Cantiere Ernesto Riva.

Daniele Riva. 6th Generation master craftsmen since 1771. Wooden boat builders and restoration from Laglio, Lake Como. www.barcheriva.it

Francesco Lamon

Francesco is a member of the Italian national track cycling team. I had the pleasure of photographing the Italian national track team during their three day training camp at the Fassa Bartolo velodrome in Montichiari. A special thank you to their head coach, Marco Villa, for being so hospitable and allowing me access to the riders.

Marco Villa - Head coach of the Italian national track cycling team.

I had the pleasure of photographing the Italian national track team during their three day training camp at the Fassa Bartolo velodrome in Montichiari.  A special thank you to their head coach, Marco Villa, for being so hospitable and allowing access to the riders.  Marco has an incredible track record and is a two times world champion and Olympic medallist at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.


Davide Cassani - Head coach of the Italian national cycling squad.

It was an honour to meet Davide Cassani at the indoor cycling track in Montichiari, Italy.  Davide was kind enough to introduce me to Marco Villa, the Italian national track cycling coach.  Unfortunately Davide wasn't there the day after when I brought some decent lighting along, to photograph the Italian national track team during their three day training camp.


Tessuti Milani dal 1588

When I took this portrait I asked Giorgio to think about his business that has been in his family since 1588 and that it will no longer exist when he retires.  Due to changes in the industry he will be the last generation of his family to run this business.

It was wonderful spending a morning with Giorgio in his shop.  When I was testing my lighting Giorgio stood there patiently and said that he didn't like posing with his hands doing nothing.  He wanted to feel his fabrics and touch the cloth.  That is where his passion is and that is what he told me.  

Inspire to learn: The portraits

I can finally start sharing the portraits that I have been taking for my "Inspire to learn" project.  These portraits are of people that have a passion for what they do.  They have been kind enough to share their educational experiences that have helped them to get to the position where they are able to do what they love to do, for a living.  This is a follow on to my project looking at the challenges children face trying to get a decent education at schools in South Africa.  I want to try and inspire people to take their education seriously and to study hard with the aim of achieving their dreams, whatever that might be.  Here are the first portraits..  More images and stories to follow:  http://www.greggfoto.com/portfolio/#/inspire-to-learn/