Light and Shadows

  • Massimo Picchieri
  • 2015
  • Inv. No. 321.16.06
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Paesaggio

The third largest country of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman is characterised by its vast and immense deserts that cover approximately 80% of its surface. The Wahiba Sands and the Rub Al-Khali are the two most famous desert areas and they surprise the viewer with their impressive size. The sand dunes stretch for several kilometers, they can even be a hundred meters high and their colorations span from red to yellow and purple, depending on the different mineral compositions.
Massimo Picchieri was born in the province of Milan and, after finishing his studies, in 2005 he took up photography. He reckons that the people he met over the course of years and the places he visited – with all their peculiarities and cultural differences – had a big part in his decision to explore this form of art. These realities gave him the desire of stopping time and space – thus, as hot becomes frozen reality. This way, both the photographer and the viewer can feel emotionally challenged by that one instant that would have otherwise gone lost. As he’s a keen traveller, Picchieri took up documentary photography from the very beginning, inspired by his firm belief in the communicative potential of any confrontation with different realities. The attention the photographer pays to the light contributes to arouse emotions in the viewer.