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By: Journalist Margaux Cintrano
Photo Copyright: Gigi Montali
MARGAUX: Firstly, could you tell the readership, where you were born and raised ?
Gigi: Hi, I was born and raised in Parma, my way, I have lived near the Po river for over thirty years, I think that its slow and sometimes impetuous flow has forged my character, the Emilian land is an agricultural and laborious land where food, culture and the desire to have fun are daily.
MARGAUX: What or who, inspired you to study photography ?
Gigi: I only approached photography when, after traveling with friends in Northern Europe, at the age of twenty, I felt the need to stop my emotions with images. My older brother gave me, his first reflex (Yashica FX3), and from there I started studying and doing some courses with professionals from Parma. I made my first travel report (worthy of the name) in Peru in 2002, in the last few years I have dedicated my photo a lot to my land and its traditions.
MARGAUX:In the past couple of years you have travelled extensively. Iceland, Mississippi´s Blues Route and Turkey. What are your future trips for 2019 – 2020 ?
Gigi: I have just returned from a trip to Naples, a very interesting city all points of view, but in the fall I will go to visit Colombia, a magnificent country still little known by mass tourism.
MARGAUX:What subjects inspire you most, to take photographs of ?
Gigi: I love meeting people: their history and life in their everyday life, telling a place through its landscapes and the people who live it are my inspiration.
MARGAUX:I have also followed your Photography Courses and what is most fulfilling in training and teaching for you ? Could your provide a schedule of some of your Autumn Courses ?
Gigi: For some years now I have started doing workshops and training courses, it is nice to pass on your passion to others and to receive energy from others to continue the activity, in October I plan a couple of Workshops on the Big River and a couple of photography courses for beginners, I manage the training activity from mid-October to the beginning of December.
MARGAUX:You are a master of landscaping, urban architecture, ancient buildings, food products, art of plating, wines and portraits. What captures your interest most when taking a photo ? Colors ? Expressions ? The product itself ? The admiration for a building ?
Gigi: I could enclose it all in a single noun EMOTION! I like to portray what excites my heart! It can be the colors, the shapes, the fatigue of man or the beauty in a form of art!
MARGAUX: Do you have plans on authoring any books ?
Gigi: I have already published several books, the last in order of time “Custodi del Tempo” is the result of research done in small country museums or even at the homes of collectors of objects of human ingenuity. I would like to re-edit “Verdi in the Mist” book sold out a few years ago, the book investigated the great Maestro Giuseppe Verdi, about the human aspect of the character, going to portray landscapes and places that inspired him in the composition of his works.
MARGAUX: We met at Extraordinary Food & Wine Fair 2019, and I see that you are the Official Photographer to the event and the Founder, Fausto Brozzi. What inspires you most about Venice and the event ?
Gigi: I think this event is really interesting and different from the many food fairs that are in Italy, being the official photographer gives me the opportunity to meet small producers and “have fun” taking pictures in the midst of so much good food !!
MARGAUX: If money were not an object, what is your gastronomic dream trip ?
Gigi: The dream is in the Australian continent, I think you know interesting because you can find all the food cultures. Another interesting trip certainly may be China, but the most beautiful journey to do is to leave and wander in our beautiful country (Italy) in search of small taverns where you can still taste the sincere tastes! Italy is the house of good food and good wine, in every village you can discover flavors that you didn’t think existed.
Publisher Margaux Cintrano of Beyond Taste, Oltre il Gusto Magazine
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