| 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.
| 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.
| 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).
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