Born and raised in Italy, Marco Grassi is a self-taught, award-winning photographer focused on capturing pristine landscapes. He’s also an avid adventurer and a photo educator who leads workshops all over the world. Inspired by raw, natural beauty and remote destinations, Marco travels extensively to capture the many wonderful sceneries our planet has to offer. During his travels, Marco seamlessly combines adventure with technical photography skills. Marco’s work has been published extensively by popular media outlets including National Geographic, the BBC, and GEO Magazine.
Awards, Publications & Exhibitions
YellowKorner - 130 Galleries worldwide
PRINT & ONLINE PUBLICATIONS
Hong Kong Free Press
Outdoor Photographer Of The Year
National Geographic Adventure
National Geographic Your Shot
My Modern Met
AWARDS & HONORABLE MENTIONS
2015 Outdoor photographer of the year
2015 International Photographer of the year
2016 One EyeLand
2016 La Grande Photo
2016 Art of Building
2016 Magnum Photo Contest
2016 Monochrome Photography Award
2017 Outdoor photographer of the year
2017 Moscow international Photo Award
2018 National Geographic travel photographer of the year 2019 Monochrome Photography Award
2019 Travel Photographer of the year - 3rd place Nature category
2019 One EyeLand Italy’s top landscape photographer
2019 One EyeLand World’s top landscape photographers
2019 International Landscape Photographer of the year
The idea behind this series is to create a unique, boundless experience within each photo. The recurring elements - the human figure and the natural landscape - are two distinct parts that blend together creating an intertwining of subject and object, of author and his audience. A shared emotional space where the boundaries between different roles - the individual and nature, reality and representation of reality - dissipate to create an experience, which is as authentic for the creator it is for the viewer.
The tiny unidentified person in contrast with the powerful, immense landscape is the element that transports you into the picture and makes you part of it: suddenly, you identify with the human figure and feel as if you were there, connected with the elements ready to experience an unrepeatable moment in time.
If you close your eyes long enough, the experience becomes palpable, real. Even before a collector decides to purchase the right to a piece, he is already present in Marco's imagination, he is already immersed in the experience without knowing it. In this sense this collection is a journey back, it is the discovery that man and nature, author and viewer are, and have been, the same thing, all along.
When a piece is collected, this virtual experience evolves into a real-life experience: the collector is given the opportunity to join Marco to the destination pictured in the image. These are unique, tailor-made experiences that transform a metaphoric journey back to the union with the elements, in real one that can be felt, smelled, heard and discovered.
Earth Canvas is a collection of images that capture the Earth in its tiniest details, both in its simpler forms and more intricate patterns. Over my journey as a photographer, I’ve always been intrigued by such details and would often find myself completely rapt, looking at ordinary scenes which were in fact extraordinary.
The goal of this project is to find unique scenes that highlight how, once the Earth is reduced to a visually attractive mix of lines and colours, the mind begins to wander. Whether these images are taken while flying at several hundreds feet from the ground or just from a few inches away, the result is the feeling of being projected into another dimension. The purpose of this collection is for you to focus entirely on the harmony created by shapes and colours & forget all about the subject itself. I hope you’ll find this sense of loss in space and time by owning a piece of Earth Canvas.
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