The result of a long bicycle trip in two stages along Italian coasts, “Orizzonte in Italia” by Antonio Rovaldi is a complex image that has formed over time, through an accumulation of gazes; it is at the same time the trace of an experience, personal and circumscribed, and of an imaginary world, collective and boundless.
“Il viaggiatore parallelo” collects images and words that the author gathered over many years, travelling by train across the Italian peninsula. A book that gives us a deep and parallel feeling of the journey, in which people and views, different spaces and times connect and are reflected in each other.
A great traveler, Plossu has photographed and lived in various parts of the world, but the desert is one of the recurring themes in his work. His emphatic gaze rests on landscapes, things and people, following with a spontaneous approach and without hierarchies, the unstable rhythm of life and the pace of the journey.
The artist subverts the usual relationship between photography and travel to create a completely new, anti-tourist, and anti-spectacular product and places the very act of traveling at the center of his reflection. The focus is on the journey, not the destination, in a deconstruction of traditional forms of representation.
According to the author, “the only way to photograph and observe the world is to walk”. And by walking, along ancient and modern mountain paths, he has written a book – not a travel guide, but one that contains a philosophy of life. Here we also show the photos that marked his travel when creating the book.