Dario Lo scavo

Country: Italy 🇮🇹

Dario Lo Scavo was born in Sicily and lives in Linguaglossa (CT), a town on the north side of Mount Etna.
Since he was a boy he has cultivated a great passion for nature, he loves to discover new places and is fascinated by photography.
In 1996 he began to photograph Etna, amazed by so much beauty. The desire to discover surprising corners of nature emerges in him, to tell with images and share the emotions experienced.
He takes the opportunity to photograph volcanic activities of important historical and scientific value, such as the paroxysm of the central crater of Etna on 4 September 1999, the most impressive of the last 200 years.
In 2002 he documented the lateral eruption of Etna Nord, a projet that involved him emotionally, as the tourist station of Piano Provenzana, where he worked and exhibited his photographs of him, was destroyed.
In 2003 he rebuilt his little house, with a new shop and the photo gallery where he exhibited the photographic sequences of the 2002 eruption, and a part of an archive that he continually enriches with the most recent eruptive phenomena: an evolving naturalistic photographic reportage that invites visitors to discover the Etna through unpublished images and videos.
He often collaborates with various tour operators, tourist agencies and national (INGV, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology of Catania) and international scientific research and communication bodies.
He has been organizing photography workshops for about ten years.
Since 2011 he has been part of the National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps of the Etna Nord station; since 2013 he has been a nature and hiking guide.
Travel and Reportage.
He undertook several trips to remote and little-known places: South and North-East Brazil (2004, 2005, 2009, 2010), the Brazilian Amazon (Rio Negro and Rio Solimones 2005 and 2006), Venezuela (2006), Mexico (2007) , Israel and Palestine (Graffiti Agency, 2007), Myanmar (Graffiti Agency, 2008), Thailand (2008), South Africa (2012), Ethiopia (expedition for geologists in Danakil, 2013, with Luca Lupi).
In 2000, one of his photos of Etna erupting was selected by the Salomon Group to represent the world final in Sicily of the Adventure Race Word Cup, an international multi-event competition. In 2008 and 2009 he was the author of the 'Creative Quality in Professional Photography' Award, of the National Association of Professional Photographers Tau Visual, in the 'Creative Research and Landscape' categories. In 2018 he was among the authors reported in the international competition of the nature photography magazine Asferico. In 2019 he received a silver medal in the 'Nature' category of the Scattiamo per l'Italia competition. He is among the components of WPC Team Italia, a competition between nations from all over the world. In 2020 he was the absolute winner of the Asferico international competition, one of the most prestigious for nature photography; he wins in the 'Landscape' category with a photo of Etna. In October 2020, on the occasion of the Giro d'Italia, a photo of him was selected to represent the mountain stage with arrival at Etna Nord-Piano Provenzana. In 2020 he was a finalist in the 'Nature' category of the Scattiamo per l'Italia competition, received a bronze medal and represented Italy at the Word Photographic Cup. In 2021 he was a finalist with three photos at the Monocrome Awards-International Black and White Photography Contest, receiving the Honorable Mention. In 2021 he is a finalist in the Bio Photo Contest; he wins in the category 'Composition and Shapes'. In 2021 he is a finalist with a Remarkable Artwork at the Siena International Photo Awards. In 2021 he is again a finalist in the 'Nature' category of the Scattiamo per l'Italia competition. Also in 2021, 5 photos of Etna erupting receive an Honorable Mention at the Monocrome Awards-International Black and White Photography Contest. He represents Italy at the Word Photographic Cup 2022. Also in 2022 he is a finalist in the Bio Photo Contest and wins in the 'Landscape' category, also winning second place.
Main exhibitions.
MarteLive, Alpheus, Rome (2006). Photo Rome, via Monteverde gallery in Rome (2007). Photoshow in Rome (2008), Photoshow in Milan (2009), Photokina in Cologne (Germany, 2012), Expo in Milan (2015).
On his social profile Facebook and Instagram, Dario often talks about himself through his images and interprets the moods of the volcano.