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Though a nutritionist by profession, Italian photographer Alessio Albi has a passion for expressing himself through incredibly atmospheric portraits. The Perugia resident captures stunning images of young women lost in the depths of their thoughts, whether they're surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes outside or curled up in the shadowy depths of their homes.

Although Albi is not afraid to experiment with different settings, styles, and subjects, one element all of his photos have in common is the use of natural light. Rather than rely on bright studio lighting or the harsh glare of a flash unit, Albi lets natural light and shadows play off his models, resulting in beautifully moody images filled with softly subdued tones.

"I love natural light because it creates amazing shapes and volumes that I can’t obtain with artificial light," Albi says in an interview with Andrew S. Gibson. "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." He adds, "I love low light not only because it adds a lot to the atmosphere I want to create, but because it helps me to exclude a lot of details that would distract from the subject."

Alessio Albi on Flickr
Alessio Albi on 500px
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