Mirko Sotgiu [Photofarm]

Mirko Sotgiu portrait

Type of Photography:
Mountain travel and expeditions Reportages, Outdoor photography, nature photography.
Travel, nature and mountain films documentary

Favorite Camera and Lens:
Nikon D3 and D700, 14mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2.0, 50mm AI 1.2 noct.

Favorite Tripod set:
MANFROTTO 055CXPRO3 with 468MGRC4, GITZO MOUNTAINEER SERIES 3

Activity:
Photo Reportages for magazines, web site and books, scientific publications
Film reportages
Photoeditor and editorial services
Teacher of photography in Workshops

City – Country:
Arona, Milan, Italy

Last Works:
Credito Valtellinese bank – Calendar
Groane Natural Park – Flowers – book
Multimedia presentations in Grigne Regional Parc and Groane Regional Parc
Ev Magazine reportages (Cortina D’Ampezzo, Ragusa)
Serio Regional Parc – Calendar
Exibitions 2010. “Viaggio nelle Alpi” Osti Antica (Roma), Rignano Flaminio (Roma), Milan.
Exibitions 2010, “Climate Change” with Greenpeace in Milan
Meridiani Montagne, reportages: “Monte Bianco”, “Spluga”, “Alpi Venoste”, “Alpi Valdesi”, “Piccole Dolomiti”
Slideshows: “Atmosfere Alpine” in Milan
“Mountains earlier indicator of climate change” video and photos for Ev-K2-CNR and UN UNEP conferencies in Padova.
Mountain Photo Festival – Film “Alpinismo all’incontrario”

School
Founder of Reportages and nature photography School Photofarm.

Website
http://www.alpinfoto.it
School Website
http://www.photofarm.it

Facebook fan page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alpinfoto-Mirko-Sotgiu-photographer/43505661308

Twitter
http://www.twitter.com/alpinfoto

Product Testimonial and partners:
Manfrotto and Gitzo tripods.
Swarovski Optik
PhotoGem fine art prints
Mountain Kingdom alpine guides

Publications:

Meridiani
Meridiani Montagne
Bell’Europa
Ev Magazine
ALP Grandi Montagne
Weekend & Viaggi
Natura – Edinat
La rivista del CAI (Italian mountaineering association official magazine)
Montagnard
Oasis magazine of environmental culture
DigiPhoto (Cech photography magazine)
Vivere la Montagna (Nature and mountain magazine in Swiss)
Piemonte Parchi, Asferico, Orobie

Member of
TAU Visual – Photographer Association
Mountain Wilderness Association

Agency
K3Agency
Alamy images
Pandaphoto
Raspodia

Camera equipment:
Nikon D700
Nikon F100, F3HP
AF-S NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm VR f/2.8G
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8 IF-ED
AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm F/4 VR G
AI Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8
AI Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 noct
AI Nikkor 18mm f/3.5
AI Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 ED
and other AI series lenses
Medium format lenses for Zenza Bronica ETSi kit
Nikon Flash and other accessories
Teleextender 1.4x
Macro extender tubes
Manfrotto 190MF4, 190NAT3, GITZO Mountaineer series 3

Biography

Mirko Sotgiu is a mountain photographer, passionate about landscape photography he is know in Italy for his pubblications of climbing, mountaineering, travel and natura in the major magazines of Europe. He travelled in the major mountain range of Europe, artic,  Asia.

Born in Genoa in 1977 his career began as Film operator and video editor and after following professional photographers Mirko decides to build his project about the Alps Mountain photography images archive, until today with over 70000 images of landscape, flora and fauna. He turned professional in 2000 as freelance photographer working with “ALP Grandi Montagne” and “Meridiani Montagne” two of the major magazine of mountaneering and mountain in Italy. Over the years gained the technical expertise and the continuous artistic research led him to start business as a photographer and director, cameraman following topics about the alpine environment, nature and travel. He has worked and still works today, creating photography and films, with reviews of the field of tourism, mountains, nature and major television networks.

From 2009 is resident photographer of magazines “EV-Magazine” and “Oasis”, is actively working with Meridiani Montagne, Bell’Europa ViverelaMontagna and research institutions  as Ev-K2-CNR and Envinronment UN Programme, UNEP.

Mirko Sotgiu

He is the founder of Photofarm School of Photography.

Quote

Bisogna fare proprio ogni soggetto ed esserne tutt’uno per apprezzare e trovarne i lati migliori da riprendere, siano essi paesaggi, animali, rocce o piante. Solo la profonda conoscenza del clima e dei meccanismi biologici che ci circondano aiutano, oltre che a realizzare buone immagini, anche a trasmettere agli altri le stesse emozioni che si provano nel momento dello “scatto”.

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Manfrotto School of Xcellence is happy to open a new collaboration with Photofarm from March 2011.

In particular Photofarm will contribute with a series of articles about tests, experiences, travels and a schedule of webinars from March until end of the year.

The choice of the School to collaborate with Photofarm is due to their skills and abilities in multiple subjects, from Macro, Color Management, travel Photography, Nature to landscape photography.

The nature photography is just one of the so many different kind of photography that exist, but it is hard to compare it to the others because it should be ruled by a sort of ethic impulse.

Naturalistic photography means photography of wild animals, spontaneous flora in their natural environment, and the photography of landscapes and environments that should be still pristine. So, we are talking about the raw material, the living flesh which makes up our world. We all live in this world, we all depend on it.

The representation trough imagines requires getting to know Nature with love and care, confronting yourself with it in a conscious way. So you can learn to love and defend it, to feel responsible for protecting it and for promoting respect and knowledge.

This kind of knowledge cannot be just scholastic (even if to be well informed is very important because you cannot love something you do not know), but it has to be even empathic and emotional. In fact, the photographer will be able to act with delicacy, careful and love, without taking short cuts (and sometimes renouncing a shot) just with this kind of sensitivity

So, the School wants to promote and spread an approach to naturalistic photography and to Nature in general, which is not limited just to the photographic technique, but which involves even a naturalistic divulgation and an education to sensitivity towards the living beings, to interpretation and to a specific mental approach. This process of awareness should be included in the wider framework of the relationship between the human and the Nature.