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Hello and Welcome to Patreon, a website were you can help support the creation of art by becoming one of my amazing supporters! Many of you know me from YouTube and Facebook,  where I post much of my work for free. Here you will be able to ensure that I can continue to create the work you have come to love! Unlike Kickstarter, where the pledges go to one project only, PATREON represents an ongoing support that ensures the production of work is continuous and stimulating. 

My name is Michael and I am a very passionate Italian photographer living in England. I've studied photography at the European Institute of Design in Rome, Italy and at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. I'm inspired by Henry Cartier-Bresson.

I've always concentrated on the artistic type of photography, but it didn't take long to realize that unfortunately art doesn't pay... unless the artist is dead that is, and it's definitely not my time! Because of this and a combination of factors, including curiosity, in my life I've done many different jobs in several fields, but photography has always remained in my heart. I keep producing images. The passion never died. 

 FUTURE PROJECTS 
There are many thing I want to do with photography and again, what's stopping me is only the lack of time. I am most inspired when I travel and I don't mean traveling far and away; even a weekend away becomes a full immersion into creativity. If in a regular at-home month I take 50 pictures, in a month traveling around I can easily hit the 5.000 mark and my per shot images/quality ratio is usually very high.

I was the author and the publisher of the successful website England-Travel-Tips.com,  which unfortunately I had to put to rest, due to the lack of time taken away from daily life and work. So, having the time, bringing this website back to life would be one of my immediate projects. This would lead me to produce many very high quality landscape photographs of places that are mostly off the beaten track and therefore mostly unknown to foreigners.

One thing that I am dreaming of doing, is to park a camper van in Dartmoor National Park, in the middle of nowhere, for a couple of weeks, totally alone and observe (and of course photograph) nature, landscapes, animals, insects. Dartmoor offers this kind of isolation and I think it would be amazing! Being close to nature is the sort of things that really encourages me to produce high quality photographs. I suppose that having been stuck in a large city and traffic for so long, I'm desperately looking for the opposite. I've always been attracted by nature and it's amazing landscapes.

I have recently become very interested in infrared and ultraviolet photography. I am intrigued by capturing what the human eye cannot see. I love the deep black waters, the dark skies and the white leaves that these techniques produce, which pared together with high definition and fine grain, produce very interesting images. This is a type of photography that requires a lot of experiments and patience, as well as a lot of time in post production, but I'm more than willing to put my time into it. Visual pleasure is what I've dedicated my life to.

In the long term, I have a plan to travel overland from London to Japan. I have promised my teenage daughter that for her 18th birthday I will give her the trip of a lifetime. I've promised the same to my little boy. Yes, it's crazy and yes, it's going to be amazing. It will take at least four months to go and come back and I imagine that I'll bring back some 20.000 photographs. The parts I'm most looking forward to are the 2.500km of off-road to cross Mongolia and exploring Korea. I'm hoping to drive through North Korea, but of course given the country's political situation, I won't know if that will be possible till the last minute. I'm also intrigued by the unknown side of Japan, as on TV we are mostly exposed to large cities. 

Lastly, I like cooking and especially eating what I cook, with the right wine of course. I have invented a few recipes that friends and family like quite a lot and I would like to share my creations with you, by making culinary videos, but of course this takes time.


 OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT M
Like my work HERE and HERE
Checkout my website: LifeReportage.com
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 Q & A 
Q: When does the money I pledge get taken out?
A: If you are a new Patron, it will be immediate. If you are automatically renewing your pledge, it goes out every 1st week of the month.

Q: Can I cancel or change my pledge at any time?
A: Yes! If you increase your pledge for the month, you will be charged the difference immediately, so you instantly qualify for a higher tier.

Q: Can I contact you directly for advice?
A: Yes! By choosing the $50 tier, you can submit your photographs and you can get constructive critique and advice on how to improve your skills.

Q: Do I have access to past posts?
A: Yes, you'll have access to everything. Old posts will never be deleted.

Q: Can I hire you as photographer?
A: Yes, and if you are a $500 tier Patreon, you will get a 50% discount on all of my professional services including weddings, which usually start at about $1.800. This means that you would get a full day wedding for half price, only $900! Also if you have any other friends or family getting married, you could take advantage of the same offer, as long as you are subscribed. My hourly charge is normally $250.

