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Davide Interrante


Waves of silence

These shots were all taken at the same location. Some in October 2012, others in August 2013.
These are well-known views, of the Tuscan territory of Val D’Orcia. Often seen and reviewed in advertising brochures or in the travel reports of thousands of tourists from all over the world.
The challenge, for me, has been just that. To be able to give a different vision of these places, while keeping their recognizability intact.
I spend at least 20 days in Tuscany every year. So I had more opportunities to go to the places of the portrayed landscapes, taking advantage of the light and sky that best served my purpose.
These fields that open up along the Cassia, in the direction of San Quirico D’Orcia, have a special fascination for me. A charm that reaches its peak when the soil is barren, as in October, or freshly plowed, as in August. And when huge clouds loom in the sky over which the light that precedes sunset breaks.
I have always been attracted to the works of surrealist and metaphysical painters. And among the first photographs I appreciated as a boy were those of Ansel Adams.
I don’t know how much these artists influenced my understanding of the landscape. Certainly, these places inspired in me a transcendent vision of the landscape. With black and white I wanted to emphasize the intensity of lines and shapes, as well as the feeling of fusion between heaven and earth, linked to each other by means of these huge, fleeting clouds, whose roundness and softness are recalled by the gentle shapes of the hills drawn by man’s plow.
This moves me every time. It is the same feeling I also have in front of my Sicilian sea, but here everything appears to give hope, an idea of continuity. As if those paths, those plow tracks, could lead me to the sky, staying on earth. Instead, the sea always swallows my gaze, leaving my illusions to die on the horizon line.
Davide Interrante

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