A project on animal remains including bones, horns and shells, in progress.

I’m used to go walking the woods, since I was a child. I live on the Appennini Mountains, in Tuscany, and it’s quite usual to stumble on animal remains now and then. The items in my collection vary rom horns to skulls, from bones to shells. In this collection I’m picturing the remains I think are the most interesting, for their shape, for the animal they come from, for their function in an animal.

This work follows the steps marked by the “straight photography” movement, where a common object was raised to a sort of natural masterpiece once captured forever by the eye of the photocamera, hence letting it a new dimension to the eye of the observer. The attitude of a picture to keep the subject still for the eternity allow the observer to gain a new acquaintance of the item, not possible if one just stumbles on it during a walk and then pass by.

This work is pictured with the alternative process technique of wet plate collodion using a 1900’s wooden camera. Plates are ranging from 4×5 inch through 5×7 inch to 18×24 cm.

Every image is made on aluminum plate.