THE LEGEND OF THE GRAIN MOUNTAIN
AND OTHER STORIES
From the 20 to the 26 September 2013 I joined 54 Italian photographers, different by age and narrative approaches, worked in the city of L’Aquila in close contact with citizens, local associations, students, etc, to activate a shared process of observation on the landscape, a consistent method to enable a wider critical reflection on the landscape and its representation
As a conclusion of my personal project for
Confotografia I produced a small number of visual reflections and a micro publication to contain them.
Iolanda Di Bonaventura
In a lunchtime conversation with my guide Giovanni, and his family, I have been told about a series of fields and orchards, which after the earthquake were abandoned by the owners. They explained how it became a common habit, in the last few summers, to come back from the Sunday walks with bags full of fruits and vegetables, collected from these plants. I decided to dedicate a part of my work to these trees. In a landscape where mankind betrayed the earth, and where then the earth betrayed people, these trees and their fruits are a gift, metaphors of a natural redistribution of wealth: a novel relationship between mankind and nature.
“ How many people think twice about a leaf? Yet the leaf is the chief product and phenomenon of Life: this is a green world, with animals comparatively few and small, and all dependent upon the leaves. By leaves we live.
Some people have strange ideas that they live by money. They think energy is generated by the circulation of coins. Whereas the world is mainly a vast leaf colony, growing on and forming a leafy soil, not a mere mineral mass: and we live not by the jingling of our coins, but by the fullness of our harvests. “