Hey there, I'm Silvia, a 25-year-old Hobbyist Photographer. I was born and currently live in Italy, one of the furthest south countries of the European Union, lying in the Mediterranean Sea. My town is very small, but you may have heard of Monza, the nearby biggest town, somewhat famous because of the Formula 1 Grand Prix that is held there yearly in September.
I first joined deviantART because I remember being struck by the artwork created and displayed in the community, but I must admit that it took a while before I embraced the idea of making my own art and found the courage to publish it.
I instinctively focused on photography: I take photos for my personal pleasure and enjoyment. I simply want to create, make art that I enjoy, whenever I feel like it. Although I have always loved art, I have never taken art lessons: I'm self-taught and learned everything I know thanks to patient practice, guides and tutorials that I've found over the internet and other photographers' advice. I've liked taking photos since I was a child, but it was only several years later - when I received my first digital compact camera as a birthday present - that I seriously realised that photography made me genuinely happy, and became aware of that particular joy that caught me anytime I was out capturing images. Over the years I upgraded from a Canon Digital IXUS V2 to a PowerShot A630 to the almighty bridge PowerShot SX1 IS, which has allowed to reach results that go close to more professional cameras and often made people assume that I had been shooting with a DSLR all along.
Although aware of the superiority of DSLR cameras, this has never stopped me. It is true that I have sometimes felt limited by the narrower functionalities of compact cameras, but at the same time I struggled to get the best out of what I had - to which I added a still hand, a lot of effort and patience, and the best of my inspiration - and have felt satisfied and proud of every little success. Nevertheless, I have been dreaming of my very own Canon EOS for years and was determined to get one eventually. It was only in October 2013 that I was able to grab my first, long-desired DSLR - a Canon EOS 600D - after saving up for years and taking advantage of an incredible superstore deal.
Every day I learn something new about photography, and I know I still have a long way to go with my new tool. Colour, light, composition and creative ideas are just some of the things I aim for when trying to capture a beautiful fragment of life. I see photography as a means of expressing myself, always have fun with a camera in my hands, and feel one of the greatest joys in life when I seize a brilliant photo. Whenever I'm out, I keep looking around, looking for something worth capturing. My mind is always on photography mode, constantly demanding for more.
Adobe Photoshop has become one of my best friends, always providing smart tools to play around with and new postprocessing possibilities that help me create the final, ready-to-publish version of my photos.
Canon EOS 600D
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS (no longer used)
Canon PowerShot A630 (no longer used)
Canon Digital IXUS V2 (no longer used)
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro
Tamron SP 90mm f 2.8 Di VC USD Macro 1:1
Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro Snap-On Lens
Awarded November 7, 2012
"WishmasterAlchemist shows how a colourful photograph can still be taken and yet retain a great naturalness, as evident in Artificial Rainbows, an aptly titled, beautiful piece that is grounded in colours both natural and not, thus creating that awesome sense of dichotomy between the two."
Featured by 3wyl
Awarded October 2, 2013
Other Than Photography...
I love animals, flowers, gardening, music, reading, sleeping, IT and computer graphics. I have an extreme sweet tooth, I like cooking, and would do anything for chocolate, ice cream and Nutella. I have studied foreign languages seriously both in high school and university: as well as being a native speaker of Italian, I can speak English and French fluently, my German is a good intermediate level, and I'm a beginner at Japanese.
My pets are the love of my life: I'm the proud owner of three cats, a Mongolian gerbil and a 30-litre (approx. 7-Gallon) tropical freshwater aquarium. I think of my cats as my own children, the first of the three, going by the name of Smarty, has been with me for over seven years, and when you share a piece of your life with someone, you just can't help loving them. He's there every morning when I wake up and every night when I go to bed, he was there when I came home from school, when I am happy, sad, angry, frustrated, or sick. He's been with me every moment for such a long time, just like Layla's been there for six years and Oliver for the last six months, and I am committed to making sure that I can repay them for that.
I've been around dA for almost seven years just with this account and have been making Deviant Stamps for six. It all started as a short fun moment, with an innocent kitty stamp published back in 2007, but before I could realise it, it turned into something serious, more and more people started requesting stamps from me and my collection grew to an outstanding 1000+ stamps and is still growing. I suppose I can call myself a Stamp Maker by now.
As I've already mentioned, I deeply love animals: the animal kingdom, with its variety of shapes and colours, genuinely fascinates me, and making animal stamps is another form of enjoyment and relaxation to me. Whenever stamp requests are open, I will do animal stamps for you for free, whereas when they are closed or in case the type of stamp you want isn't covered by free requests, I take commissions for dA points.