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Seizing the moment: Diletta Ricci

After interviewing @antoncino and @photoreds, we reached out to another founding member of our territory’s beloved @igerssiena community: Diletta Ricci aka @dida.

Diletta’s ethereal landscape pictures capture the delicate soul of Siena’s countryside, with sunlit colours and soft angles. Her eclectic soul also brings her lens beyond our region’s borders and she confesses a great love for Holland’s northern geometries. During our chat we discussed her passion for music, the importance of just seizing the moment and the pride she takes in being one of the people who launched the great #igerssiena movement.

Tell us your story and how you entered the magical world of instagram and #igerssiena.

I downloaded the app kind of by chance and I fell for it right away. I loved the idea of a social media that didn’t rely on words, where images had their own voice. I have always had a contentious relationship with words, pictures make everything so much easier (at least for me). After a while I found out about Instagramers, #igerssiena was still a rare hashtag and at the beginning we were only few to use it, like me and @antoncino. One day I met him in Siena, I introduced myself and afterwards he asked me if I wanted to join the newborn @Igerssiena team and, naturally, I accepted. And I’m still here!

Which aesthetic choices do you make when describing the landscape in your pictures, especially when it comes to shining a new light on Tuscany’s iconic scenarios?

To tell you the truth, I’m not really interested in describing the landscape, it’s the landscape itself that tells its own story. Photography gives me a means to capture a memory, I love seizing the moment.

Every caption you use actually is extracted from song lyrics. Why did you make this particular choice to capture the atmosphere of your images?

I love music and it has always been an important part of my life. Ever since I was little, music has accompanied me everywhere. My mother used to play Phil Collins while driving me to school. I can associate every moment of my life to a song. Sometimes when I take a picture I already know which lyrics I want to use, while other times the picture itself inspires me or I ask friends for suggestions.

[ We've come a long way, but we're not too sure where we've been ]

A photo posted by Diletta (@dida) on

Which areas or perspectives would you suggest to those who are on the lookout for the perfect Chianti Classico shot?

When it comes to capturing Chianti Classico’s essence it’s pretty simple: vineyards, vineyards and more vineyards! Or olive groves, if you’re looking for something a little different. I’ll never reveal the location of my favorite tree, but maybe if you beg @Antoncino he’ll give you a hint.

Tuscany is one of Italy’s most social-media active regions. How does it feel to be a part of this special ever-growing community?

We are an amazing group of people. Besides sharing a passion for Instagram, we have learned to know each other and have a lot of fun together. I believe that our followers sense this strong bond and therefore feel compelled to fall in love with our region and share their pics with us.  We try to interact with others as much as possible through “best of” contests, daily reposts. Instagram is a welcoming home and we just love basking in is warmth.

With thanks to Diletta for sharing her story and photos