Withered camellias and wood #2

Ugo Ricciardi

Withered camellias and wood #2, 2020.
Digital photograph.

Ph credit and courtesy of the artist.


La riscoperta dei ritmi lenti della natura, del giardino di casa e il piacere di poter godere di esso.
Tutto è rallentato e fa il suo corso, ed è stato come ritrovare dei vecchi amici. Fotografare quello che vedevo è stato un passaggio naturale, e ho cercato di farlo nel modo più semplice possibile.
La fotografia delle camelie appassite mostra questo. L’amore e la bellezza di una cosa che, nella vita di tutti giorni, va lenta, e mantiene il suo fascino anche nel declino.
È una fotografia che sa di antico, realizzata usando solo elementi naturali e la luce del sole attraverso le fronde. Il bianco e nero riflette questa lentezza, che io avevo dimenticato e che non vorrei più perdere.

In Europa, la camelia raggiunse la notorietà grazie al romanzo di Alexandre Dumas La signora delle Camelie (1848). Da allora il fiore prediletto da Marguerite Gautier, la protagonista del romanzo che morì precocemente di tubercolosi, ebbe grande notorietà. Così ora come allora una malattia infettiva si faceva strada fra le persone mietendo molte vittime e contagiandone altrettante. La scelta della camelia come fiore adatto alla protagonista non fu casuale, secondo le più antiche credenze, infatti, i giapponesi consideravano la camelia il simbolo della vita stroncata, perché a appassendo non perde i petali ma si stacca completamente intera dallo stelo. [V.C.]


The slow times of nature, of the home garden and the pleasure to enjoy it, it’s a sweet rediscovery.
Everything is flowing slowly and it is like finding old friends again. Shooting what I was looking was very spontaneous, and I tried to do it in the easiest way. The withered camellias photo shows this: the love and beauty of something that is moving slowly. Even though its deterioration, it is keeping its charm.
This is an oldish photo made by only natural elements with the sunlight that come from the leafy branches. Black and withe mean this slowness that often I lost and I wanted never give it up again.

In Europe, the camellia became famous with The Lady with the Camellias (1848), a novel by Alexandre Dumas. Since then the favourite flower of Marguerite Gautier, the protagonist who died prematurely of tuberculosis, got great notoriety. As now as then an infectious disease made its way among people, claiming many victims and infecting just as many. The choice of the camellia as the flower of the novel’s protagonist was not fortuitous. In fact, in the oldest believes, Japanese thought camellias as a symbol of a broken life. This because of when camellia is withering it is not losing any petals but it is completely coming off from its stem. [V.C]

Ugo Ricciardi is a Swiss-Italian photographer living and working in Turin, Italy.

He achieved two Master Degrees in Fashion Photography from Kavendash School in Milan. He began his career in photography by working with La Presse photo agency and then as an assistant at Fabrizio Ferri’s Superstudio Industria in Milan.

From 2015 he started his most important photographic project, the Nightscapes. He exhibited this series in several solo and group shows in international galleries and art fairs. His photographs are included in national and private collections and awarded such as at Tokyo International Photo Awards (2017) and Triennial of Italian Photography (2017). Recently, his Nightscapes has been selected at the 14th Art Prize Laguna for an upcoming group show at the Arsenale, Venezia.

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