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Working on Taranto and Ilva. Update coming...

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My-my

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Back to the story. Long summer, COVID-post months, let's see what is changing in the most resilient neighborhood of the city I live in.


Here some pictures of the first part. If you want to see more check the project in "Project" section and follow "My-my"...

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Woods - Synthesis

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Ongoing Project.

Here what is going to be about:

A series of trees to recall the protection of nature and climate change. Collected around the globe they want to establish a boundless connection in all the globe to underline the reality that we are part of the same system.

Portraits of standing and fallen trees to depict the grace and beauty of the nature. The metaphor is the life and death as we as natural entity are affected by the same destiny.

The flow of images of life and death are not enough to raise awareness that we are not immortal, only climate change and the most recent epidemic worldwide scenario reconnected us with our living nature. Destroying the ecosystem means destroy ourselves, a fallen tree is a life came to its end, therefore appreciate life as essential condition is what we must do from now on, again.

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COVID-19 Prints Donation

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In this hard period with the association "Fotografi Lucani per scacco matto al Corona Virus" I decided to donate two prints. The prints will help to raise to money for the local government to buy D.P.I. to face the emergency. I wish to thanks all the photographers who joined.

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Seismic Regulated Landscapes

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Seismic Regulated Landscapes. On going long term project.
All pictures are taken in Basilicata. They may vary.

I.C.H.E.S.E. (lnternational Commission on Hydrocarbon Exploration and Seismicity in the Emilia Region) commission was set up to analyse the circumstances around the Reggio Emilia earthquake in 2012. The event first occurred in January and then to repeat in higher scale on May the same year with significant effects on structures and population. The requested investigation by the president of Emilia-Romagna region led the international commission to establish if there are connections among seismic activity and hydrocarbon exploration. If the activity altered the natural events, in other words if induced seismicity is real.

The interested area is about 4000 km² and three exploitation licenses have been released in the years, these are: Mirandola, Spilamberto and Recovato. What the commission tries to establish is if “is it possible that the seismic crisis in Emilia has been triggered by...particular invasive research activities, such as drilling, fluids injections, etc..” and if “is possible that the seismic crisis has been triggered by activities for the exploitation and utilization of reservoirs carried out in recent times in the close neighborhood of the seismic sequence of 2012”.

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The underground of Basilicata has the biggest oil reservoir of Europe and like others, the region is one of the most seismic in Italy. In December the 16th, 1857 a violent earthquake with an epicenter in the village of Caggiano destroyed numerous towns between the Val d'Agri (Basilicata) and the Vallo di Diano (Campania) and killed 20,000 people. This episode identified the area as the “Montemurro fault area”.

A few weeks after the event the engineer Robert Mallet was sent by the Royal Society of London to study the effects of the earthquake. Together with the photographer Alphonse Bernoud documented what remained of the villages after the 16th December. Later all data and pictures became the book “Great Neapolitan Earthquake of 1857. The First Principles of Observational Seismology”.

Today in Val d’Agri twenty-four oil wells are working twenty-four hours seven days per week to ensure the mining goals. Once extracted the oil is refined within the C.O.V.A. (Local Refinery) and sent through an underground pipeline to Taranto, in Apulia.

After the I.C.H.E.S.E. commission to monitor the underground reactions to mining activities a network of seismic sensors were placed on the ground in Val d’Agri.

This project wants to picture the contradictions between what the science discovered as possible related consequence of oil extractions activities and how this relates to the life and the landscapes.
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