Marble Quarries photographs “White Silence”, taken in the surroundings of Carrara and Pietrasanta (Italy).
Author : Marine de Villemandy
In 2015, the photographer Luigi Visconti was travelling in the Alpi Apuane (Tuscany) when he suspected a powerful inspiration discovering the white marble quarries of Carrara, among the oldest and most prestigious of the world.
While exploring these quarries, he was so impressed by the spiritual and powerful silence of these empty spaces - broken up only by the echoes of his camera’s shutter - that he walked up there several times, sometimes for more than an hour, to be sure to get the right light.
His photographs of marble quarries evoke a sense of haunting beauty, while concurrently filled with a sense of melancholy; The combination of nature and industrial machinery, the immense proportions of the marble blocks and the absence of any human figures makes these architectural landscapes almost surreal.
Luigi uses a large format camera to highlight panoramic views and details of the blocks of marble.
The artist’s work – in limited editions per work of art – was just exhibited at the Box Galleries in Chelsea, London.