Michele Ruffaldi Santori

Who I am

Photography is an important part of my life. At
the beginning, it was pure fun, I wanted to test
my skills experimenting new techniques,
catching every single moment behind a camera.
When I was a kid, I loved stopping the time on
the film. Subsequently I moved on to the digital
side, discovering its huge potential and refining
my technique.

I attended an art institute where I visually
absorbed the works of the major painters and
sculptors:
“I Macchiaioli” in the works of Giovanni Fattori;
Silvestro Lega and Telemaco Signorini with their
“photographics” angles;
the Post-impressionism of Van Gogh and Paul
Gauguin for the colour-combinations, the
Futurism of Giacomo Balla for the movement
and Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio,
in the clever and shocking use of the lights and
the shades.

It seems strange to talk about a pictorial Art, but
photography in itself is a kind of Art (from the
Greek “light” [φῶς- phôs] and “handwriting”
[γραφή – graphè] it means to draw with the
light). The painting is nothing but one “shot”
aiming to represent or to distort the reality,
making it always well balanced.

I put a great passion in my job and I consider
myself very lucky for that because the union
between these two elements is not always so
obvious. This job, I mean as a photographer,
absorbs a lot of my time.

Devoting myself completely to my clients
photos, it happens that I don’t have time for my
personal images. However, I try to leave enough
time for something creative that goes beyond
the clients requests. Being curious and not
standing still helps to keep the mind active.

It is really in the weddings that my creative side
succeeds in emerging, showing the best of its
quality. I reveal the perception of the world that
surrounds me including everything that may
occur during such an important event.

All of a sudden, I must be ready to catch and to
preserve those emotions made of once-in-alifetime
instants. A gesture, a smile, a hand that
raises just to gently land on the beloved face.

Every occasion is unique, pánta rêi (everything
goes by), nothing can be stopped if it weren’t for
the photographic representation of reality.

MICHELE

Photographer at work
Via Emilia 138/140
58100 - GROSSETO Italy
+39 328 43 22 503
info@micheleruffaldisantori.com