Q: Do you work as Professional Photographer?
A: Yes, I occasionally do weddings, but the lack in demand due to: 1. the ongoing financial crises and 2. the ever growing unprofessional competition (e.g. with a digital camera everyone thinks they are a photographer until it's too late) means that I have to do other jobs as well.

Q: Have you ever worked for the press?
A: Yes, In the past I have worked for magazines and publications at international level. One of my most rewarding works includes "Hello America Magazine", which was a magazine printed in 2.5 million copies and distributed in Italy together with the following publications: Il Corriere della Sera (daily), Oggi (weekly), Capital (monthly), Anna (monthly), Dove (monthly), Gulliver (monthly). On the last issue my images appeared on 25 of the total 100 pages of the magazine, including the cover page.

Q: Have you ever photographed someone famous?
A: I'm a former photographer for the Secret Services and the PR department of the Italian Navy and as such I have photographed a large number of personalities, among whom the King and Queen of Spain and the President of Italy.

Q: What jobs have you done in your life?
A: I was an office worker, a delivery boy, a waiter, a regional supervisor, a manager, a vice president, a tour guide, a carer, photographer, sailor, fireman, bus driver, taxi driver, teacher, driving instructor for buses, market trader, cook, web designer and developer, I worked for the government's secret services, I was a toy demonstrator in a toy shop and an airplane pilot. Yes it is tireing, but at the same time very fulfilling.
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Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. Thank you!

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  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
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Come on board! Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons for only $0.16 a day!

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • 1 Free high quality download per month for personal use
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
4 Free Downloads per Month!
$10 or more per month
Get all the above + 4 free high quality downloads per month, for only $0.33 a day!

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • 4 Free high quality downloads per month for personal use
Unlimited Downloads!
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Get all the above + Free Unlimited High Quality Downloads of everything that is published!

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • Free Unlimited Downloads for personal use
Submit Your Photos for Critique & Enhancement
$50 or more per month
Submit up to 4 photographs per month to receive professional constructive critique and advice and to have them professionaly enhanced to look at their very best.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • Free Unlimited Downloads for personal use
  • Submit up to 4 photos per month
Credit & Recognition
$100 or more per month
As a valued Patron, you'll be recognized for making my work possible. You also get all the above!

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • Free Unlimited Downloads for personal use
  • Submit up to 4 photos per month
  • Credit and link on an upcoming project
  • Special thank you on my website with link
Half Price Professional Services
$500 or more per month
As a valued supporter, you will receive a 50% discount on my professional photographic services, as advertised on my website http://wedding.lifereportage.com/Prices 

(must have contributed for a minimum of two motnhs) + all the above.



Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • Free Unlimited Downloads for personal use
  • Submit up to 4 photos per month
  • Credit and link on an upcoming project
  • Special thank you on my website with link
  • 50% discount on professional services
Commercial Use
$1,000 or more per month
With this option you get unlimited commercial use of everything that is published, for magazines, newspapers and catalogues, with a circulation of up to 2.000.000 copies. Use as long as you are subscribed, with credit in small print.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • Credit and link on an upcoming project
  • Special thank you on my website with link
  • Credits on an upcoming photo series
  • Unlimited commercial use for the Press
Commercial Use Plus
$5,000 or more per month
This option is aimed to advertising agencies. Get unlimited commercial use of everything that is published, for advertising, TV, magazines, newspapers and internet. Use any image, for as many clients as you wish, for up to 12 months per project/client. With credit in small print.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • Credit and link on an upcoming project
  • Special thank you on my website with link
  • Credits on an upcoming photo series
  • Unlimited commercial use for the Press
  • Behind-the-scenes pics and videos
  • Patron-only polls
  • Unlimited commercial use for advertising, TV and Internet
Benefactor
$100,000 or more per month
This is the option for those of you who just like giving.

Includes
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • All of the above
Drunk Benefactor
$1,000,000 or more per month
Have the next drink on me...  Hic!

Includes
  • A beer...
  • Whatever...
Goals
0 of 10 patrons
Your contributions will buy me an essential lubricant for creativity, which can be used by the artist as required. Part of the contributions will be used for rocket fuel to propel my adventure van and to keep me alive. THANK YOU!!!
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Check out some of the AWARDS I won!
Hello and Welcome to Patreon, a website were you can help support the creation of art by becoming one of my amazing supporters! Many of you know me from YouTube and Facebook,  where I post much of my work for free. Here you will be able to ensure that I can continue to create the work you have come to love! Unlike Kickstarter, where the pledges go to one project only, PATREON represents an ongoing support that ensures the production of work is continuous and stimulating. 

