AT A GLANCE AND WITH STEADY HAND

The negroes of Queensland, gifted with a surprising agility, pierce with a spear the burramundi, a fish the size of our tuna and of exquisite flavor.

AURORA BOREALIS


2013

20 works

Oil paint on paper, wall paper and coloured card on Arizona UV digital print on 320gr Fine Art paper

each 50x70cm

THE NORTH CAPE STRETCHING OUT  TOWARDS  SOLITARY POLAR SPACES

The North Cape, an impressive peak (307 m.) rising  above the sea, is found on the island of Mageröy, 71° 10' 20" on the northern latitude. It is commonly considered the northernmost point of Europe, but in reality, the Cape Knivskjelodden is found 48" further north on the same island. From this point the "midnight sun" is visible from mid-May to late July.

ANTONELLO DA MESSINA - THE MILITARY LEADER

The personality, not only physical but also moral, leaps impressively from this portrait by Antonello, painted probably in Venice in 1474. The upright square head, strongly marked by an iron determination in the dominating eye, and the  biting contempt of the tight lip, arched downwards, have with good reason been attributed to a «leader» and therefore seem to encapsulate the masculine qualities of power and will required from those who are called to lead successfully the most virulent battles.

THE "RAINBOW BRIDGE" NATIONAL MONUMENT IN UTAH

It is the largest natural bridge in the world, its  arch measured by  one hundred meters of rope. Observe the proportions of figures  and horses, bottom left.

THE "SEA OF SAND" THAT SURROUNDS THE BROMO CRATER

On the right we see the cone of Batok, an inactive volcanic cone which is contained, together with the Bromo, within  an immense crater, of which part of the rim is visible here.

VIEW OF THE BAWDWIN MINING CENTRE

Rich mineral deposits are found at the bottom of the narrow valley, that for the purposes of extraction were divided into nine « levels », spaced 40 meters apart and connected to  each other and with the surface through wells equipped with lifts. The « levels » inside which an average of 350 workers operate, are in their turn divided into floors, also connected to each other. In the foreground of the photograph can be seen  the barracks  of the workers; the houses on the mountain slopes are for white employees.

WOMAN FROM THE CHAHAR REGION

The women of the Chahar region, in the eastern part of Mongolia, wear a hat decorated with gold, copper and silver, covered with turquoise, red coral and pearls. On important occasions, a beaded red coral net covers their head down to the shoulders. As seen here, the Mongolian women are very fond of ornaments, often achieving harmonic and sumptuous effects. Unfortunately, this decorative style is not matched by a  sense of cleanliness, at least as it is known in the West.

ASPECTS OF SYLVAN BEAUTY

Mimosa in bloom, gigantic ferns and sparkling streams give a distinct character to certain corners of the dense forests of Western Australia; however, it is a sterile beauty. Unfortunately, the settlers do not seem attracted to the region that could see some of its wild territories transformed in highly productive fields.

IMPOSING CONE OF THE NGAURUHOE VOLCANO

Eternal fire and eternal snow are the characteristics of this giant, around which smoke emanates from the valleys in innumerable geysers.

MIRRORED SOLITARY GIANTS OF MILFORD SOUND

Behind the characteristic Sentinel Peak, overlooking the mouth of the fjord, stands the tall, pointed Mitre Peak.

CONCRETE ROAD ALONG THE SLOPES OF THE MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

AFTER THE BLIZZARD - THE POLAR MASK

The strong winds and the terrible cold that reigns in Antarctica demand the use of heavy equipment and curious, protective masks. Suffice to say that during a hurricane on the Great Barrier, temperatures of 43 degrees below zero were once recorded in mid-summer; in the winter, the thermometer drops below 60 degrees.

SERENE GALLA YOUTHS

A Galla boy and girl, with lively and intelligent expressions, which we could describe as European, were they not betrayed by their dark skin.

MESHHED - STUDENTS OF A GOVERNMENT SCHOOL

Education is spreading in Persia, extending to all children and ceasing to be a privilege of the rich and the priestly class. In all  mosques there is always a school for children, which has as its main purpose  the teaching of the Koran.

MICHELANGELO DA CARAVAGGIO - FEMALE LUTE PLAYER

OLD HERDSMAN AND HIS CELEBRATORY « SZÜR »

No matter how restricted the wardrobe of the inhabitants of puszta, the Szür is always present. These are the work of rustic tailors (szürszabò), who occupy themselves  solely with this form of activity, reaching prodigious levels of skill combined with an instinctive and remarkable sense of art.

EARTH’S ARCHITECTURE LAID BARE - THE LITTLE COLORADO CANYON

The Grand Canyon is the most classic and grand example of « layered profile » and « ledge effect » rock formations. Together the layers form a range of 2000 m. of power, from the Carboniferous to the Eocene periods. Permian limestone outcrops at the base, followed by Triassic limestones, Jurassic sandstones and finally the Cretaceous escarpment, about 400 m. tall. To the right can be seen the Little Colorado, a tributary of the Colorado, whose modest name contrasts with the deep and wild canyons within which it flows.

THE DINGO

The dingo, a wild dog, is still found inland in numerous packs. It is one of only two Australian carnivores - the other being the  Tasmanian devil - but it never attacks humans. Instead, it unleashes its murderous instinct on sheep and a single dingo can slaughter, overnight, 30 or 40, just for the sake of killing. The Australian Government pays a reward, which varies depending on location, for each dingo killed.

THE ITALIAN WHALING SHIP BLOCKED BY AN ICE-FIELD

The ice is in constant motion. It often happens that the ice-fields build up around the ship, which then remains stuck. There is nothing else to do but wait, sometimes for days, for  the conditions of the ice, under the action of the wind, drift and currents, to be modified and for the ice to loosen its  grip.