Il mondo che non vedo
2007 / 2022
Il Mondo Che Non Vedo
I work on the series Il mondo che non vedo
(The world i do not see) from 2007, is an ongoing project that focuses on aesthetics and mysterious beauty of abandoned locations, still having a soul, a meaning as vectors of layering sensations and images that make them live, independently to our memory and our experience, creating a strange atmosphere of expectation, bordering the surreal.
The aim I set myself was not to expose their dereliction, but rather to render the grandeur and magnificence of these spaces, which are now forgotten and on the path to extinction, and thus seem to belong to a parallel world.
I was struck by shapes, lines and volumes when arranging my shots, but I was mainly guided by light. I seek to give my pictures a markedly rigorous quality, with a sharp contrast of light and shadow, and it was precisely in these places that I rediscovered the magic and symbolic significance of this contrast: light shining on the grand architectures of a decaying empire, with broad areas of shadow and deep black hues, as if to evoke bygone history and offer glimpses of a new one. The photographs were taken all across the world: in the USA, Belgium, Germany, UK, Italy and Eastern Europe. Yet, they do not constitute a kind of map of neglect: for what matters is not so much the when and where, as the loss of the coordinates of these places that border on the surreal, altering the perception and sense of time, which seems to have frozen.