We had the good fortune of connecting with Francesco Ponticelli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Francesco, what makes you happy? Why?
Doing what I love. I applied always this principles in my personal and professional life.
On my personal life, I stopped thinking at what people think and I gave up on all the activities where I felt I had a kind of sense of obligation of doing them because there was a judgement if I was not part of them. Saying “no” it has been the most amazing thing I could do to my self, deciding to invest my time in hobbies, activities that I enjoy.
On the professional life I always thought that working on something I love is the secret recipe to succeed: many people disagree, saying you can succeed also applying business principles to any kind of work, task or activity you can be assigned. But would you really enjoy doing that? I don’t! When I need to start working I need to get spontaneously the smile on my face, getting the energy to do something great because I am doing something that fulfills me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I always had the passion for aerial photography and starting to get noticed has not been easy: there are plenty of aerial photographers in my area who do a great job and are well recognized. I overcame the thought that my work could not be recognized because we, as humans, are different when it comes to art, perspective. We can take the picture of the same exact place but what I see in that shot is probably different from what other see: that has been my motivation. And it paid back. Lesson learnt: never give up, do what you do and show it to the world!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Without any doubt to Key Biscayne. It reminds me of Jurassic Park…! what a weird association, isn’t it? I love it because it’s savage, natural, untouched in many parts of its parks.
I would bring them to spend half day to Crandon Park: enjoying the beach, rent a paddle and do some water sport and then go for a walk in the old Zoo. After that I would bring them to the Bill Bagg’s State Park to eat at the Boater’s Grill and then have a walk by the lighthouse and enjoy the sunset.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank my wife Stephanie who always pushed me to be happy, cultivate my passions and do better everytime!