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Michele Petrucci BC31 | by Fabio Giraldi
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Michele Petrucci BC31

Strobist info:

no.1 SB-28 with 43" bounce umbrella with diffuser (kinda Photek Softlighter) from camera right (90°), shaft at subject's eye level, 1/2 power, 1/2 CTO

no.1 SB-28DX with Orbis ringflash adapter, offcamera left (90°), center at at subject's eye level, 1/2 power, 1/2 CTO

Trigger: Phottyx Atlas

Camera: Nikon D200 with Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

Camera settings: 1/80 s, f/4, ISO 100, focal length 35 (equiv. to 50 mm).

Lighting diagram:


Michele is a great illustrator and comic book artist. And he is from Fano, my hometown, too ;)

He's the author of historical graphic novels ("Metauro" and "Banda Grossi") set in our province, as well as of the hallucinated "FactorY", a novel presentig a group of protagonists which find themselves in a ruined factoy, they can't explain how they get there and they can't find a way out. Until the strange creatures that seem to inhabit the abandoned building start to creep out...

(link to an introduction to FactorY:


The work of Michele is aimed to cast doubts on the reader and to force him to ponder. He employs an underground, espressionistic visual style.

Besides graphic novel, he's involved in illustrations for literature classics and child books. Take a look at his porfolio


I'm an old time lover of the comic book language, which I consider a part of the visual art family (as photography, indeed). I wanted to portrait Michele with a slightly "uncomfortable" light, in an urban location, looking for a non-conventional, "graphical" pose. These are the conditions I consider fitting this subject, which I consider as remarkable contributor to the cultural lore of our community.


PS: Michele likes to share his toughts and creative process in his blog (he's a blogger, too ;) ) -only in italian-


I hope you enjoy! ;)

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Taken on July 8, 2011