That’s how you pronounce ‘Chiaro Scuro’, the title of a new book about the world of light-dark contrast photography. While this is mainly the field of painters, our long-time ambassador Marco Ronconi found it to be his ‘signature‘ photography and discovers chiaro scuro in the wild.
Right now he is mastering the art of making his claire-obscur images in hostile and difficult circumstances. Where the harsh light and bitter cold makes most photographers call it a day and get some warm coffee, Marco pushes the limits and stays out until dusk.
These are not ‘lucky shots‘ of the kind that many of us can make once in a while, but carefully planned images – the most beautiful of which are selected by Marco for this book.
He captures emotions and shapes suggestion using light and weather elements such as snow, ice and mist. A unique vision of creative wildlife photography, prominently featured in his book.
Marsel Van Oosten wrote in the foreword :
Marco Ronconi’s images are a celebration of the natural world by focusing on the very essence of it. By discarding color and by using a stark contrast between light and dark, that which matters is emphasised, and all else is reduced to a supporting role. When color is out of the picture, what’s left are contrasts, shapes, lines, and space. Used correctly, these ingredients can create visual art that gets your attention without screaming for it, and that points you to the essence without pushing you towards it. It’s subtle yet outspoken. It’s simple yet smart. It is the beauty of our planet as we know it, but seen through the eyes of an artist.
The book was printed in a limited edition. We only have a few copies left for sale
- 28×26,5 cm fine-art coffee table book
- Hardcover, 192 pages featuring more than 140 black and white images of wildlife and landscapes of the northern hemisphere
- 170 gr Munken Kristall rough paper
- Foreword by Marsel Van Oosten
- English, Italian and Japanese texts