Nadia began taking photos with a reflex Zorki 35 mm with manual focus, a Russian imitation of the Laica, that her father Virginio bought who knows where and when. She began photographing the work of fishermen when, as a student, she boarded the Motopesca Lavoratore II, a wooden fishing boat owned by the legendary Comandante Paccagnella, in Santa Margherita Ligure. The Motopesca Lavoratore II is still active today thanks to his nephew, Benedetto Carpi, who is continuing the family tradition. At that time she had fitted out her bedroom as a little darkroom and was convinced that only the black and white brought a photo to life.

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In 1975 she took part in a photography competition organised by the newspaper L'Unità, winning first prize with a sequence of photos that ended with a mountain of rubbish caught on the bottom of the Ligurian Sea. These black and white photos were excessively contrasting and grainy. The prize was awarded for the particular topic the photos dealt with, but at the time Nadia was convinced that she was a great photographer. She loved shooting people, faces and details, but then she became embarrassed about violating the privacy of subjects who didn't know their picture was being taken. In 1977 she bought an analogue Nikon with a series of very heavy lenses, and later the legendary Nikonos IV for underwater photography. This period coincided with extensive travels throughout the world. Today, photography is an essential instrument in documenting and interpreting nature. Artescienza uses Nikon and Canon equipment with high-quality, wide-angle and telephoto lenses to photograph large marine mammals, among others. Initially the photos were a valid instrument for scientific research, particularly for marine animals: the shape, colouring, dimensions of the fins and scars present on the body are features that are specific to each animal, and through the technique of photo identification, recognising the same individual in different places, it is possible to study their movements and the composition of their schools.

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Over time and in her specialisation, however, photography has assumed an aesthetic value and therefore become a decorative element and a means of transmitting emotions to the public.

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