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Larry Weidel spent his formative years traveling the world with his parents, as his father had a 23-year career as a member of the US Air Force.
Every year a different posting, apart from one pivotal period, Weidel, at the impressionable age of 12, touched down in Tuscany.
His family was to remain there for an extended period of three years.
The new family home was in Tirrenia, on the timeless coast of central western Italy by the Ligurian Sea.
The streets of the ancient Italian medieval cities like Pisa, Florence, Perugia, Sienna and Rome, hardly changed from centuries before, presenting classical and dramatic architecture enchanted the young Weidel and cast a spell that was to be seductive and enduring.
Inspired by the medieval master painters, his newfound surroundings and the philosophy of Renaissance, Weidel took up painting and photography—pursuits that would indelibly influence the rest of his adult life.
Perhaps the most famous polymath and Renaissance figure, apart from Leon Battista Alberti, was Leonardo da Vinci, whose philosophical approach to the world was revolutionary, as were his inventive artistic endeavors.
Weidel embraced Alberti’s thinking, that “a man can do all things if he will,” and adopted the premise that mankind is limitless in its capacity for development, and mankind should try to embrace all knowledge and develop their own capabilities as fully as possible.
The gifted men of the Renaissance sought to develop skills in all areas of knowledge—physical development, social accomplishments and the arts. The ideal was most brilliantly exemplified by Alberti—who was an accomplished architect, painter, classicist, poet, scientist and mathematician and also a skilled horseman—and Leonardo da Vinci, whose gifts manifested in the fields of art, science, music, invention and writing.
Throughout his remarkable life, Weidel has embodied some of the very same philosophies, and he continues to embrace these concepts to this day. He has studied architecture and become a proficient painter, accomplished musician and outstanding photographer, plus a bestselling author and proficient in a variety of equestrian sports—including show jumping, where he was privileged to compete against Olympic-level riders.
He has also projected these humanistic philosophies onto his professional career with a successful North American organization that he started and is now a dominant part of the parent corporation listed on the New York Stock exchange. One could say that as a result of his early exposures, he has become a true modern day “Renaissance Man.”
Weidel‘s universal approach is tempered by his personal spiritual outlook, he explains his fascination with photography in this fashion, coming from Philippians 4:8, that states:
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Images exhibiting these virtues are exactly the things that Weidel likes to capture. Through the medium of photography, he not only enjoys “dwelling on” these things but is also able to share them with others.