My name is Hanisa Valentino and I am a fine art photographer. I see and experience life in pictures, and a camera viewfinder is the portal to my creative work. The photographer in me cannot be separated from the person I am.

My love for photography began when I was a teenager in the late 70s in Italy, the country where I was born and grew up. The movies, fashion and of course the flamboyant Italian culture strongly inspired and influenced me earlier on, but that was only the beginning of my story. 

I began in the 1980s as an amateur travel photographer,  learning how to see and capture the beauty in everything I encountered: people, places and even in the most obscure inanimate objects. After some years, and with less travel, my main interest shifted towards lifestyle portraits and documentary genres and I had the privilege to meet wonderful people with fascinating stories. 

I have done documentary work for community projects, and for various creative people in Scotland, Italy and Australia, from musicians, to painters, sculptors and musical instrument makers.

Nowadays, my main focus are on:

  • Fine-art and conceptual images 
  • Zen Photography
  • Photography tutorials 

I love spending time in nature, it is my sacred temple where I go to find peace, tranquillity and inspiration. Since the realisation that the camera is for me the perfect tool to keep my mind focused and still, I now consciously practise mindfulness and meditation while I’m out in nature with my camera. This is the kind of work I describe as Zen photography. I’m very sociable and enjoy meeting and working with people. Sharing with others my passions, the things I love and I have learnt and continue learning every day, brings real joy into my life. 

(Living the life I dream of is what I do.)

Thank you for visiting my site! 


Artist Statement

I am a light painter, a visual story teller and a self-portrait artist. 

Finding the perfect balanced point within the duality of life, yin & yang, shadow & light, joy & pain, suffering & self-healing are all essential aspects of my creative work. A sorting process of sifting out that which is broken to find that which is precious and pure. 

My work carries symbolic messages and incorporates stories from real life, my main source of inspiration. The use of props and composite techniques in Photoshop allows me to add a wee touch of magic to the fine-art images I produce with a boundless creative freedom of expression.

Photography is the medium I use to escape all societal expectations and rules, and it offers me the ideal creative space where I can totally immerse myself with focus and presence, it allows me to speak without words of all the beauty I see around me.

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