Anthropologist and Photographer Michele Paier is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photography essay. From his project ‘Amman‘. To see Michele’s gallery of projects click on any image.
The project “Amman” focuses on an old cotton mill, named Amman: a huge structure in the Northeast of Italy, active from the second half of ‘800, and since around 1980’s inactive and left abandoned.
The project presented is a slow reportage, the result of several months of exploration around its different areas together with long exposures.
This work is influenced by the Japanese aesthetic concept of “Wabi-Sabi” applied to a typical Industrial Archaeology reality.
From its original structure typical of early XX century industries, now the landscape shown through these pictures (large and medium format with Mamiya and Linhof) becomes a newly created post-industrial stage with its peculiar scenery.
A similar process of sedimentation to that these walls and elements went through has been applied to the image capture process, using closed diaphragms (/16 to /32) and long exposures time to transfer these layers to slide films.
By Michele Paier