il futuro è negli alberi | the future is in the trees

One of the recurring words when talking about the environment is “reversal”, understood as the urgent need to change policies, production, consumption patterns, and lifestyles. However, in order to reverse the course towards a sustainable future, I think we need to become individually aware of the problem and radically change our view of the world around us. The starting point for me is definitely trees: I invite the observer to stop and look at them and consider that life on Earth would be impossible without them.

Some of the trees – perhaps along a road that we pass by casually every day, or grown in a private garden – are monumental because they bear witness to history and cultural identity. These majestic patriarchs have been included in a national list that recognises their value to the community, to be protected and safeguarded for future generations.

Preserving trees, and planting more of them, is perhaps the simplest, most beautiful and effective way to combat the climate crisis.

In my project, I have chosen to portray a number of trees characterised by their monumental requirements such as age and size, and scenic value. The trees are all located in the municipality of Perugia, in Umbria. I have made three shots of each tree, from detail to full-length.

The project was produced in the context of a national project promoted by Fiaf – Federazione Italiana Associazioni Fotografiche – on the theme “Ambiente Clima Futuro” and has been posted on Fiaf site, by Pietra Cavalieri

Some images from this project have been showcased by Artdoc Photography Magazine in the online exibition LENS BASED ART and for the eBook HOW TO READ IMAGES 2022