A crab claws at the dome port of Photographer of the Week Davide Lopresti's camera
Davide Lopresti’s relationship with the sea is perhaps best encapsulated with the word “respect.” Growing up in a family of fishermen in Fezzano—a quaint village on the Italian Riviera—Davide looked for every chance to stick his head under the water. He not only loved the sea; he lived it.
Davide’s respect for the ocean is imbued into his images through a sense of delicacy—often communicated through creative lighting techniques and capturing the decisive moment. As is natural for a true aquaphile, Davide’s interests have expanded from the saline sea to backwoods creeks and fashion shoots.
His awards are as numerous and diverse as his subjects, including distinctions from the Underwater Photographer of the Year (2016), National Geographic Italia (2014), Siena International Photo Awards (2015), and several prizes from the Underwater Competition Series. Davide also enjoys giving back to the community by sharing his imaging secrets and thoughts on the latest gear in various publications.
Say ah! A peek at a parasite living inside the mouth of an anemonefish
In addition to wildlife photography, Davide has dabbled in fashion and conceptual underwater imagery
This fantastic image earned Davide an Honorable Mention in the “Macro Unrestricted” category of the 2018 Our World Underwater imaging competition
This inverted perspective is just one example of Davide’s artistic uniqueness
A pair of clownfish take refuge inside of a balled-up anemone
Shall we dance?
Another of Davide’s award-winning images: Honorable Mention (“Wide-Angle Unrestricted”) at Our World Underwater 2015
Davide's images are often identified by stark contrast between subject and background
The use of a slow shutter speed to create motion blur earned Davide a Gold prize in the 2016 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition
Davide’s images provide a unique perspective on many common underwater photo subjects. Can you guess what this is?
Davide ponders his next underwater shoot
For more of Davide’s work, make sure to visit his website, www.davidelopresti.net.
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