Duccio Nacci, photographer, husband and father of three,was born and raised in the heart of Tuscany, in the gemstone town of San Gimignano which was founded as a village in the by the Etruscans in the third century.
Perched on the top of a hill overlooking valleys below, postcard San Gimignano has been an active part of history, standing through attacks by the Huns and accommodating pilgrimages by Catholics in the Middle Ages and Renaissance travellers on their way to Rome.
Most Italian cities saw their towers destroyed during wars and various catastrophes, but fortunate San Gimigniano conserved not less than fourteen towers, while its architecture and art history survived to become its pride and joy.
Duccio bought his first camera when he was nineteen years old and immediately started producing post cards. The post card hobby turned into a passion for calendar making but in a matter of years he backed away from photography because of the overcrowded market.
A few years, in search of the soul and the colors of Tuscany, Duccio resumed photography. Year after year he saw "his" Tuscany represented in advertisements with bright blue skies and green, rolling hills against which only tourist activity seemed to be the only subject. To capture the quintessential beauty of Tuscany - the authentic look that the region is now known for - Nacci began to shoot photographs at sunset and sunrise.
"Shooting at sunrise and sunset allows me to find the beauty within nature that pervades Tuscany. My best moments to shoot are those in the morning and evening when silence prevails and the sounds that can be heard are those of the birds, the water, and the leaves. All of these sounds are ones that relax our hearts and bodies. My customers tell me that my photos express relaxation and peace, which is just what I look for when I shoot.”
Nacci offers personal tours to passionate photographers and caters each foray to a specific interest, whether it be nature, seaside or country landscapes, architecture, ancient ruins, wine cellars, or culinary delicacies. Picnics in the romantic Val D'Orcia with his handpicked favorite wines, salamis and Tuscan breads are not uncommon, and sometimes walks journey down his favorite medieval roads where adventurers find pottery and tiles from over 2000 years ago. He recommends early fall months because of the enormous palette of colors. “If you come in May, everything is in bloom and it is beautiful but it is all green! All green and just green, while in October you find every color of the rainbow.”
Nacci offers advice to aspiring photographers. ”When you are going to take a picture, search for the image you are going to shoot inside of yourself, under your own skin. Put yourself, your feelings and your mind into the shot. You don't need a professional camera. 90% of the magic in the picture comes from inside you.”
Duccio Nacci's stunning landscapes are found at his website. Nacci's gallery (pictured) is located in the most striking and prominent square in San Giminiano, "Piazza Duomo", adjacent the towering Duomo cathedral . He develops and prints all of his own color pictures on cotton paper and black and whites with carbon ink.