I owe the start of my interest in photography to my secondary school arts and drama teacher Andrew Diedo, at St. Aloysius’ College, Birkirkara in Malta. The Jesuits had long seen the potential of the arts and drama tuition Diedo imparted, which included a ceramics and pottery kiln to our darkroom. That’s where the old school techniques were instilled in me, which years later saw me purchase my own first monochrome Vivitar enlarger, borrowing covertly my Dad’s Praktika SLR, and start shooting snaps of all sorts.
Years later, with my immersion into journalism and several breaking news events related to my military assignments, I found myself picking up a Canon AE1 Programme and using Fuji film rolls like some loyal brand disciple who loved their prints’ blues and greens. The transition to my first DSLR came when I was mentored by the Associated Press local photographer Lino Arrigo Azzopardi, who took me under his wing complete with a Nikon D2X backed up by a Nikon D70.
Several published shots later in local and overseas news print or web news, along with my writing the odd piece or two, I even managed to make it to second place in a Maltese journalists’ institute annual press awards in the news-photography category. Add to that more lenses and a couple more bodies, found myself dibble dabbling in video as well, from production to post editing. That landed me winning as a co-producer a Best Reality Show award in the (then annual) Malta TV Awards, for the hit-series ZERO-91 which was my brainchild to cover the basic military training of some Maltese recruits.
Am still trying to learn more and try my hand at things varied and different in both photography and videography. And that sees me in both the Malta Photgraphic Society (MPS) and the Malta Institute of Professional Photography (MIPP). Here are some very small samples of my modest work:
AT 500px.com: http://500px.com/IvanMConsiglio/flow
AT flickr.com: http://www.flickr.com/photos/13522890@N08
End TV programme credits of TV-production backstage photos: http://youtu.be/b39vQsAiezs