| Tell us a little bit about yourself.|
My Name is Alessandro Di Lullo. But I prefer the short way that is Ale Di Lullo. I'm a 36 year old Italian guy that has tried to mix his passion for Mountain Biking, a degree in visual communication and multimedia design, the need to visit the world, and most importantly the need to buy food!
I was born and am still living on Lake Garda, Italy. It's an awesome place to live and great for riding with endless all-about-rocks trails on the north side where the big mountains are with trails that came from World War I and a great and technical XC-AM trail on the south side where the landscape is small hills that surround the Lake.
After a life spent in creative fields I lived, studied and worked as graphic designer in Milan for about 7 years, but the city life didn't fit at all with my vision of life... I had the chance to work as bartender in a crazy totally party-oriented small bar on Lake Garda and I took it... definitely five crazy years that give me the opportunity to buy photo gear, travel to events, and begin this photo thing!
| How long have you been shooting photos?|
I started to use the family camera, a pretty cool Minolta with just a standard zoom lens, when I was about 10... nothing special came out from that period, but makes me confident with all the photography processes, development as well, cause a couple of my parents' friends were totally nuts about photography at that time and they brought me with them sometimes in the field and in the dark room after seeing that I was showing a passion for photography.
When I was 15 my godfather from London, an artist himself, gift me a Praktica, not an awesome brand but it came with a huge set of lenses... That made me able to do a lot of experiments... especially shooting horse-jumping that at time was also my sport.
After that I have to say that I was kind of settle and a little bit fed up with all this film development and the timing that all the film photography needs.. so I forgot photography for several years... till I had a Canon Powershot G1 in my hands... 2001 if I remember properly... that was the rebirth of my passion and seeing also that I was working daily on software like Photoshop at the university.
| How long have you been shooting mountain biking?|
Since 2004, the first European Championship in Val Di Sole was my first event where I have been with a brand new EOS 20d just to see what was going on! And I suddenly had a published crash sequence!!
| Do you ride yourself? How does this effect your images?|
Of course I ride... I'm doing this photography thing driven only by the passion!
I'm definitely not a fast or skilled rider, but I can have fun almost everywhere in downhill, and that is the only thing I'm looking for when I ride, having fun! I never got involved in any timed competition, I have a great respect for racers though.
I'm getting better at XC, and I've started to enjoy it... It's great training, but gravity is my passion.
I think that in sports photography is essential to know the sport you are shooting, and mountain biking is no exception.
| Do you shoot anything else besides mountain biking?|
80% of my business is mountain bike related, but I occasionally make some road cycling stuff, studio things, some Motocross.
| What is your favorite thing to shoot?|
I really love mountain biking shooting in general.. UCI events and big contests are awesome to shoot at, but Freeride in wild nature is the best thing!
| What kind of cameras do you use?|
The Canon 5dmk2 is my favorite toy, no doubt! I just bought a 7d as well and it's a good camera, but very far from the 5... and I still have a 1Dmk2. Probably my favorite camera ever... It's a killing machine: fast as hell and still unbeatable in good light!! Definitely one of the milestones of sport photography in my opinion!
| Is there any other gear that you use frequently?|
Lenses? Let's say that I cannot live without my 24, 70-200, 300mm and last but not least the 15mm fisheye! Some people think everybody can do a good photo with this lens, but I think this is very far from reality... the distortion factor makes most of the picture interesting, but easily boring... though it's very hard to make 'a really great picture'.
I used to shoot with flashes and my 1200w Hensel Porty works great when needed... but with the always growing technology that make possible to shoot in very poor light condition I am using flashes always less and less.
| Who are your main clients?|
For sure Marzocchi has been my first big client and still is (thanks to Bryson, JP and no longer with them Franz Marzari), Cannondale and GT (One of the biggest group in the market with super-cool and friendly guys to work with... too many to mention but thanks mates!), the partnership with Tarek and Anne at Rasoulution is in its 5th year and still growing (thanks a lot guys!), Kona (I love all those guys!), O'Neal (Iris you rock!), Alpinestars is growing fast in the business and I'm super-happy to work for this International minded Italian Brand, Easton (thanks to Dain) and to complete the main clients IXS is last, but not least (thanks to Pascal).
|The last two men on the mountain were Andreu and I when a very strong sand storm hit the Red Bull Rampage in 2010. I had to bring my 5d in for a professional cleaning twice!|
|The BMX contest had a big delay because of the rain and the last few runs were almost in the dark, but a beautiful sunset and the reflection in the water gave me the chance to make one of my favorite shots ever.|
|Lake Garda's local Freerider, Hutch Olivieri, riding the steep slope that goes down to the Lake. This is one of the shots that I like the most on my local trails.|
|Lance was one of the few riders that made the training on Sunday morning before the 26 TRIX finals... just a few seconds before a super strong traditional storm in Leogang. I had to run very fast with my big flash a few seconds after the shot to escape the rain!|
|Sam Hill in Maribor hit this turn at high speed and two things are really impressive: the perfect style and the calm in his face.|