My name is Michael and I am a very passionate Italian photographer living in England. I've studied photography at the European Institute of Design in Rome, Italy and at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. I'm inspired by Henry Cartier-Bresson.

I've always concentrated on the artistic type of photography, but it didn't take long to realize that unfortunately art doesn't pay... unless the artist is dead that is, and it's definitely not my time! Because of this and a combination of factors, including curiosity, in my life I've done many different jobs in several fields, but photography has always remained in my heart. I keep producing images. The passion never died. 

 FUTURE PROJECTS 
There are many thing I want to do with photography and again, what's stopping me is only the lack of time. I am most inspired when I travel and I don't mean traveling far and away; even a weekend away becomes a full immersion into creativity. If in a regular at-home month I take 50 pictures, in a month traveling around I can easily hit the 5.000 mark and my per shot images/quality ratio is usually very high.

I was the author and the publisher of the successful website England-Travel-Tips.com,  which unfortunately I had to put to rest, due to the lack of time taken away from daily life and work. So, having the time, bringing this website back to life would be one of my immediate projects. This would lead me to produce many very high quality landscape photographs of places that are mostly off the beaten track and therefore mostly unknown to foreigners.

One thing that I am dreaming of doing, is to park a camper van in Dartmoor National Park, in the middle of nowhere, for a couple of weeks, totally alone and observe (and of course photograph) nature, landscapes, animals, insects. Dartmoor offers this kind of isolation and I think it would be amazing! Being close to nature is the sort of things that really encourages me to produce high quality photographs. I suppose that having been stuck in a large city and traffic for so long, I'm desperately looking for the opposite. I've always been attracted by nature and it's amazing landscapes.

I have recently become very interested in infrared and ultraviolet photography. I am intrigued by capturing what the human eye cannot see. I love the deep black waters, the dark skies and the white leaves that these techniques produce, which pared together with high definition and fine grain, produce very interesting images. This is a type of photography that requires a lot of experiments and patience, as well as a lot of time in post production, but I'm more than willing to put my time into it. Visual pleasure is what I've dedicated my life to.

In the long term, I have a plan to travel overland from London to Japan. I have promised my teenage daughter that for her 18th birthday I will give her the trip of a lifetime. I've promised the same to my little boy. Yes, it's crazy and yes, it's going to be amazing. It will take at least four months to go and come back and I imagine that I'll bring back some 20.000 photographs. The parts I'm most looking forward to are the 2.500km of off-road to cross Mongolia and exploring Korea. I'm hoping to drive through North Korea, but of course given the country's political situation, I won't know if that will be possible till the last minute. I'm also intrigued by the unknown side of Japan, as on TV we are mostly exposed to large cities. 

Lastly, I like cooking and especially eating what I cook, with the right wine of course. I have invented a few recipes that friends and family like quite a lot and I would like to share my creations with you, by making culinary videos, but of course this takes time.


 OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT M
Like my work HERE and HERE
Checkout my website: LifeReportage.com
Like my Facebook Page
Subscribe to my YouTube Channel


 Q & A 
Q: When does the money I pledge get taken out?
A: If you are a new Patron, it will be immediate. If you are automatically renewing your pledge, it goes out every 1st week of the month.

Q: Can I cancel or change my pledge at any time?
A: Yes! If you increase your pledge for the month, you will be charged the difference immediately, so you instantly qualify for a higher tier.

Q: Can I contact you directly for advice?
A: Yes! By choosing the $50 tier, you can submit your photographs and you can get constructive critique and advice on how to improve your skills.

Q: Do I have access to past posts?
A: Yes, you'll have access to everything. Old posts will never be deleted.

Q: Can I hire you as photographer?
A: Yes, and if you are a $500 tier Patreon, you will get a 50% discount on all of my professional services including weddings, which usually start at about $1.800. This means that you would get a full day wedding for half price, only $900! Also if you have any other friends or family getting married, you could take advantage of the same offer, as long as you are subscribed. My hourly charge is normally $250.

