We are back with another Hahnemühle Photography Month. This year we want to show how diverse photography and fine art printing is and can be. Each week we will focus on selected highlights and topics. During our first week, we will talk about Wildlife and Landscape Photography and how it can follow a mission. Together with our friends from Prints for Wildlife, we will share various videos, images and interviews from participating photographers.
Wildlife photographer Marco Ronconi in the interview for our series during the first week of the Hahnemühle Photography Month.
Could you introduce yourself in 3-4 sentences?
“My name is Marco Ronconi, I’m a professional photographer and publisher. I’m 37 years old and I live in northern Italy.”
How and when did you figure out you wanted to become a wildlife\nature photographer?
“It happened quickly; I’ve started to taking pictures just six years ago. I thought it was a very interesting chance to combine my passion for art and love for nature. This is the reason why I’ve not “decided to”. It was almost a natural choice, nothing planed but just following my feelings.”
Why do you print your images?
“You often hear or read how images could take another dimension only after printing. Well, that’s the simple reality for me. I’ve always had a personal passion for books, prints and for papers. It’s the reason why I decided to create my own publishing house as well. Printing represents one of the most important part of the equation to me. I sell fine-art prints not just for the income but because I’ve always thought that someone who decide to hang your work really demonstrates appreciation for your work. Even more nowadays. Putting likes here and there on social media is simple, but choosing to get a print, no matter the dimensions, is another level of appreciation. Prints could also serve a higher cause; they could make people more sensible or aware of important topics. Being able to touch something, to fell the textures, still gives more importance and prominence to it.”
When it comes to paper choice- why did you go for Hahnemuhle?
“I’ve always followed a simple principle, to look for the best possible quality in my work and to work with few but best in the industry brands. Hahnemuhle was the obvious choice regarding quality and history. My favorite line of papers is the eco-line and I personally print all my images with agave paper. I love the feel and the texture because it matches perfectly with my style. And it has a very very low impact on the ambient.”
Why did you support Prints for wildlife with your work and why do you think the cause is important?
“Being a nature and wildlife lover (that’s the base), I think any person in this position need to act as much as possible to sensibilize people’s soul. I deliberately speak about sensibilizing and not “changing” because it represents the first but most important step to any changes. Especially during this dark period of pandemic.”
Prints for Wildlife is a fundraiser aiming to ensure protected areas continue to deliver benefits to people and wildlife during the COVID pandemic. More than 170 wildlife photographers, including renown international and emerging and local wildlife photogrpahers, have come together to mobilise needed support for one cause: to continue the protection of vital landscapes in Africa. The fundraiser runs from 11 July to 11 August 2021. All funds collected via the print sale go directly to conservation non-profit African Parks. The price per print is 100 USA excluding shipping. 100% of the proceeds (after printing and handling) will be donated to African Parks. All prints are printed on our sustainable Natural Line Paper Hahnemühle Hemp from our Digital FineArt Collection.
Make sure to check out the images Marco donated to the Prints for Wildlife fundraiser.