Signature artist of the month

January 2016

Travel Photographer
Massimo Colombo
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Massimo Colombo translates his love of travel through the language of photography. His connection to nature and curiousity of the world help him to create images that inspire a sense of wanderlust.

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Massimo Colombo finds magic wherever he travels. That’s what makes his images so captivating.

“Travelling is such an important part of life and nurtures me as a person,” Massimo said. “I hope my photos inspire others to enjoy the wonders and beauty of the world around us.”

This mission has been a driving force in Massimo’s career. Since becoming a professional photographer in 2010, Massimo, who lives in the picturesque Italian city of Lecco, said he has been able to live his life the way he always dreamed of: spending his time traveling, hiking and exploring the world.

“Becoming a photographer was a huge turning point in my life,” Massimo said. “It was a revolution; I could finally live how I’ve always wanted and use the language of photography to communicate my passions.”

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Through photography, Massimo has traveled the world photographing in such destinations as Malaysia, Barcelona, London, San Francisco, Berlin, Los Angeles, Thailand and Hong Kong.

“My work as a photographer has been an incredible experience,” he said. “It’s given me the opportunity to explore such amazing places, meet new people and learn about different ways to live.”

Instead of focusing on the landscape and scenery, Massimo strives to capture the emotions and atmosphere he experiences in these locations, injecting his photos with a sense of liberation and wanderlust.

“I try to create a situation where the viewer feels what I feel,” Massimo said. “I want to emotionally transport them to the destination.”

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After traveling the world, Massimo equally enjoys exploring big bustling cities as much as he does small deserted islands.

“Each location is so unique and special in its own way,” he said. “The beauty of a place is in its differences.”

Despite valuing each place for its individuality, there is one city that will always feel particularly special to him.

“Being Italian, I watch a lot of films, read a lot of books and listen to a lot of music, a lot of which are about New York City,” Massimo said. “To go there and see everything in reality is amazing. Being there is like walking inside one of my favorite films. New York City is magical to me.”

But regardless of where he finds himself next, the most important thing to Massimo is to have the ability to follow his passions.

“Everyone should have the freedom to do what they want to do, say what they want to say, choose what they want to choose,” he said. "It is an essential part of being human.”

“I try to create a situation where the viewer feels what I feel,” Massimo said. “I want to emotionally transport them to the destination.”

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“I love photographing myself on hikes to show the contrast of myself against the vast mountain backdrop,” he said. “It just demonstrates how small we really are in this great big world.”

On this particular day, he decided to share his excursion with a group of friends. As they started their ascent up the summit of Mt. Zuccone Campelli, a heavy snowstorm unexpectedly hit. Massimo had his camera on hand and was able to capture the scene unfolding around them.

“I really tried to convey the situation we were experiencing,” Massimo said. “Visibility was low and a white light enveloped everything, creating a beautiful, mystical atmosphere.”

All avid hikers, they came prepared with the proper equipment and were able to continue on their climb despite the rough conditions. Once they reached the top, the storm cleared and they could finally enjoy the beautiful view.

“Traveling is such an important part of life and nurtures me as a person.”

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