The Trekking Project
2009 - _
[ Photography ] 
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In the past twelve years, I focused part of my research on the physical exploration of landscapes. It consists of a series of walks, and hikes, in the urban environment and documents the observation by the use of the camera.

The trekking project started in 2009 in London. During commuting from a place to another, and during the waiting time, I discovered the genuine pleasure of walking and losing in unpredictable landscapes. My commuting became a series of daily peregrinations. In that way, the passive waiting time became a time for thinking.

In that way, the passive time of commuting became a proactive time for discovering, going adrift and lost, within the world around me. Being original from a small town upon mountains and lakes, living in a big city like London, it was easier for me to adapt and spend tim outdoor under any weather conditions, as London offer always protection or a roof.
Walking in the light rain, I found it fascinating by the vulnerability of the UK weather, by the atmosphere generated by humidity, and by the winter light, white and low. At the same time, I began to document the path, through pictures, maps, and collecting things like postcards, news articles, and notes in a sketchbook. This helped me to build up an awareness of the place beyond appearances, educating me on a way of observing the ecosystem around me other than understanding the demography aspect of these places.

More than anything, I was impressed by the impact of the light on the architecture, and I was emotionally in awe and feeling insecure in relation to the functional architectures of social housing, modernist and brutalist builds. As I wasn't a tourist, but a person who lives o could live in these concrete blocks, my gaze changed perceptions embodies the emotion. My commuting became a series of daily peregrinations, where walking to a specific place became the experience of losing in unpredictable places and consequently getting to know always something new.

I started to document these places, under specific weather and light conditions, by the use of a camera.
The photographic point of vie is keep below the horizontal lines and they are almost characterize by the central perspective. All the images are produced staying with knees lean on the ground without the use of any tripod. The result is a photography series that analyzes the impact of the light and the weather conditions on the architecture and my gaze and body in relation with the architecture.

After 2009, I have started to live in different countries and operate in multiple cities. As my idea of identifying myself as a global citizen started to assume a concrete shape, the experience of the first trekking in London opens the way to explore other places, other countries, and towns. By a similar approach, but adapting to the 'topos' I have walked in Northern Ireland as In a tiny hamlet in south Italy or Paris and US, among others.

According to the experience done, it could be seen that, despite keeping the same observation point and the focus on central perspective, every place places have its uniqueness of observation. It is given by the identity of a place as geographical location, the climate the demography, and the political directions, and also by the environmental care we as humans, invest in and the sustainability interest for living species and the territory.

The project doesn't have an end. As unended is the entire globe. The exploration of the living ecosystem could not terminate with 10 places. But so far, two main things are tangible and visible:
The political borders are just a product of power's frustration
In our western countries, we still tend to divide center by the peripheries. But what we see is a much more a complext contaminations. The peripheries are in the center as the center is in pheripheries.