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Photographer Profile: Twila Federica Muzzi

From issue 96 • The Photo Annual

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Do you recall the first time you started shooting cycling? The first time I realized “Okay, this is what I want to do as more than a hobby” was in 2017 at an under-23 race in Italy. I took a detailed picture of a rider’s face after the race. I got his blue eyes mixed with the redness of the fatigue.

Who were (and are) your photography influencers? My friend Jim Fryer, from BrakeThrough Media, is one of my favorite photographers. He gave me the chance to learn and improve in what I do today. Other great influencers are Russ Ellis and Chris Auld.

Lots of people get “published” online, but what does it mean to you to see your images printed in a magazine? Goosebumps. Both types of publication are important—but the paper, oh, the paper! Nowadays, we see tons of pictures online, but you can’t see the same amount on paper. You can feel the image; touching it means you can live it…. I imagine myself one day showing these magazines to my grandsons.

Twila Federica Muzzi ||| Czech Republic

Europe was hit hard by Covid-19. How did it make you look at photography in a different way? Staying at home was hard to deal with, so I took this chance to get on my bike and explore the Czech Republic. As for photography, I started to get a wider picture of what I want to do in the next years… I asked a friend if I could do a gym shooting—loved every minute of it. I like to discover new stuff, new angles, new faces to shoot.

Your background is Czech and living in Milan. How have the two cultures combined to make you who you are? I lived in Milan till last October when I moved to the Czech Republic. We all know Italy is pure art, right? All the artistry part of myself comes from the Italian blood, while the Czech side is methodical, persevering in pursuing my goals.

What camera bodies and lenses do you love and whether print or digital? I’m more focused on the final product, but I grew up with Nikon because we had them at home. I’m using a D500 and a D300. I love the D500; it’s super-fast, which in cycling is a great thing. I use them with a 70–200mm 2.8 and 24–70mm 2.8. But I have also a 35mm 1.8, which I use for street photography or portraits. I absolutely love prints. I printed some of my favorite shots and put them on the wall. I look at them and say, “Wow, I took that!”

Where is your favorite place to shoot photos and why? There’s no exact place, because I like to shoot details of things and people—like the exact movement of the hands fixing a jersey or taking off dirt from the face. I like to go where other photographers don’t—like shooting Thibaut Pinot celebrating his victory at the bus with his teammates after the 2018 Il Lombardia.

What’s another sport that you would love to shoot? I’d love to shoot skiing. I think you can create lots of artistry things with the snow.

Instagram: @twilcha
Twitter: @twilcham

From issue 96. Buy it here.