Michele Di Giorgio

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The traditional pig slaughtering feast during the winter in southern Italy. [ITALY, Molise, Castellone di Bojano (CB).]

Wind farm over the mountains. [ITALY, Molise, Frosolone (IS).]

Unexpected beauty among concrete. [ITALY, Molise, Bojano (CB).]

Cheerful sheepdogs in a family farm. [ITALY, Molise, Castellone di Bojano (CB).]

A mountain hamlet depopulated due to a century of migration. [ITALY, Molise, Civita di Bojano (CB).]

During cold season the valley vanishes in the fog. Trees as ghosts is all you can see. [ITALY, Molise, Castellone di Bojano (CB).]

Neon worship along a country lane. [ITALY, Molise, Castellone di Bojano (CB).]

Just an ordinary day in early winter. [ITALY, Molise, Campochiaro (CB).]

A hundred-year-old farm house. [ITALY, Molise, Castellone di Bojano (CB).]

Places, belonging, generations. [ITALY, Molise, Castellone di Bojano (CB).]

A land rich in tales and legends. [ITALY, Molise, Castellone di Bojano (CB).]

Our fortune, our work, our sweat and toil. [ITALY, Molise, Castellone di Bojano (CB).]

A poor region with a lot of issues. [ITALY, Molise, Castellone di Bojano (CB).]

Simple details. [ITALY, Molise.]

The only thing that matters. [ITALY, Molise, Castellone di Bojano (CB).]

It doesn't matter if you leave or stay. [ITALY, Molise, Castellone di Bojano (CB).]

An incomparable value but unknown and frail. [ITALY, Molise, Macchiagodena (IS).]

Nothing else tastes like this. [ITALY, Molise.]

Not old but wise. [ITALY, Molise, Civitacampomarano (CB).]

We are what we know. [ITALY, Molise.]

Michele Di Giorgio

Faraway

“These fragments I have shored against my ruins.”
(T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land)

Molise is a small, wild, mountain region in southern Italy. It’s not a city, it’s far from cities. An authentic place, poor but full of life. These images are a personal account, a private look at my homeland. A collection of details which I feel mine.

Each picture has its own keyword.

All photos are analog. Taken with a Nikon F2 (using 28, 35 and 50 mm lens) and different kinds of film.

 

About me

I was born in 1984 in Molise, in southern Italy. I grew up in a small family farm working since I was a child. My father is the tenth generation of our family to have worked the land. I’m the first one who had the chance to choose my path. After my PhD in social history at Ca’Foscari University of Venice, I’m now a postdoc researcher at University of Pisa.

To me, photography is a passion as well as a kind of therapy. It helps me to relieve homesickness, to not leave my homeland (in some way) and to keep memories alive. It’s also a way to read the present. Most of my photos are fragments, pieces of my unknown region.

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