Exploring The Gypsy Soul Behind The Image with Alessandro Sigismondi

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A nomadic pursuit with wife and son, Alessandro Sigismondi has carved out a photographic adventure for himself. Always interested in photography, a packed professional experience in the advertising industry gave Alessandro sufficient exposure to understand and appreciate the art of creating a frame, setting the perfect light. “However, the advertising world”, Alessandro says, “stopped fuelling my creativity after a while.” With a stalemate situation is his life, four years ago, Alessandro started taking Yoga classes with his wife and decided to quit his job and travel to the land of Yoga and Yogis (India). With a toddler son and a supportive wife, Alessandro’s adventure began.

In one day, without any expectations and any intention of finding a new job (I was running away from a job and just needed a break), people started asking me to do yoga videos and pictures of them.”

With a traveller’s log, Alessandro got a Canon 5D Mark II with himself with only the intention of taking snaps of the country and his family, his simple journey turned its head. Alessandro says. “Once I was there though, I started connecting with yoga teachers and one of them asked me to film a yoga video of her.” Accepting the instructor’s invitation and willing to do it for free, Alessandro was shocked by the reception of his photography and filmmaker. He expresses his amazement saying, “In one day, without any expectations and any intention of finding a new job (I was running away from a job and just needed a break), people started asking me to do yoga videos and pictures of them.” His debut video received great hits and was featured on several magazines. It was then that Alessandro finally found his true calling and since has taken it up as a full-time occupation.

Along with photography and videography, my main interest is living our gypsy life (in the last 4 years we have spent the winters in India and the summers in Europe, plus travelling around for work), practicing yoga, living in a vibrant and healthy way.”

Alessandro has been in demand with his work among the Yoga community in India, especially from many yoga teachers in the Ashtanga Community. He says that soon he started expanding his field of subjects to not just to yoga but to fitness, dance, martial arts, movement arts and lifestyle, or as Alessandro likes to call it, ‘healthy lifestyles’. 

Never having pushed himself to be a photographer or filmmaker, Alessandro says he is living and still dreaming his dream. It happened by kismet, he says. Alessandro further adds, “Apart from investing in good cameras and gear I really don’t take it as something I have to do, I just do it naturally because I am so passionate about it.” Absolutely satisfied with his simple life of traveller who comes by amazing offers on the go, he happily says, “I think I just found my vocation, and I try to live it as it was a vacation.”

Disgruntled with the labels one receives for their art, Alessandro firmly states, “Photography must not have labels. When they started labelling me as a “yoga photographer” it was then that I started to shoot other things such as dance.” He loves to capture movements of the body, be it dancing, martial arts, or yoga; he says he wants to ‘portrait’ the souls behind their movements. And perhaps this is why Alessandro believes that one’s photography is one’s own version of reality. He rather finds the beauty of his reality, as fresh and new as from a child’s eyes.

When asked what other interests hold is attention, he replies saying, “Along with photography and videography, my main interest is living our gypsy life (in the last 4 years we have spent the winters in India and the summers in Europe, plus travelling around for work), practicing yoga, living in a vibrant and healthy way.”

Living by the unexpected multiple opportunities in his unconstrained lifestyle, it is right when one said, “The best for you will happen when you least expect it.” Alessandro kept his patience and interests alive and then magic happened.

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