Q: Do you work as Professional Photographer?
A: Yes, I occasionally do weddings, but the lack in demand due to: 1. the ongoing financial crises and 2. the ever growing unprofessional competition (e.g. with a digital camera everyone thinks they are a photographer until it's too late) means that I have to do other jobs as well.

Q: Have you ever worked for the press?
A: Yes, In the past I have worked for magazines and publications at international level. One of my most rewarding works includes "Hello America Magazine", which was a magazine printed in 2.5 million copies and distributed in Italy together with the following publications: Il Corriere della Sera (daily), Oggi (weekly), Capital (monthly), Anna (monthly), Dove (monthly), Gulliver (monthly). On the last issue my images appeared on 25 of the total 100 pages of the magazine, including the cover page.

Q: Have you ever photographed someone famous?
A: I'm a former photographer for the Secret Services and the PR department of the Italian Navy and as such I have photographed a large number of personalities, among whom the King and Queen of Spain and the President of Italy.

Q: What jobs have you done in your life?
A: I was an office worker, a delivery boy, a waiter, a regional supervisor, a manager, a vice president, a tour guide, a carer, photographer, sailor, fireman, bus driver, taxi driver, teacher, driving instructor for buses, market trader, cook, web designer and developer, I worked for the government's secret services, I was a toy demonstrator in a toy shop and an airplane pilot. Yes it is tireing, but at the same time very fulfilling.

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Become A Patron
$1 or more per month
Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. Thank you!

Includes
  • Access to basic patron-only content
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
Become an Amazing Patron!
$5 or more per month
Come on board! Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons for only $0.16 a day!

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • 1 Free high quality download per month for personal use
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
4 Free Downloads per Month!
$10 or more per month
Get all the above + 4 free high quality downloads per month, for only $0.33 a day!

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • 4 Free high quality downloads per month for personal use
Unlimited Downloads!
$25 or more per month
Get all the above + Free Unlimited High Quality Downloads of everything that is published!

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • Free Unlimited Downloads for personal use
Submit Your Photos for Critique & Enhancement
$50 or more per month
Submit up to 4 photographs per month to receive professional constructive critique and advice and to have them professionaly enhanced to look at their very best.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • Free Unlimited Downloads for personal use
  • Submit up to 4 photos per month
Credit & Recognition
$100 or more per month
As a valued Patron, you'll be recognized for making my work possible. You also get all the above!

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • Free Unlimited Downloads for personal use
  • Submit up to 4 photos per month
  • Credit and link on an upcoming project
  • Special thank you on my website with link
Half Price Professional Services
$500 or more per month
As a valued supporter, you will receive a 50% discount on my professional photographic services, as advertised on my website http://wedding.lifereportage.com/Prices 

(must have contributed for a minimum of two motnhs) + all the above.



Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • Free Unlimited Downloads for personal use
  • Submit up to 4 photos per month
  • Credit and link on an upcoming project
  • Special thank you on my website with link
  • 50% discount on professional services
Commercial Use
$1,000 or more per month
With this option you get unlimited commercial use of everything that is published, for magazines, newspapers and catalogues, with a circulation of up to 2.000.000 copies. Use as long as you are subscribed, with credit in small print.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • Credit and link on an upcoming project
  • Special thank you on my website with link
  • Credits on an upcoming photo series
  • Unlimited commercial use for the Press
Commercial Use Plus
$5,000 or more per month
This option is aimed to advertising agencies. Get unlimited commercial use of everything that is published, for advertising, TV, magazines, newspapers and internet. Use any image, for as many clients as you wish, for up to 12 months per project/client. With credit in small print.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only polls
  • Comment on posts and pictures
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • Give feedback to the artist
  • Access to enhanced patron-only content
  • Learn never shared before behind the scene stories of images
  • Credit and link on an upcoming project
  • Special thank you on my website with link
  • Credits on an upcoming photo series
  • Unlimited commercial use for the Press
  • Behind-the-scenes pics and videos
  • Patron-only polls
  • Unlimited commercial use for advertising, TV and Internet
Benefactor
$100,000 or more per month
This is the option for those of you who just like giving.

Includes
  • Feel like you are making a real difference!
  • All of the above
Drunk Benefactor
$1,000,000 or more per month
Have the next drink on me...  Hic!

Includes
  • A beer...
  • Whatever...