Mountain photography by
You are welcome to undertake a visual journey, hopefully also a refreshment for the soul.
My name is Roberto Bertero, just an ordinary person committed to portray extraordinary moments on the Alps.
I am a mountain photographer and a professional musician (a classical organist) based in Turin, Italy. I have been shooting mountains since 2007, but my love for those pristine places has always been part of me, as a symbol of adventure, grace, freedom and mystery.
With just one click on Portfolio you will have access to my favorite pictures taken so far.
For a more specific and integral look to my work, please visit also the many sub galleries.
Photography is about the language of light on shapes. Music is the language of sound in space.
As well as in the last 26 years I've adored to perform concerts in the greatest cathedrals of the world, immersed in centuries of architectural history, I live the exact same feeling when I'm temporary witness of the immense scenarios of the Alps, where the play of light unravels the mystery (like the mystical sound of the organ in a Gothic nave) revealing forms and suggestions in the millennial natural scenery of "our" planet.
The act of reaching a summit for me doesn't make much sense if it is not part of a complete alpine experience, like living the mountain at all hours and being able to solve problems related to the survival on the spot (find water, prepare a shelter for the night, etc). Because, in my point of view, only this elements have an authentic charm, and can transform what could be just a sporting activity in a complete life lesson. There is no "conquest" in the mountains, there is only inner search, opportunity to get rid of the superfluous focusing all senses on what really counts in life.
As a matter of fact, the pictures posted in this website can be considered like the top of an "iceberg" which symbolizes a personal path of continuous and deep research about the ancient mysteries of this world and the universe.
Sometimes I think that photography is just a personal excuse to return in certain places, look for new ones... and so continue the "endless journey".
I am conscious concerning the difficulties to render, respectfully, in a single image, all the magnificence I see, on place, with my own eyes....
That's why I am devoting a profound sense of discipline and responsibility in this activity, as a due tribute to the wonderful places I am visiting and also because I can't stand the idea of wasted beauty.
Sometimes I am successful in my efforts, other times less. In any case I feel as interacting with impermanence, somehow "freezing in time" landscapes that will never appear the same again, in a constant immense flux of no fixed nature.
"Then, tell me what you love about mountain."
"The absolute simplicity. That's what I love. When you're climbing your mind is clear and free from all confusion.
You have focus. And suddenly the light becomes sharper, the sounds are richer and you're filled with the deep, powerful presence of life".
Quote from Seven Years in Tibet by great director Jean-Jacques Annaud.
Some achievements, publications:
- Special Award at the 16th edition of the international competition “Fotografare il Parco”, organized by the three Italian National Parks (Stelvio, Gran Paradiso, Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise) and the French Vanoise National Park
- The Daily Telegraph
- Daily Mail
- Daily Record
- Éditions David
- Old Stone Press
- Ev Magazine
- Earth Shots
- Meridiani Montagne
- Carmel Publishing House
- Global Footprint Network
- Photo of the Day on National Geographic
- 1x.com yearbook "Beyond"
- Landscape Photography
- S.Venturi Photoblog
- The Photo Argus
- Rai Educational
- Tabi Labo