TwiLight Silhouette, Those Who Come and Those Who Leave, 2016-18
TwiLight Silhouette, Those Who Come and Those Who Leave (TwiLight) is a series shot over an interval of proximately 90 minutes before and after sunset. The panoramas are comprised of 8 to 40 photos compiled with digital stitching software. The images are loaded with metaphoric and symbolic meaning hovering between Day and Night, Lightness and Darkness, and Being and non-Being. As daylight falls after sunset, TwiLight Silhouette portrays evening joggers running around the 16th century Medici Fortress located in Siena, Italy (my country and city of birth). In the panoramas runners are portrayed multiple times as they enter (those who come) and leave (those who leave) the picture frame. Their body is often silhouetted against the background sky. As runners loop around the fortress, daylight gradually dims transitioning to nighttime. The brownish haze in many early evening images, and the over-saturated sunset skylines is partly due to the presence of air pollutants like nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere. The otherworldly skylines and their apparent beauty are a stark reminder that if we continue abusing our environment humans may be heading towards the twilight of their existence on earth. With this series, I continue to experiment with single and composite images that explore ideas of time passage, space, simultaneity, the cyclical nature of existence as well as concerns about the sustainability of life on our planet. All photographs are archival digital prints.
Fact of Fiction?: Smog Creates Beautiful Sunsets (Scientific American)
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