Pernice sarda - Località: campagne di Lula, Barbagia, Sardegna centrale

  • Domenico Ruiu
  • 2009
  • Inv. No. 28.14.03
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Animali
Size M
60x40cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Unframed Mounting
60x40cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting

A master in the art of camouflage, always part of a group but shy and vigilant, the Barbary partridge is the emblem of Mediterranean fauna. From a hut he built next to a watering place, Ruiu was able to capture this elegant and gracious Barbary partridge – a species that is dying out – in a singular moment. The partridge is alone, in the first port de bras position, ready to offer itself in an arresting solo. A key exercise in the Russian dance school, the port de bras is the correct movement of the arms through the basic positions with movements of the head and body. The partridge, in the fifth croisé position, its right leg forward and its head tilted to the right, is photographed in all the gracefulness and mobility of its body, and with a muffled but enthralling coo-coo, it keeps the most faithful spectators from looking away.
Domenico Ruiu has always had a strong relationship with the Sardinian fauna, which is the main subject of his photographic production. His artistic research focuses on the animal world, especially on endangered birds of prey which Ruiu usually hunts with his camera around Italy, France, Spain, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Tunisia, Algeria and Alaska. In Sardinia, he was featured in many exhibitions, which he himself sometimes curated. In 2012, he held a solo show in the province of Nuoro - Ali sul fiume (Winds on the River) - which was followed by a book of the same name, published by Fabula in 2013. Domenico Ruiu regularly collaborates with publishers and public institutions to create photography books centred on the natural world. In the last 35 years, his work has been featured in the pages of the most important nature magazines and has also been the subject of three short movies filmed and produced by GEO Magazine. In 2014, Ruiu was given an honorary degree in Environmental and Forest Sciences by the Department of Agricolture of the Università di Sassari, and in 2015 he was awarded the Premio Le Gru at the Etna Photo Meeting.