Coal-Zinc-Lead

Personal Project
Coal, Zinc and Lead are 3 different materials that you can find in nature. They are also the name I gave to a photography book that I made from scratch. Starting from its layout, passing through the style I chose for it and ending with the photographs that I took and lastly selected for the collection. Coal, Zinc and Lead were extracted in Sardinia since the beginning of the 20Th century. Although, 2000 years ago The Romans already knew about mines for the extraction of some minerals. In the 70’s because of the cost of the extraction of materials many companies left Sardinia looking for new areas to exploit. The entire area which is located in the south east of Sardinia become depressed and futureless. Nowadays, there are only old and ruined industrial architecture which are considered part of industrial archaeology. They are partially or completely destroyed by the passing of time.

To justify the idea of these caves blocked in time, untouched after being abandoned I took only black and white photos. In addition, I chose a specific order for the photos in the book. Firstly an introductory photo which define the area ( I specifically investigated 3 areas Su Zurfuru, Carbona, Montevecchio mines). Secondly, there is a main body in which you can find either descriptive photos or a more graphic and aesthetic view of the architecture. However, on some occasions I decided to photograph some ruined buildings reminded of a film called “Dracula” the Murnau version from 1922 in which the ruined building where abandoned and there were no windows or doors to protects them. There were only dark entrances as if they were burial niche.In the last part I used a specific photo which could describe the desolate surroundings, which has now been beautifully overtaken by nature. Although, Sardinia even now has problems concerning mines which are closing, I personally believe it is a beautiful land with hundreds of colours which belong to nature, traditional costumes and rugs. Therefore, I decided to create a book cover which was brighter and more positive in contrast with the inside of the book.

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