Photographer Uses Natural Light & Subdued Tones to Create Gorgeous, Atmospheric Portraits


Twenty-seven year old Alessio Albi captures incredible, emotionally charged portraits using nothing more than natural light and the environment around his home city of Perugia, Italy.

A nutritionist by profession, photographer by passion, Albi’s work often features female subjects, whose contemplative glares, combined with natural, but cinematic light create beautiful, but at times unsettling portraits.

Always one for experimentation in the world of photography, the one aspect that binds all of Albi’s work together is the use of nothing more than available light. Of course, oftentimes you’re left chasing that light, but he’d much rather do that than to be dragging around a plethora of lighting gear.


In an interview with Andrew S. Gibson, Albi says,

“I love natural light because it creates amazing shapes and volumes that I can’t obtain with artificial light […] I could spend an entire day waiting for that precise ray of light coming through my window and shoot hundreds of photos only with this light source, because I love the way it interacts with the human body. I also love cloudy days for my outside shooting, because clouds create the perfect light diffuser and add lot of atmosphere to pictures.”

Another notable quality of his images are the tones that seem to make up his color palette. Subdued, but rich tones give the portraits a cinematic quality without destroying the authenticity of his subjects and scenery.

Below are just a few of Albi’s images for you to browse through.
















To check out more of his work and keep up with the latest, you can follow Albi’s work on 500px, Facebook and Flickr.

(via Fstoppers)

Image credits: Photographs by Alessio Albi and used with permission

  • Adam Cross

    I really don’t think so. I haven’t attacked anyone here, I’ve explained facts, that’s all. And seeing as my comments have received the most up votes it would seem the majority are with me on my points. So deleting my comments makes no sense whatsoever

  • Adam Cross

    thanks for backing up some of my points, and yes I agree with your last one about PetaPixel not using such images in future. But it seems PP is against us as my comments seem to be getting deleted

  • Jim Macias

    Here’s an area we can agree on.

  • Jim Macias

    Seeing the comments that got deleted I have to agree that it is kinda odd.

  • Slippery Pete

    So if you bought a “war bonnet” from a Native American or a recognised outlet is that acceptable?

    I understand your thinking but I think you Americans like to jump and and down and complicate life too much. Multi-culturalism and acceptance isn’t about having to get advice from a lawyer or research the Internet for every step in life in fear of offence or retribution.

    I am of Australian Aboriginal descent and an artist. I played the Didgeridoo, busking to help my way through university. Shops here sell Aboriginal culture everywhere and I often see tourists buying the Didgeridoo. I quite often laugh at them trying to play but will happily help out (it isn’t the easiest instrument to play).

    Where I draw offence is when it is used in a culturally insulting way to redicule us. I understand maybe the “war bonnet” has a special place in this culture….but when it comes down to every little thing one culture uses that another culture can’t even touch or have access to?

    What you are inciting is a separatist way of thinking and division. This is why so many countries constantly fighting wars. In order for people to get along better we need to accept other cultures with humour and acceptance rather than jumping up and down with hurt and hostility!

  • TN

    my guess is that it was the person who authored this blog post, as it creates controversy about something that is seemingly benign to the willfully ignorant.

    i thought your posts were on point, and concerned more with the sociological and cultural impact, than confronting the specific technique or composition.. then again, maybe that was another factor, that the dialogue wasn’t entirely photography specific, even though it focused on content

  • Adam Cross

    I think it’s absolutely photography specific, photographs have the power to influence people and their attitudes towards life and other people, if the ideas portrayed are negative ones then we have a moral obligation to point those out and to inform people that it’s not okay to do this. I don’t think censorship is the right idea, that’s how Fox News handles things, they shout guests down and cut them off air if they disagree with the networks right-wing ideologies. I’m hoping the author of this piece, and Peta Pixel editors in general, have the good sense to reinstate my original comment and the replies I made to others. Otherwise the rest of the conversation loses meaning, if you’re going to delete my original comment – you might as well delete the entire thread.

  • Stan B.

    I agree we all need more humor and understanding, but often the humor is one sided, and the “understanding” is that you will be subject to the culture and whims of the dominant culture- case closed. An even cross cultural exchange is just that, where the level of respect is mutual and sincere; people of good will are all for that- not appropriating cultural artifacts and customs for personal gain.

  • David Vaughn

    Go back to Tumblr.

  • David Vaughn

    Except that this photo of a white girl wearing a headdress is oppressing Native Americans how? It’s oppressing their feelings (which is a vast assumption on your part btw)?

    Your views are that of a pre-globalized world in which every culture should be segregated, because God forbid we accidentally offend *cough* excuse me, oppress, a culture in benign ways such as wearing headdresses because they do indeed, look aesthetically cool.

    Anyone who feels that Native Americans are inherently lesser, or who agrees that what colonial Americans did was, does not feel that way because they went to some party and saw a bunch of college girls wearing headdresses.

    I mean, in WWII we killed thousands of Japanese almost instantly with our atomic bombs. Guess what, we still enjoy Japanese cuisine (sometimes cooked by white people, or black people, or Hispanic people), we still enjoy translated anime, and I hear white people can even go over there and buy a kimono without fear of being shot in the back by the “cultural appropriation” warriors.

    This isn’t about being oppressed. It’s about being offended for the a group of people, which is just as bad as what you’re claiming is happening in that photo, because you’re taking the voice away from the Native Americans and you’re whitesplaining how oppressed and hurt they feel by these cultural travesties.

    I swear, these issues are the most first-world, middle class, lazy problems to date.

  • David Vaughn

    I also know an incredible woman who is half Korean and half Native American who gets paid $20,000 to go to college from The Chickasaw Nation Foundation because she is Native American, which is truly an awesome thing (congrats Tia), but still, wow she is oppressed dontcha think?

    I’m not saying that Native American oppression does not exist today, because it does (as it does with any minority, really), but you talk as if we’re still trying to force them to assimilate and lose their culture.

    Of course we are. That’s why their reservations are sovereign areas with their own forms of government not appointed by or parallel with the federal government, right? Oh, wait…

    The genocide was wrong. It is a blight on the history of the United States, but your white tears aren’t helping to make the U.S. a better place for Native Americans, I’m sorry to say.

  • Vitaliy Shtym

    mmmmm, freckles, i like freckles

  • markthetog

    Oh dear, Another photographer with a cute girlfriend and plenty of time.

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  • verylowkey

    Oohh a racist “Indian Princess” photo with faded tones and an ambient feel. Never seen that before, ever. Good job finding fresh new images, PP. Yur doing super.

  • Charly Wostenberg

    The head dress is in poor taste. And it takes away from the quality of the work.