According to Greek mythology, Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess, in other words, the personification of the Earth.

 

Following this idea, Swiss photographer Tonatiuh Ambrosetti presents in this book a series of dramatic landscapes that resemble the convulsive story of Gaia herself. After Chaos, Gaia arose to be the everlasting seat of the twelve immortal Olympian gods, and with her son Uranus, she gave birth to the Titans.

 

Mainly showcasing scenes where human intervention has altered the natural landscapes, Ambrosetti's triumph lies in his clever way of framing the scenes. Sometimes he uses a close-up to focus on a small detail where nature and human intervention collide, and in other occasions it is a panorama that reveals the scale of the alteration, but in all cases the takes are filled with mystery and drama, which besides properly connecting them, creates a special atmosphere of wonder and astonishment.

 

Ambrosetti's eye is purposely focused on chaos, reminding us that this was Gaia's origin and that our attempts to dominate her will always entail a fight, and on the other hand, this approach also tells us that chaos is beautiful in itself, and it is possibly the mystery that surrounds it, which makes it more attractive and invites us to decipher it.

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