The romantic nostalgia of wanderlust and solitariness captured by photographer Irene Tondelli.
Irene Tondelli is an Italian photographer who has graduated from Libera Accademia di Belle Arti in Brescia with a BA in Photography and got a Master degree from Accademia di Comunicazione in Milano in Art Direction. Her photographic work is mainly based on topographic landscapes, outdoor documentary, and interior photography. For several years, she teaches photography storytelling classes and workshops all across Italy. Her images depict the relationship between man-made and nature as well as landscape and memory. Lots of her photographs are featured in both national and international catalogs as well as photography blogs and magazines.
Artist statement: “Just like two train tracks, the words travel and research run parallel. I think that when we leave, we do it because we are looking for something, newness, amazement, ourselves, memories… Although the scenarios may be new, we tend to seek for something, consciously or unconsciously, familiar to us within them, something reassuring. A trip brings with it some expectations, like ﬁnding something that we won’t almost certainly ﬁnd, or recovering something that has passed and which we will hardly be able to regain: an expectation that sometimes drowses in the torpor of nostalgia or sets behind the horizon of a breathtaking landscape. I would call it affective anthropomorphism, and in the case of memories, a topography of memory. But it is this tension to research that makes us leave and leave again and that vanishes in front of waterfalls, glaciers, endless plains, to make room for the sense of amazement for Nature’s power. It is a sensation very close to the sense of inﬁnity and that clashes with our human condition, our ﬁniteness, but ends up to be comforting: it makes us feel part of something beyond our control, but to which we intrinsically belong. It is this ambivalence between ﬁnite and inﬁnite, fear and amazement, subjective and objective vision, details and wide shots that move my photographic research of the last years”.
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