I started my photographic practice in the Moroccan city of Fez, from where I built a portfolio of editorial travel imagery. This work found favour with travel, educational and commercial clients.
On returning to the UK in 2007 I went on to make editorial fashion, beauty and portraiture my main focus. I am unashamedly fascinated by women, and an ability to extract often unexpected aspects from my subjects gives a freshness and depth to my work. My distinctive style captures the personality of my subjects, many of become friends.
I recently discovered another contemporary photographer I admire immensely, and can pay him no greater compliment than to quote him here, for I empathize completely;
"I don't use many models as I prefer to form special working relationships with just a few, I think this is the most important part of taking a great photograph. I have very special feelings for my models and they for me. A recipe of trust, understanding, humour and friendship allows my models and I to relax, to relax in such a way that my camera becomes simply a tool for capturing the moments we share. Many people ask me whether I am a romantic when they see my photographs. I take this as a great compliment. It means that I portray women in the right light. I am romantic and in front of such extraordinary beauty I want to create poetry with my camera." Gabriele Rigon