May 29, 2019
Michele is an Italian photographer who creates compelling visual narratives by roaming and exploring a specific territory. In his series "Walking", Michele rambles the Italian Apennines studying the interaction between human and "its" territory, in the quest for peace, silence and a detachment from urban life. Quiet and thoughtful images abound in his work, which besides showing a beautiful minimalism, invites us to reflect about our influence in landscapes and its permanent alteration.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
MV - I live in the province of Rome and I have been working for 10 years for the municipality of Rome. I attended the "Graffiti" school and held a workshop at "Officine fotografiche" in Rome. At this moment I work on a photographic project that tells the relationship between man, technology and territory.
am - How did you start in photography?
MV - I have always been interested in visual arts and have practiced painting, graphics, street art in different periods. I discovered photography in 2008 as the most suitable practice for my visual research.
am - What is “Walking” about?
MV - "Walking" is inspired by the famous homonymous book by Henry David Thoreau. The series is a visual diary of the territory, filmed over the last 2 years, in which I explored different locations in the central Italian Apennines. I walked on the Gran Sasso, the Monte Terminillo, the Sibillini and other lesser known mountains of central Italy in search of a more authentic feeling towards nature, silence and the possibility of finding the right distance from urban life.
am - What were you most interested in capturing with these images?
MV - I am interested in highlighting the balance between man and his territory, between nature and the anthropized landscape. A very fragile balance that we often forget.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
MV - There are many interesting authors out there, certainly the American school of the '70s is fundamental. Even in Italy we have great landscape authors like Ghirri and Guidi. Currently I prefer to follow authors of my generation to find a new look at the contemporary world. I also find great inspiration in contemporary and conceptual art.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
MV - As for photographers, even choosing a single film is very difficult, the first that comes to mind is "Paris, Texas" by Wenders.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
MV - The ones I browse most often are "Uncommon Places" and "Sleeping by the Mississippi".
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
All images © Michele Vittori