Around the desert

  • Massimo Picchieri
  • 2013
  • Inv. No. 321.16.08
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Paesaggio

Described by Thomas E. Lawrence, in the work Seven Pillars of Wisdom, as “vast, echoing like a god”, the desert of Wadi Rum, Jordan, is impressive due to its harsh and wild nature. The hot sand dunes are interrupted by canyons and rock formations that make the place, at first sight, arid and inhospitable. In these places the survival is assured by the numerous oases that scatter the desert: ideal spaces for caravans and travelers to stop.
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.