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Photographer of the Week – Massimo Giorgetta
By Daniel Norwood, March 7, 2019 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

A porcelain crab strikes a colorful pose, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Photography and art run in the family for our latest featured photographer Max Giorgetta. Having first picked up a camera at the tender age of 11, he spent his teenage years perfecting his shooting skills before graduating from college in 1981 and joining his parents’ business to work as a full-time professional photographer.

In 1994 he trained to become a dive instructor, and it wasn’t long before his passion for photography naturally progressed into the underwater world. Since then, Max has traveled all over the globe, taking some stunning images along the way. Proficient in a variety of different techniques, he has built up a diverse portfolio of images that include stunning over-unders, wide-angle reefscapes, macro portraits, and most intriguingly some very creative human model work.

Alongside crocs, sharks and other well-known critters, it is the modeling shots that really stand out and add something unique and original to Massimo’s underwater portfolio. Colorful scenes depicting woman dressed as Alice in Wonderland or playing musical instruments contrast nicely with darker images of workers operating machinery or men playing soccer, and it is sometimes hard to tell that these images have been shot underwater at all!

What is most obvious when looking at Max’s imagery is that working as a dive instructor and as a landscape and model photographer for decades has really helped him to become an excellent underwater shooter. All of the images in his portfolio are perfectly lit and technically on point and serve as a reminder to us all that there really is no substitute for years of experience and a good eye for an interesting and unique subject.

Face to face with an American crocodile at Gardens of the Queen, Cuba

A wobbegong shark in a Raja Ampat cavern, West Papua, Indonesia

A group of silky sharks form a perfect composition, Gardens of the Queen, Cuba

An emperor shrimp perfectly complements the colors of a Goniobranchus fidelis nudibranch, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

A Pontoh’s pygmy seahorse hangs out in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

A group of batfish gather under a jetty at Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

A pair of mandarinfish come together for an intimate mating ritual, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

“The Violinist”: Pool fashion shoot, Montegrotto Terme, Italy

“Soccer player”: Pool fashion shoot, Montegrotto Terme, Italy

Massimo Giorgetta

For more of Massimo’s beautiful captures, check out his website, www.maxgiorgetta.it.



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