I was born in Pirano, a small fisherman town just South of Trieste, an Italian port at the top of the Adriatic Sea. When I was five, we moved to Trieste where I grew up. The region is rich in history and is surrounded by a beautiful natural environment. Within a two-hour drive from the town's public beaches are thousands of limestone caves (some world-famous), 9,000 foot Eastern Alps peaks, Venice, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. It is an area of exceptional botanical and zoological diversity with a number of rare plant species brought over from the Himalayas by high elevation winds. It's a fossil-collecting heaven too.
Like many of the local young people, I spent a lot of my free time practicing many Summer and Winter outdoor sports from skin diving to caving, hiking, rock climbing and all kind of skiing. Since my early teen-age years, photography was a fun companion and a natural complement to my adventures. I had an easy time learning from my father who was an accomplished historical documentarian.
Through time, I experimented with a number of subjects including Nature, classic architecture, travel, portrait and performing arts. I used a variety of 2 1/4" and 35mm film gear and built my own darkroom where I pulled b&w and Cibachrome color prints. In 1980, I acquired my Italian license as a freelance photographer. My work included a step-by-step photographic documentation of the hand-making of paper mache, leather and ceramic Venetian masks. The documentary was also exhibited in Manhattan.