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Postcard by Alessandra Canteri

issue #29: remote summer

Caleido tells the travel diary of Alessandra Canteri, photographer, from South America to the Galapagos. Welcome to Caleido, an inspirational diary, that narrates many stories: about creative people, trends, travels, objects. / Read the Editor’s letter here.

Diary of: @alessandracanterini

Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
1. If you had to select some photographs to paste into your summer diary, called “Remote summer”, what would they be? Thinking back to when you took them, what struck you?

The project I have chosen to present These boots are made for walking stems from a trip to South America that began in Patagonia and ended in the Galapagos, where my interest focused on the flora and especially the incredibly diverse fauna of these islands. The name Galapagos was given by sailors in honor of the giant tortoises that inhabited these islands, but a guy on the island gave me a second version: gala-pagos would refer to the “galactic showdown” as if arriving on one of its islands would amplify the universe’s positive or negative judgment of us. Land iguanas, descendants of the last dinosaurs, giant tortoises and gannets came from South America. Sea lions and penguins came from the Antarctic pushed by the Humbolt Current, land birds flew across the ocean from North America, the Sally crab has ten legs and comes from Mexico while cats, dogs, goats and pigs were brought by humans. My attention then focused on the legs and limbs and the propellers of movement in space, of these very long erratic journeys between the two hemispheres that found their final destination on these islands, as if magnetized by the volcano that rests beneath them.

Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
2. If you were now in that precise situation, and you had to send a postcard, to whom would you send it? What message would you write?

If I were to send a postcard it would be the image of the blue legs of the sula pata azul, which owes the color of its legs to the sardines it catches every day by throwing itself headlong into the sea. This color makes it unique, and I would send this postcard to those who do not accept the new and the different, those who think one-sidedly and schematically because on these islands they would feel lost, disoriented by the perfect coexistence of such different creatures. The concentration of smells, colors and sounds stands between the carnival of Rio and a circle of Dante. Here there are no rules, chaos reigns supreme, and order is dictated only by nature, by its gusts of wind, by the very fast clouds, by the giant turtles walking with the roosters and goats, by the sharks swimming in the harbor, by the sea lions belching and claiming private ownership of the benches scattered throughout the village, positioned at romantic sunsets that are precluded from us.

Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
3. What is an object you would never part with (apart from your camera)? What emotions does it arouse in you?

I collect stones: on every trip, I always look for one to take home. Looking at them and touching them gives me a sense of peace and sends me back to the origins of the world. Sort of as if they were the holders of history, had gone through it coming out unscathed and, in their own way, telling it to me.

Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
Postcard by Alessandra Canteri
Ph. Alessandra Canteri
Postcard by Alessandra Canteri

Alessandra Canteri is an Italian photographer living in Milan. She discovered her passion for cinema one summer as a teenager, watching and rewatching old Hitchcock videotapes. After studying film between Bologna and Paris, she attended a two-year master’s degree in photography at the C.F.P. Bauer Institute in Milan. He now collaborates with brands and agencies. His photographic practice is mostly in analog and his research starts from a reflection on time, on becoming aware of the impossibility of being able to hold it back, to control it. The perception of being out of time is formally translated into strategies of dilation and contraction of time and space, through repetition and seriality, the micro and macrocosm, in an attempt to reshape the visual memory.

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