摄影艺术--摄影师Luca Tombolini作品LS VII
In this tenth chapter of my bigger project about landscape studies, I visited United States’s west. Seeking as usual a connection with the land I found a clashing difference between the majesty and spirituality of the sceneries and the values of contemporary society. Looking back at historic facts it was easy to see how little the newcomers had embraced the land’s spirituality. The questions raised aren’t just a local culture matter but they made me think even more about which relationship should modern man adopt with the place that generated himself, through the mystery of origin of Life and the still-blank page that the understanding of the Cosmos is, in order not just to address environmental problems but ultimately to save himself by giving a meaning to his own existence.
During the summer of 1941 these white limestone hills saw the massacre of between 4000 to 10000 people, the exact number is uncertain. It’s Slana concentration camp, on Pag island, Croatia.
The prisoners corpses were piled high in mass graves or thrown into the sea after they had been executed or had died by exhaustion. This document from lieutenant Santo Stazzi, who took charge of the disinfection of the camp when it closed down in September 1941 tells a story of brutality, fear and annihilation。
I’ve spent a lot of time walking on this peninsula: sharp stones, heat, the glare of white reflection, thirst, silence, peace.
Time stands still when I'm there, the place radiates serenity and what happened only a few decades ago is inconceivable. But its presence is around; still, at night you breathe quietly and stare into the void. This is what they saw.
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