Leonardo Mario Stefani‘s photographs from ‘Terze visioni’, or ‘Third visions’, look at objects and their juxtaposition to each other in the landscape; the forgotten, the marginal, the unimportant, the detritus of man cast aside to create new relationships with their virgin surroundings. The man made caught in the space between nature and metropolis.
While these are seemingly arbitrary images they betray a considered pattern; each object found by chance and captured on camera, deliberately and carefully, composed to expose our casual disregard for both the environment and the objects that populate it. It’s a sad indictment of the modern condition and makes one realise that we no longer even notice, give scant regard to how we effect and influence the landscape around us. And here it is. In Stefani’s photographs we are exposed for what we are; idle consumers, merchants of trash, destroyers of the very place that gives us sustenance. Here’s what he has to say about his project:
I have always been attracted by the marginal elements of the landscape, that vast grey zone populated by objects which are artificial, insignificant and forgotten, a zone populated by casual and ephemeral connections between these objects and their surroundings.
This work is a brief heterogeneous report whose main characters are these “third visions” of the landscape. Despite their marginality and their unplanned nature, these elements may happen to acquire an unexpected meaning and it can even be loaded with symbolic shades.
Third visions is a body of work on how landscape contains icons sedimented in my memory. These personal memories have been brought to the surface by a peculiar sight: the photographic sight.
This catalogue of pictures is the result of a sentimental and a totally personal analysis of the places that ‘gave me hospitality’ during the first half of 2015.