ABOUT ME

Thank you for visiting my Photography page.

My name is Gianluca Lombardi and I was born in Taranto (Italy) on 12 January 1979. I have a PhD in Astrophysics, and during my life I have always worked as an Astronomer in several scientific institutions worldwide. The passion for photography came following my father's steps, when films were still developed in the small dark room arranged in a corner downstairs.

For my Photography I find inspiration in the Nature, and I always try to respectfully represent it with my camera. Being respectful implies that as a human I must not alter the scene, nor damage the environment that surrounds me. But there is a further meaning.

All my pictures are linked to a feeling, that is the motivation driving the choice of making that photo in that place, in that special moment. I will not take the picture if I do not find that feeling. I consider digital post-processing a critical part of a photo making, nevertheless I have imposed myself not to modify the reality that I see with my eyes, being respectful of what Nature offers to us, with no need of artificial digital alterations in the scene. This is the reason behind my motto: A Respectful Representation of Nature.

When I decide to take a photo, my primary purpose is to try to convey a sentiment. It is what the scene transmits to me at that moment. The empathic connection with the surrounding environment is the fundamental trigger to try to tell a story of that moment with a photo. Few places put me at peace with myself like the cold Patagonian landscapes of the southern Andes. I have no other place that I like to call Home. More generally, cold subantarctic landscapes, invigorating chilly high mountains, and the silent shore of a peaceful lake, are the places where I achieve to express the best of my artistic vein.

My landscape and wildlife pictures have been displayed in international scientific outreach magazines such as National Geographic and Science, TV shows such as BBC’s The Sky at Night, and presented at exhibitions in different countries. Currently, I have partnerships with the Outreach Departments of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), and the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS (GTC). I am a collaborator of SIGMA Photo Canarias, LG Mobile Official on Instagram, and travel agencies such as ChimuAdventures and QuarkExpeditions. I am regularly appointed as member of international photo contests juries. In particular, in the present I am a permanent jury member of the Fotografos Latinoamericanos community on Facebook which counts on hundreds of thousands of photographers worldwide.

I hope you have found some inspiration with my photos. Please, feel free to contact me using the form in the Contact page. I will be happy to talk with you.