Nov 21, 2018
Federico is an Italian photographer who portrays the landscapes that surround him attracted by its light and daily situations. In his series "Visioni di memorie che crollano" (Visions of collapsing memories), Federico explores the consequences of the mountains depopulation and the lives of those who still remain there. However, when making this project, Federico had an unexpected surprise. In one of the abandoned houses, he found glass plate negatives dating back from the early 1900's. Then he scanned and incorporated them into the project, resulting in an interesting dialogue between the past and present of a unique place.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
FA - Hello, and thank you! My name is Federico Aimar, I'm a photographer based in Italy and graduated from the Institute European of Design. I have always been interested in landscape photography as a tool for the deepest understanding of the world and man. I like to call myself an explorer of the surroundings and immerse myself in the common landscapes where perhaps the most spectacular element is the placidity of light, photographing those daily details that make our life what it is. I think that photography is an escape to another world that is in this world.
am - How did you start in photography?
FA - My relationship with photography started in 2010, during my studies, but to be honest, I didn't know what I was doing. I was in eternal conflict with myself and my images. In 2015 I was selected for the artists residence "Reflexions" of Camera Torino with Alex and Rebecca Norris Webb, and that was the hammer blow on the anvil; I was in the middle. I wanted to go far to capture the exotic because everything that was near seemed to me unworthy, unnatural, in-photographed, but during the residence, I realized that my photography only made sense if it was driven by love and hatred for what I was looking at. So I never left and I continued to photograph the landscape where I have my freedom to walk.
am - What inspires your work?
FA - The curiosity and the desire to see the world from a different perspective.
am - What is “Visioni di memorie che crollano” about?
FA- "Visioni di memorie che crollano" (Visions of collapsing memories) is an exploration of the mountains and its time, in which I felt it was necessary to document not the causes of the depopulation of the mountains but its less obvious consequences in the short term.
Starting from the houses that collapse as metaphors of memories that slowly fade over time, I began to photograph the ruins scattered in the mountainous landscape; small bastions that still resist, as if the effort spent in building them was a glue against the relentless time. At the same time as I was wandering in the mountains, in an old uninhabited house like the ones I was photographing, negatives on glass sheets dating back to the early 1900s were found, almost as if destiny wanted to bring together the modern and the ancient. So, as part of my research, a brief dialogue was born with an unknown ancient photographer, in which some photographs were exactly reflected: close in space, far in time.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
FA - Luigi Ghirri, Guido Guidi and Alec Soth are some of my favourite photographers. I also really like the work of Cai Guo-Qian.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
FA - Oh well, that's a hard question! I really like contemporary Italian cinema with titles like "I Cormorani" by Fabio Bobbio, "Le quattro volte" by Michelangelo Frammartino or "Bella e perduta" by Pietro Marcello.
am - Do you have any project in mind that could be a personal or professional challenge?
FA - At the moment I'm trying to make a book from the body of work "Visioni di memorie che crollano" with a bigger selection of images from today and the past.
am - Can you recommend us a photo book?
FA - "Ravens" by Masahisa Fukase.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
FA - Thank you very much for your time!
All images © Federico Aimar