I skimmed your website and found you have shot in a incredible variety of places; fresh water, mountain lakes, rivers, salt water environment and estuaries in many different countries. Where are the most important places you have been for shooting? Why do you like those places?
Anywhere can be exciting, but of course, I have some favourite places. For example, I enjoy working in MY rivers in Switzerland; to get positive results you have to deal with difficult ambient light and geometries to build an outstanding picture. Sometimes it is really a challenging environment, but in the meantime incredibly rewarding.
Photographing in saltwater paradises help me really appreciate the majesty of the underwater world. Papua New Guinea, Tasmania and North - East Indonesia I would say are no less than astonishing.

There is such a variety of wildlife in the world, so how do you decide what wildlife to shoot? How do you make your shooting plan (e.g. according to personal interests or assignments)? What’s your work plan for 2009 - 2010?
I do not work just to get beautiful photos; I don’t make my list of shots with the aim of having a good portfolio. I always try to work on a story, working accordingly to my personal interests.
My first target for a complete reportage is: images, trying to demonstrate animal behaviour as well as the threat facing the species. I’m always trying to document the ecosystem fragility in a positive manner.

I am very keen on underwater wildlife conservation, especially for endangered species. Always trying to help wildlife through my work. Plans: Feb-March 2010 for an Antarctic Elysium Expedition.

Tell us something about the equipment you often use in field shooting: what are the most important things for an underwater photographer?
I use two Canon EOS 5D Mark II bodies and lenses from 15 to 400mm. I really like the latest very bright Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L USM for which I studied a custom made underwater lens. The EF 15mm F/2.8 fish-eye is always with me everywhere underwater.
For land photography I mainly use the EF 16-35mm F/2.8L USM, the EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM and the 100-400 f/ F/4.5-5.6L IS USM.

Seacam housing with custom made underwater lenses adaptation make sure land image quality will always be available also underwater.

Technology and lens quality play a distinctive role in the underwater environment, where light, water, pressure and limited bottom time will always try to make your life as difficult as possible.

Many of your photos feature an amazing beauty of composition, timing and colour tone. Is there any particular photographer who has influenced your shooting?
Of course I've been inspired by certain great underwater photographers. One of all, an author I have admired since childhood is David Doubilet; he has an original style that goes beyond standard photographic rules, always capable to obtain new images. He is one of those photographers that loved nature, and his photos show it.

The images about the sperm whales in the Atlantic ocean, set near is amazing. How could you approach the calf; did this encounter afraid you ?
Sperm Whales are shy and harmful mammals, however due their size they can be unpredictable, especially calf. With a entire week of no show and far distance encounter on my last day in the water I had the privilege of receiving a unforgettable visit; a 5m “little” whale left mom for a thirty minutes play pause, resulting in a less then one metre close-up. Photographing Sperm Whales is anything but easy; and that was a unique opportunity for a lifetime shoot.

Underwater photography is an expensive activity, as well as time-consuming and exhausting. Do your photos sell well?
The life of an underwater photographer is not an easy one. At the moment I am not making a living out of this activity. I work exclusively for underwater, nature and ocean related magazines, doing independent work, and then offers it to them. Some good contact with some stock agencies also help me covering costs.

I have been working hard until now; hope luck will help me in the future to consolidate my passion in a full time job. Most important thing is above all to construct real stories and always attempt to find a new and original idea or approach.

A man living in modern society, as well as being an underwater photographer, do you think your photographing experience has any influence on your ideas regarding the relationship between man and nature? What is your advice regarding the attitude of modern man towards endangered seas and their creatures?
My photography makes me question the relationship between people economic obsession and nature every day. I have the good luck to travel often and visit marvellous places. However, I often find during my travels the damage that man is capable to inflict upon the natural environment. Seas especially suffer from human mistreatment. I have visited wild, untouched areas and upon my return to the same place just a few years later, I find them completely destroyed: I was witness to this in some tropical places like Indonesia, where fishing with rudimental bomb is still in place. That is what most pushes me, above all, to try to express the importance of wildlife conservation through my images; my hope is that my photos may help call attention to the safeguarding of the underwater environment. My hope is that in the future man will be able to find a balance between economic needs and respect for the environment, especially the sea.

How can diving skill affect your work?
Underwater like on land, the more you can concentrate on a subject, the more the final shoot will be rewarding. High diving skills help you concentrate on what you are photographing, and experience helps preventing potential issues. Working conditions underwater are really pushing you easy to your limits; clever thinking and precise dive planning is what give you the chance to keep pushing forward.