set for one single picture, putting everything at the right place, at the right time for the shot. Maybe, in reality, all those ideas are just in my mind, and in fact, they take only a second, because, as a matter of fact, I am always ready to shoot in any moment. Hence, analog photography has taught me a lot, and one of the most prominent features I learned is to have patience: sometimes you feel that the spot or the light or the frame could be right, but it is not how we imagine in our head. We start taking some random shootings, but why? Let’s patience for some seconds, the light will change, the conditions will change also and our moment will come. I use to note on my agenda places I’d like to capture, waiting for the worth moment for it. Surprisingly, this results in travels with my camera and not for my camera. Sometimes I prefer to stimulate my perceptions and my visual sensations instead of taking pictures and wait for the proper moment. I remember when I spent 6 hours in the Polar Circle, just to take a picture worth the waiting. Or the day I have spent from midnight to midnight in the underground of NY. Super worth, but also super exhausting. Hence, what about research? I am a predominantly a black and white photographer, since my eternal guide is light. As Vittorio Storaro taught me, we can always write something with light. And that’s a hell of a true story. Light stimulates us to look for shadows, contrasts, and collision to normal perceptions, to research the best composition and frame to impress in our memories an image of time, in a single click.
Umberto Nizza is an attorney and Ph.D. fellow in Law & Economics. He graduated in law in Italy and France and he is a former international consultant for ILO and UNESCO. His academic activity can be found on the page linked above. He has in his c.v. some collaborations and appearance in locals Italians newspaper and a seminar in NY’s I.C.P. He prints his pictures with fine art technique mostly and uses primary a Canon EOS 1VHS, a Zenza Bronica Sq-A and a digital EOS 1Ds mkII / EOS 5D MK III. His precious loves are ILFORD Delta films for black and white, PORTRA, VELVIA, EKTAR and PROVIA for color. He still uses his Zenit-ES sometimes.
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