le pietre, le montagne, gli alberi, i fiori, le erbe, le stelle...
The landscape is a state of mind
Some places are an enigma, others an explanation
May your path be winding, windy, lonely, dangerous and lead you to the most spectacular panorama. (Edward Abbey)
A man without a landscape is a man without any resources.
I live of landscape, I recognize in it the source of my blood. It penetrates my eyes and increases my strength. Perhaps the reason for my travels around the world was nothing more than a search for landscapes, which functioned as powerful call.
The phrases above I have reported as mottos of my way in photographing landscapes, because they are words that fit perfectly on my way of being and viewing, of "going for landscapes": it is definitely my favorite kind of photography. I remember that since I was a child the landscape has always bewitched and enchanted me, when we went around, even during school trips, while all my companions sang, played and joked noisily on the bus, I was in silence, with my forehead stuck to the window, enchanted to observe the world that flowed in front of my eyes ! Even today, as then, I have not lost the habit, and when I drive the car, my head is always bent to the right or to the left with respect of the road !
Photography and landscape are a language that transcends words, every attempt to "explain" the landscape in words fails miserably in my opinion, because photography and landscape tell the inexpressible, the ineffable, tell about us, and go beyond that border between our inner world and the outer world: a good landscape photograph blends these two worlds together, and no word can ever explain their essence. Also for this reason, each landscape will always tell different stories, depending on who is photographing it. It is a symbolic and intuitive language, which "dies" if explained or rationalized, so I prefer to leave the word to the images, hoping they will please you and communicate emotions to you.
my last captures :
Una bella veduta sulla Val Mozzola e, in successione, sulla Val Taro e la Val Baganza, ripresa dalle pendici del Monte Grosso, la cui ombra incombe sul paesaggio circostante come un sipario, che chiude la scena man mano che l'ora si attarda.
Esiste una geografia del pensiero: vi sono le zone miti e temperate, le più affollate; le calde e le fredde, già molto meno abitate; infine le zone dell'equatore e delle nevi permanenti, dei soli e dei ghiacci intollerabili, dove soltanto pochi, e per breve tempo, si avventurano.
- by Franco Arminio, italian poetry -
Il tramonto di questa sera verso i Groppi di Camporaghena in Lunigiana. Quando vedo questi paesaggi, li inseguo come un cacciatore insegue la sua preda, e mi nutro della loro bellezza fino all'ultima goccia di luce. Deperirei inesorabilmente senza queste visioni, i migliori antiossidanti contro l'usura della vita !
Un paesaggio incantevole, una delle zone rimaste ancora piuttosto "selvagge" del nostro appennino, luoghi che proprio per questo amo in particolar modo. Una grandiosa veduta sull'aspra bellezza del monte Pareto e sulla sua scoscesa Ripa Nera, che la luce radente del sole mette in bella evidenza. Questo versante scende ripido sulla Val Pessola,...
Nature and the landscape have always been my favorite subjects, and it is in the middle of the woods and along the rivers that I took my first steps in the field of photography. When as a boy I became passionate about photography, but I still did not have a driving license, I wandered around the river that flows next to my country, to find subjects and inspirations, and always looked curiously at those mountains that stood out on the horizon, with the dream to reach them a day . It was not a pipe dream, it was enough to wait until you were old enough to get your driving license ! But even today, that array of rocky reliefs that frame the horizon of my country, are like a powerful magnet for my soul ! To tell the truth, even the river, although I know it by now like the back of my hand, never ceases to surprise me and give me beautiful emotions, I think it's a love story !
Nature and landscape are fundamental components of myself, some said that the landscape is a state of mind, and I feel to be an integral part of Nature, of all its elements and its manifestations, I often look for intimate and complete contact, a regenerating source for physical and psychic forces and energies.
The Nature in its several manifestations is balm and tonic for the soul, for the most primitive part, most wild and primal of my spirit, that I feel deeply mine, and to which I could never give up.
Walking barefoot on the river cobbles, among the dry and fragrant leaves of the forest floor, hugging trees and getting lost in the woods, plunge into the cool limpid waters of the rivers, becoming inebriated by the scented air of the forest and getting enchanted by evening lights: sometimes these are almost mystical or spiritual experiences, you really feel the breath of the planet, you perceive in and out of you the powerful and subtle presence of Mother Nature, and sometimes does not feel boundary or distinction, i feel myself an integral part of all of this.
Photography is a very engaging way to live, search, and telling these experiences, to try to share them, to try to convey something of these emotions and feelings, something deep, which goes beyond simple aesthetic and formal research, beyond technique and compositional rules.
main links to my landscape gallery on the web
Apennines winter landscape
Landscapes on my Tumblr blog
The brown season
Monti Sibillini National Park - Tuscany
Giaredo canyon - Tuscany
Zonerama photo albums
The landscape on the way