This photograph is part of my "Lucus" project, devoted to the beauty of trees. This three trunks oak was shooted from the ground, looking upwards. It's exactly the point of view of the ants, that have their house down there. It's a different point of view, to which humans are not accustomed!
My "Lucus" (sacred woods in latin) project aims to explore, thanks to photography, forests not only as a natural environment, but also as places where is deposited and secured our imagination, the place of the sublime and the beauty, the perfect harmony between culture, history and nature.
The lack of wide horizons determines, in those who come to pass within a forest, the immediate flowering of new sensations: the indeterminate, the hidden, push our imagination towards new frontiers. In this, at least, the modern man is not so different from its medieval ancestors, who saw in the dark forest the magic, the forbidden, the dangerous.
I’m not the “all in a whole” kind of guy: I need to return many times in a place, and then to return again and again. So, I choose places that are not too far from my hometown (about 90 km maximum), between Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, Central Italy. Fortunately, there are many spectacular forests in the surroundings, and a lot of solitary (and centennial) trees. So the subject it’s easy to find, but the work is not so simple, because I prefer to work with rain and cloudy sky, with few exceptions. And I’m not living in northern Europe or USA, where it’s easy to find this kind of weather, but in a sunny, Mediterranean environment!
So, instead this, I take a lot of rain, mud and aspirins to do my job…