Aquila reale - Località: Monti del Gennargentu, Sardegna centrale

  • Domenico Ruiu
  • 2012
  • Inv. No. 28.14.05
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Paesaggio, Movimento, Animali
Size S
30x44cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting
 
Size L
60x120cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Unframed Mounting
 
60x120cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting
 
60x120cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted on Dibond with Americana frame Mounting
 

A golden eagle – elegant and majestic – glides on a large boulder in the Gennargentu Mountains, its flight feathers turned upward and its tail feathers completely open. The light spots under the wings and on the undertail coverts stand out in the foreground to captivate our gaze, showing us that this is a young specimen of Sardinia’s largest raptor. To capture his shy and suspicious subject on film, Ruiu had to elude its mistrust by tricking it. Every night for over two months, the photographer took shelter in a hut he had built, exploiting a natural hollow in the ground. Positioned in a heap of corpses in which other birds of the same species felt secure enough to devour their prey, Ruiu was able to capture the power and expressiveness of the young eagle, in a forceful shot with sculptural quality.
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.