Massimo CALABRIA, Marco Paolini (text), M.C.MATARWEH (Book Design)

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"I had the privilege of working and living, for a period of 3 months, as a stage photographer, on the set of the movie – La Pelle dell’Orso – alongside the italian actor, writer and dramatist Marco PAOLINI.

What I remember: the long and tiring walks along the paths deep in the 'Stria’s Wood', during short breaks from the set I liked to get lost in the woods, breathe, listen to all the noise, the silences. I remember the dazzling light of the early morning when the Nature in the woods wakes up, I remember the stories of the elders of those enchanted places and their simple but dignified life, I remember visiting those old mountain villages suspended in time, many of which abandoned now, looking for clues.
All those details suddenly came to life together and they surprised me. Constantly I had the feeling of entering two different but complementary rhythms and time dimension: the time and rhythm of the set on one side and the mountain on the other. They mingled, confusing me. This feeling was formed in me as the days and weeks passed. I moved on the set like a stray dog, I let my gaze flow allowing myself to be guided by intuition, I tried to turn the unexpected into opportunities for glance, because an interesting photo may arise from any situation.

Immersing myself in this experience led me to desire a home for these images. So the book was born right there, among those mountains, for me it had absolutely to maintain that intuition I had, to give back that wonder and amazement that I had experienced and received on the set, where everything turned out to reveal something unexpected, something I had not previously imagined.
The stories written for the book by Marco PAOLINI are not linked to the photographs and the movie itself, they travel on separate but parallel trajectories, both on the level of space and time, without the intention to forcibly explain each other, they exists somewhere in the imagination of the reader. What they have in common is the Mountain: Container, Keeper and life-generating, like a story within a story. It is emblematic that the stage photographer contributes to the making of the film by working in the set, but there is no trace on the film of his work. It exists somewhere else. Perhaps in a book, too." (Massimo CALABRIA)