Poisoned Landscapes
9 October 2019

Poisoned Landscapes
(2017 – ?)

In this body of work I have set out to tamper with the firmware of my cameras. I do so to stress the role that human activity has on the environmental degradation, and, in turn, to invite us to give to our planet – and our choices – a second look.

We are living in the Anthropocene. Human activity has tampered with the climate and the environment to the point of becoming a major force in nature.

Still, we disregard how we impair the ecosystems we live in. We fail to acknowledge the impact and severity that such tampering will have on the world we borrow from future generations. We lack the required motivation to reconsider our policies.

Hacking my images, I work at the intersection of photography and painting. The designed processes allow me to mimic custom film emulsions and color renditions. I use them to create positive visuals. It is my contention, in fact, that the Earth will not lose its inherent beauty, even though it may become more inhospitable to current human societies and to other species in the biosphere. In a way, I am photographing nature into the future. I am photographing a world without us.

In a society suffering from a short attention span, my intention is to use aesthetics to win the attention of the viewers. And, in so doing, to invite them to reflect on the theme here addressed. These are political landscapes; these are my Poisoned Landscapes.